Weekly Wrap 12.27.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 12.27.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Mary and the Sacred Act of Questioning

Mary’s example is an especially powerful one in these troubled times when people insist that their truth is the only truth.

2. Betsy DeVos: the Billionaire Republican Destroying Public Education

Cuts, attacks, rollbacks – the education secretary’s campaign to dismantle America’s public system has continued unabated.

3. 'Hum Dekhenge': Power and Pain in Modi’s India

The recent protests might have been precipitated by the Citizenship Amendment Act, but they are the culmination of long-held grievances.

4. Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Secret Weapon for Muffling Dissent at Liberty University

“The phrase that comes to mind is spiritual gaslighting,” one student said.

5. The Odd Weightlessness of 'The Rise of Skywalker'

It will comfort us, as escapism is supposed to.

6. Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I

In the ancient hot mess known as Judea, a young queen had to navigate a self-destructive royal dynasty and one of history's worst husbands.

7. A Christmas Message from Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis shares his thoughts and his blessings this Christmas season.

8. What it Would Take for Evangelicals to Turn on President Trump

Christians concerned about Trumpism may need to turn their focus inward to counter the corrosive influence of Fox News and other forces permeating evangelical culture.

9. Let Speaking Prophetic Truth Guide Us Into the New Year

Our dedication as Christians is to never lose hope, even in the face of adversity. We are instructed over and over in the scriptures to be persistent and not to let fear control us.

10. The Skeptic’s Guide to Christmas

The Christmas story is written for people like us — like all of us, every different kind of person with every different kind of faith and every kind of skepticism. Consider how the story meets each of us right where we are.