The Weekender 11-4-2016
BY MIKE COSPER
This week on Cultivated, we have Bret Lott, a New York Times best-selling novelist, sharing his story, his thoughts on faith and writing, and some surprising reflections on Christians in the publishing world. Give it a listen...
On with the weekender.
- Russell Moore delivered a barn-burning speech on the future of evangelicals and political engagement last week. It's a prophetic call to conscience, and a call to regroup and rethink after this election season. In the New Yorker, Kelefah Sanneh has a long-form profile of Dr. Moore that's well worth your time.
- Rod Dreher pointed to this post by Alan Jacobs earlier this week. I think Jacobs is one of the most important and insightful Christian thinkers and cultural critics of our time, and in the post, he asks Christian organizations to evaluate how a shift in their stance on sexuality makes sense in the light of their own history.
- Church bells rang in Bartella, a town near Mosul, for the first time in two years last week. The town is near Mosul and was freed as coalition forces push in closer to the city. ISIS has been brutal to Christians in the region, and Joel Rosenberg wrote about how Iraqi officials are discussing the possibility of creating a new province to protect Christians and other minorities.
- In other global news, we are still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the regime that harbored Osama Bin Laden and Al-Queda.
- Ross Douthat hits the nail on the head.
- Charles C.W. Cooke points out a problem that Democrats are having in this election, namely that they've exhausted rhetoric to attack republicans. Jonah Goldberg made the same argument earlier this year. Because they've called Mitt Romney and John McCain every name in the book – racists, bigots, ready to put African-Americans "back in chains" – they lack anything potent to say about Trump, whose views are far more harsh and troubling than either of these other men (who, by the way, have strongly opposed Trump).
Finally... the "millennial whoop" is a thing, and it has infected music for the last decade or so.
See you next weekend, by which (we hope) we'll have a new president.