Week on the Web – 31 August

I benefit a great deal every week from some helpful and insightful articles on the internet, and so I thought it might be good to create a weekly forum where I could share some of those that I found interesting, challenging or inspiring. These are in no way an endorsement of all of the content or everything that the writers may stand for, but rather just a sharing of the love, passing on things that have got me thinking during the week. Let me know if you find any of them useful.

The Long Defeat

Wesley Hill uses Tolkien’s image of “the long defeat” as a theme for the life of a celibate gay Christian. In a world full of polarised caricatures on the issues of human sexuality, Hill speaks with honesty, compassion, pain and hope. Find a comfy chair. It is a good, but intense read.

Fighting to Reconcile

Written for an American audience, but a helpful reminder nonetheless of what it looks like to engage in the fight for racial reconciliation. Five pretty solid points here.

Graceland – 30 Years On

I have two older brothers, both of whom are passionate about music. One of the earliest musical memories I have is of sitting in my oldest brother’s bedroom and listening to the entire Paul Simon album, Graceland, on vinyl. That was 30 years ago. I had no idea what controversy it was causing, but the fusion of South African and Western pop sounds was electric to my young mind. This Rolling Stone article tells quite a lot of the backstory.

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