Phone Conversations, Our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters, & the Question Abortion Advocates Won’t Answer

Wisdom for Your Weekend is your regular installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with guidance from Pastor J.D., this is our attempt to reflect Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

While we do not always agree with everything these authors post, we share these resources because we find them challenging and enriching. As we often say around the Summit, “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.”

Video of the Week

How Can We Better Understand Our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters? Juan Sanchez. We have more in common with other Christians—whether that’s a Latino immigrant who can’t speak English, or a Muslim-background believer in the Middle East—than we do our own blood relatives. That’s an astounding and beautiful truth.

Articles of the Week

Has the Presidency Skipped Gen X? Peter Beinart. We may never have a president from Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980). As Beinart writes, that’s not just bad news for the Gen Xers; it’s bad news for all of us. Did something go wrong with Gen X? And what can we learn from their (likely) presidential strikeout?

Talk to People on the Telephone, Amanda Mull. As Mull writes, “Phone calls force you to contend with the messy reality of living in a world where other people might need your attention.” Indeed, that’s precisely why phone calls are so valuable. Fellow millennials, join me in bucking the trend: Pick up the phone and call your friend. (For a fantastic book-length argument in favor of conversation, check out Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation.)

The Question Abortion Advocates Won’t Answer, Scott Klusendorf. The debate about abortion in our country often gets muddied up in a hurry. What about cases of incest or rape? What about a woman’s right to choose? What about separation of church and state? But as Klusendorf points out, there is one central question that matters most—and it’s the question abortion advocates won’t answer.

The Five Minute Email Rule, Deborah Tennen-Zapier. Raise your hand if you enjoy email. Wait, nobody? Not even in the back? Well, color me unsurprised. Email is an unwieldy creature, and many of us open our inboxes with a sense of dread. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Tennen-Zapier offers up a helpful rule you can actually follow: Don’t spend more than five minutes writing an email. (For more great advice on email, Tim Challies’ 8 Email Mistakes You Make is the best in the biz.)

On the Lighter Side

Kids Try Exotic Fruits, HiHo Kids. Some of these look pretty cool. But the durian didn’t fare very well.