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#FaithandCulture Reading: Holy Week, Notre Dame Fire, ‘Mary Magdalene,’ Politics

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In today’s #FaithandCulture Reading, we cull a brief list of some of our favorite articles of the week. Today we highlight resources from Samuel James, Bruce Ashford, David Greusel and Pete Peterson.


Blood Calls to Blood

During this Holy Week, Samuel James reflects on the true nature of the world and the gospel at Letter and Liturgy. He writes,

The world we find ourselves in has blood at the center of it. You can scrub away at it all your life and it will not come up. Holy Week is about blood calling out to blood. His blood exchanged for mine. The blood of a violent, sinful, dying world transfused for the blood that spoke the stars into existence and washes whiter than snow. A bloody world must receive a bloody Savior.

Why We Were Undone by the Notre-Dame Fire

David Greusel is an architect who has served as the lead designer on multiple athletic stadiums. In this article, he discusses the tragedy of the Notre Dame fire. Here’s an excerpt:

What was lost? Surely some very fine and very old carpentry in a cathedral’s attic that only maintenance workers ever see. Possibly some irreplaceable works of art (reports are still incomplete); certainly some irreplaceable craftsmanship. But it’s more than lost carpentry, isn’t it, that we mourn?

The 1 Thing I’d Say to Christians about Politics and Public Life

Bruce Ashford offers an important reminder about the place of politics in our lives. He writes,

Let’s not forget that the gospel cannot reform the whole of culture until it has been embraced in the depths of our hearts. Let’s not sacrifice spiritual revival on the altar of cultural reform.

Film Review: Mary Magdalene

Earlier this week, we published an article that discussed, in part, the new pro-life film, Unplanned. Over at The Rabbit Room, Pete Peterson reviews the new film Mary Magdalene starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Chiwitel Ejiofor. He writes,

Mary Magdalene is a beautiful film. It boasts some fantastic performances. Its landscapes and cinematography are gorgeous. The contemplative tone is lovely and poetic…. And it’s a film that, despite its regrettable end point and a few bumps along the way, takes us on a tour of a lot of wonderful territory.

What other articles would you recommend?

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