1. Tim Challies published an excellent, common sense call to stop calling everything that you don't agree with hate. The word is becoming meaningless because it is being used to stifle disagreement rather than indicate actual malice.
2. Karen Swallow Prior penned an important, well-considered, personal reflection on childlessness as a calling. She walks through her own infertility and shows how the church has sometimes made that calling more difficult than necessary.
3. A very good post by Anne Kennedy at her blog, Preventing Grace, wherein she tackles the common problem (for all of us) of dehumanizing those who espouse beliefs with which we disagree.
4. Roger Scruton, an excellent conservative philosopher, contributed to the NY Times recently. He offers an argument that humans are not just animals, but that "science" seems bent on stripping any sense of the uniqueness of humans away from us.
5. A recent Washington Post article takes aim at homeschooling. Basically the idea of that article is that public schools are terrible, but homeschoolers aren't monitored, so lets try to ruin the homeschool process by making them more like the public schools. The Weekly Standard deconstructs the weasel words in the Washington Post and points out the unfounded assertions of the authors of the Washington Post hit piece.
6. Tim Keller recently announced he will be stepping down as senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC. This is sad for those of us who have appreciated his regular sermons. His former associate pastor, Scott Sauls, penned a lovely tribute.