Michael's Favorite Reads: The Week of January 20

Each and every week, I will share some of my favorite articles and columns from the previous week. I hope you enjoy this regular feature, and that you'll be introduced to some great writing and ideas. If you find an article that you think is perfect for this feature, leave it in the comments or email me at michael (at) michaelrwear (dot) com. Read last week's favorite reads here.

Jamie Wright: "Say Anything" 

Is the internet wearing you down? Are the conversations and the back-and-forth no longer invigorating, but instead draining? Jamie Wright lays down the gauntlet.

Michael Beschloss for On Faith: "What Presidents Really Believe About God"

This article includes some really wonderful anecdotes of presidents past, their religious practices and their sincerity about their beliefs. I particularly enjoyed the paragraphs about Harry Truman.

Michael Brendan Dougherty for The Week: "The world's most ancient Christian communities are being destroyed — and no one cares"

Michael provides some key insights in this piece. Here's just a slice: "...the Western world is largely ignorant of or untroubled by programmatic violence against Christians. Ed West, citing the French philosopher Regis Debray, distils the problem thusly: 'The victims are 'too Christian' to excite the Left, and 'too foreign' to excite the Right.'"

Ashley Parker and Jonathan Weisman for The New York Times: "House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan"

It's going to be important to see how this is received. It has been a long time coming. Immigration reform is one of the issues that I've worked on since I got into politics, I wrote about it for The Atlantic after I left the Administration, and I continue to track this issue and support CIR however I can. We'll see what the Republicans come out with, but this seems like a promising development.

TOP READ OF THE WEEK: Richard Mouw for First Things: "On Not Being 'Prophetic'"

I have to say, this is an essential read for those speaking about public issues. We should never be content to simply be right (or to think we're right), to be the moral voice from above. The times do not call for simply being right. There is a move in the church now towards the pastoral, towards the incarnational, and this is sorely needed. Make sure to click through and read this from Mouw. It will help you as you navigate using your voice...even, maybe especially, on twitter and facebook.