When They Set Fire to Our Monasteries
Philip Jenkins, Aleteia
Day by day, we hear new horrors about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Now, believers living under ISIS control in northern Iraq must choose between conversion to Islam, payment of protection money, or death. Ancient churches and shrines are already in flames.
The Blessings of Liberty and the Index of Culture and Opportunity
David Azerrad and Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse
Opportunity is not merely the absence of artificially imposed impediments. It is also the capacity to pursue happiness, individually and in community. Adapted from the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity.
N is for Narzareth
Russell Moore, Moore to the Point
Christians around the world are changing their social media avatars to the arabic letter “n.” In so doing, these Christians are reminding others around them to pray, and to stand in solidarity with believers in Iraq who are being driven from their homes, and from their country, by Islamic militants.
Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy
David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic
As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes.