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Cold Links

Rather than linking the newest, faddiest articles and posts, I thought it might be helpful to link to those which have stood some test of time. So here is good reading which has maintained my interest over an arbitrary period of weeks or months. These are not necessarily Christian articles, but strike me as articles displaying clear thinking and helpful perspective.  

"5 Common Mental Errors That Keep You From Making Good Decisions" - This, from James Clear, is a helpful follow up to Rich's recent post about confirmation bias. It turns out such bias is one of five extraordinarily common errors keeping us from clear thinking. This article is worth its weight in gold.

More recent, but related, is this article from Tom Nichols, "How America Lost Faith in Expertise." My personal observation is that this is a problem every bit as real in the church as in secular society.

You may remember the hubub from a few years ago when a Harvard professor claimed an ancient fragment of papyrus showed Jesus speaking about his wife. What you might not know is how crazy the true story actually was. Arial Sabar did wonderful journalistic research for "The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus' Wife." A word of warning: because of one of the characters in this tale, there are some references to pornography.

Last Sunday I preached on a sermon from 1 Corinthians 3 on living a life that matters. It caused me to remember this article about author Ursula Le Guin, who died a year ago, and her wonderful thoughts on spare time versus occupied time.

We've all heard statistics about the evangelical vote delivering the presidency to Donald Trump in 2016. Justin Taylor does a good job showing how the common idea of 80%-of-white-evangelicals isn't a stat that should be trusted. More significant and interesting is Timothy Carney's deeper exploration, "Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump."

Finally, and this is a cheat because it's a newer article on a "hot" topic, I appreciated Zaid Jilani's reflections on the mess Ralph Northam, Virginia's governor, is in: "I’ve spent a decade working in liberal and left-leaning non-profits and news outlets. During that time, I’ve seen the culture of these organizations grow increasingly judgmental and increasingly interested in the personal destruction of those with whom they disagree. More and more, elite liberalism is embracing modes of thought that I once associated with the political Right: joy in punishment and us-versus-them thinking."

Jared Olivetti

Jared Olivetti

I'm a pastor at Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette, Indiana. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, six kids and a loving church family.

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