Excellent Reads

HAS ROME REALLY CHANGED ITS TUNE? (GREG ALLISON) 

Five hundred years ago Luther’s Ninety-five Theses constituted a call to debate some of the flagrant errors of the Catholic Church in his time. While we can agree that much has changed, we must also agree that the Reformation remains unfinished.

CHILD POVERTY HAS PLUMMETED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS—HERE’S WHY (DANIEL HUIZINGA) 

A new report by the Manhattan Institute’s Scott Winship shows child poverty has declined substantially over the past 20 years, since the welfare reform act was signed into law. It appears criticism that surrounded welfare reform law was unfounded.

WHY THE CHURCH CAN RESCUE US FROM OUR SMARTPHONES (RUSSELL MOORE) 

Are we caught up in technology? Churches cannot undo technology or the cultural moves behind it. Churches can, though, reclaim the distinctiveness as the institution that sees the human being as a creature, not a machine. Our identity is found in Christ, and Jesus doesn’t care how many Twitter followers we have.