+ Johnny Cash would have been 82 on Wednesday. It’s as good a time as any to ask, as Russell Moore does here, “Why would twenty-something hedonists revere an old Baptist country singer from Arkansas?”
+ It’s always nice when influential people prove that genuine friendship is possible between those on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. Cornel West, a progressive public intellectual who belongs to the Democratic Socialists of America, and Robert George, who has been called “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker,” recently sat down at Swarthmore College for a conversation about “what it means for intellectuals to learn from each other despite deep differences on important questions.” You can view their conversation here.
+ Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday, and Page CXVI is giving us a new batch of songs for this upcoming season of the Christian year. “Lent to Maundy Thursday” releases next week, which will be followed by “Good Friday to Easter” during Holy Week.
+ Christians in the Central African Republic are using their church buildings to shelter Muslims from attacks by other Christians. This crazy story comes from Slate: “On the grounds of the church, the men kneel on rice sacks pointed toward Mecca and whisper their prayers.”
+ I was inspired and encouraged by this introduction to “The Vicar of Baghdad” in First Things.
+ Given ongoing events in Ukraine and Venezuela, I was interested in Matt Ford’s piece in The Atlantic Cities about the public square as a “physical manifestation of democracy.”
+ How anti-poverty programs fail to account for the role fathers play in children’s lives.
+ This New York Times story about uranium pollution on the Navajo reservation is so tragic and sad.
+ A sobering look at the options Guatemalan migrants (don’t) have after being deported.
+ It’s time for some baseball.