“The period between the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in the summer of 2014 and the election of November 2020 represents the latest in a series of great transitional moments in American history. Whether we emerge from this transition stronger depends on our ability, from the bottom up and the top down, to build organizations targeted at our many problems. If history is any guide, this will be the work not of months, but of one or two decades.” — David BrooksRead more
I listened to the Holy Post Podcast and this week’s discussion (beginning around 10:30.00) has a discussion on an Atlantic Monthly article by David Brooks on the “nuclear family.” It was a fascinating discussion FOLLOWED BY Part 2 of an interview with Matthew Soerens of World Relief on the subject of immigration. Both discussions were challenging and thought provoking.
The podcast is HERE.
The article by David Brooks is HERE.
“People in the exhausted camp are tired of having politics thrust in their face every hour. As Ryan Streeter of the American Enterprise Institute has found, young people who are “lonely at least once in a while” are more than seven times more likely to be active in politics than those who are socially active. Those who are exhausted have other things to do. They want to restore politics to its rightful place, and find meaning, attachment, entertainment and morality in something else besides Twitter wars and election campaigns.”
I am squarely in the second camp. My election wish is to restore sanity.
You might remember “Veggie Tales.” Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales) has a podcast he’s been doing for several years with Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor. It’s now called the Holy Post Podcast and I look forward to it every week. Phil is the funny man and for the first half of the show he cuts it up with Skye and Christian while also discussing hard issues in American Christianity.Read more
“Near the end of (Dorothy) Day’s life, Robert Coles asked her if she had any plans to write a memoir. She was a gorgeous and prolific writer, so it was a natural question to ask. She told Coles that she had once thought of doing that, and had pulled out a piece of paper and wrote ‘A Life Remembered.’ Then, ‘I just sat there and thought of our Lord, and his visit to us all those centuries ago, and I said to myself that my great luck was to have had Him on my mind for so long in my life’ She felt no need to write anything.
What must such peace and tranquility feel like?” — David Brooks, The Second Mountain
“I think back to my college years and am so grateful for a university — the University of Chicago — that gave me the open stacks where I could find The New Masses, and had the gall to force me to read a book that at the time I truly hated. A school can transform a life.” — David Brooks, The Second Mountain
These are the opening two paragraphs in David Brooks’ recent column in the New York Times. The column is hard hitting and thoughtful and will be incredibly controversial (if anyone will pay attention). But those opening two paragraphs are stunning:Read more
From time to time I like to look back and see what I’ve been reading and what has been challenging my thinking and my prayer life.Read more
Last fall I worked through a series called “Living in Babylon.” It was a call to understand the rapidly shifting cultural landscape and then learn how to live like Joseph in Egypt, Daniel in Babylon, and Esther in Persia. Read more