It’s unusual for a story about a missionary to go viral on social media, but one did this past week. John Allen Chau was killed as he attempted to land at an island that’s part of India but is protected against outsiders by Indian law. Twitter went crazy, mostly in expressing sentiments against the missionary. Even the Wall Street Journal had an op-ed that was surprisingly snarky and rather ill-informed. Julia Duin at Get Religion takes a look at press coverage. Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition provides a good review of press coverage as well. Dave Hare, himself a missionary in Cameroon, considers three internet accusations against missionaries. Tim Challies has five points to consider about Chau's death. And Jordan Standridge at The Cripplesgate draws 10 lessons from Chau’s death.
I discovered a number of good posts this week about generational wisdom and an appreciation of what music can mean. Here are two: Zach Morgan at Thin Difference cites three lessons he learned from his grandfather, while Martha Orlando talks about singer Roy Clark.
A new book gathering considerable interest is The War Before the War by Andrew Delbanco. It’s a history of pre-Civil War America, focusing on the Fugitive Slave laws and how the debate was the run-up to the war. He doesn’t draw connections to contemporary politics, but a review by Alan Jacobs at The Weekly Standard uses the book to raise some profound questions.
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