Weekly Wrap 8.12.16: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

By Juliet Vedral 8-12-2016

Editor's Note: This week's Wrap was guest curated by Sojourners contributor Juliet Vedral. Read along for her top stories and notes from the week!

1. David Crowder: Christians Have to Speak Up for Refugee Children

There are 21.3 million refugees, half of whom are children. The crises that typically create refugees last about 26 years and nearly 34,000 people are forced to flee their homes because of conflict each day. In this piece, musician David Crowder explains why providing education for these kids is a moral imperative.

2. Trump-Loving Christians Owe Bill Clinton an Apology

If you're going to read one of the many articles about evangelicals supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for the presidency, this might be the most important.

3. Jen Gerson: Hot Take on a Shirtless Trudeau, or Why We Seem to Be Obsessed with Our Leader’s Midriff

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an affinity for showing up shirtless around the country. Here's some helpful commentary on the, um, issue.

4. Simone Biles Takes Home Gold 

5. Congrats Girl! Fiancé of Former Miss California Scoops his 25th medal 

This take on the way female athletes are talked about during the Rio Olympics (and in general) is hilarious and pointed. 

6. An Illustrated Guide to the Epochs of Olympic Fashion

The second best angle of any Olympics coverage I've read this week. Remember windbreaker outfits? This pictorial is enough to make you want to don some running whites (is that a thing?) and go jog on the beach in slow motion while the Chariots of Fire song plays on repeat. 

7. How One Family Is Sending 13 Kids to College, Living Debt Free — and Still Plans to Retire Early

Warning: this piece might make you regret your life choices.

8. A Conversation with Nate Parker about 'The Birth of a Nation'

The Birth of a Nation (coming to theaters this fall) is about Nat Turner's slave rebellion. In this piece, the director talks about his faith, scripture, racism, and his hopes for reconciliation. 

9. Grace in the Unladylike Event of Pooping Your Pants: An Ode to God and Granny Panties

For those of you who ever wondered if it was possible to combine bathroom humor and theology, this essay answers your question. Hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time.

10. Which Character From the Second Half of Titanic Are You?

As Socrates said, "know thyself." This quiz kept me and my coworkers busy for at least ... 20 minutes.  

Juliet Vedral
Juliet Vedral is a writer living in Washington, D.C. She is the former press secretary for Sojourners and now does media relations for a global non-profit organization. Juliet is also the editor of a devotional blog called Perissos. You can find her on Twitter
 

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