What I’m Reading – 1

Welcome to the first edition of What I’m Reading. Every Saturday I will be posting a list of articles, books, or blogs that I find interesting, thought provoking, or insightful. I would love to have my readers submit content as well. If you find something that you have read, seen, or heard that you would like to share, please feel free to post it in the comments below.


Time Magazine has published two articles about evangelical’s views on traditional vs same sex marriage. I’ve posted both of them below.

An Evangelical Defense of Traditional Marriage
As Christians, we understand that marriage and human sexuality reflects the deepest truths of the gospel. As Christians in America, we also understand that government has an interest in promoting marriage as a social policy apart from any theological backdrop since it remains the best catalyst for human flourishing.

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality
As of 2013, just 27 percent of my fellow churchgoers were proponents of marriage equality. But within this topline statistic, there’s considerable generational diversity. For instance, 43 percent of evangelicals in the 18-to 33-year-old demographic that I’m a part of support marriage equality. Even among Generation X adults aged 34 to 48, marriage equality support stands at 33 percent

The Poor Are Not Middle Class

Ruby Payne’s A Framework: Understanding Poverty demonstrates how different classes think. Let me frame this distinction as a test. Among families who still sit down together to eat, which will ask, “Did it taste good?” The wealthy, the middle class, or the poor?

That’s the middle class. The wealthy ask about presentation, “Did it look nice?” The poor will ask “Did you get enough; do you need more?” How the classes think about what’s on the plate is significant, and that’s only one among many differences, what Payne calls the “hidden rules” of class.

What’s Your Worldview
This was a fascinating book. It’s designed as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book; however, instead of choosing your own adventure, you answer a series of questions until the book guides you to a page that explains your worldview based off of the answers you gave. A huge thank you to my friend, Kathy, who recommended this book to me.

John Lane is a worldview teacher and curriculum writer at Artios Academies. He has a passion for teaching the next generation to think deeply and live biblically. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Windy, and his daughter, Riley.