1. Aaron Earls is one of my favorite "small name" bloggers. He consistently produces good, thoughtful content off of the main aggregate channels of the blogosphere. This piece he wrote yesterday is a gem, where he discusses the options that the culture gives to Christians and how the growing anti-Christian consensus is a return to historical norms.
I cannot decide which of those beliefs I will embrace based on the popular opinion of the day. For me and many others, they are intertwined and inseparable. To do otherwise would make me a hypocrite. I would be acting in a way contrary to my beliefs.
And that is the lose-lose situation for the Christian. We can become a hypocrite, albeit one praised by culture instead of criticized, or we will be deemed a bigot and/or a weirdo.
2. Basic economics are under attack. The foundational principles of economics, which have been observed by economists for years, are now being discredited by other economists not simply because they need to be adjusted, but because they believe they are outright wrong.
3. Lecrae is a Christian rapper who is being recognized as one of the best hip hop artists. He has taken criticism for not being explicitly Christian enough in his lyrics and for sharing the stage with artists who are distinctly unChristian. In this post at Facts and Trends, Lecrae reflects on what he wishes Christians would have told him before he converted.
4. Bob Smietana interviews a sociologist from Johns Hopkins on the problem of living on less than two dollars a day. This awful level of poverty exists even in the US, and the problem (and solutions) are not as clear cut as it might seem.
5. An argument in the Washington Post that many of Bernie Sanders' proposals would not significantly benefit the most impoverished, despite the crippling costs and good intentions.