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Culture Matters Roundup 11.4.16

Author: The Village Church Category: Culture

1. Growing Up Poor in America

Nicholas Kristof wants our presidential candidates to talk more about poverty here in America. In this New York Times article, he writes about teenagers living in the “broken class”—inundated with violence, drug addiction and mental illness—who have talent and aspirations but lack any opportunity to improve their situation.

What many Americans don’t understand about poverty is that it’s perhaps less about a lack of money than about not seeing any path out.

2. Can a Museum Help America Heal?

This mini-documentary from The Atlantic tells the story of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened this September in Washington, D.C. This is the first national museum dedicated to black history in America.

African-American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story; it’s not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story.

3. The Gone Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on the Train

Emily St. John Mandel did a bit of digging into the trend of popular books with “girl” in the title. Some of these books—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, for example—have also become popular movies.

The “girl” in the title is much more likely to be a woman than an actual girl, and the author of the book is more likely to be a woman. But if a book with “girl” in the title was written by a man, the girl is significantly more likely to end up dead.

4. No Kids Allowed

Kerry Potter writes about hostility toward children in public places, commenting on people’s desire for adult-only restaurants, flights, hotels and more. This desire leads to other questions, especially concerning special needs adults. As Christians, we are encouraged to welcome children and to have faith like theirs.

“Everyone benefits when we all mix together,” says Dr Chicot [child development expert and author of The Calm and Happy Toddler]. “It’s the final part of your development as an adult – to support, teach and look after other people. You gain an extra level of wisdom and patience, which you won’t if you just stay in your bubble, looking after number one.”

5. I Pledge Allegiance

In this political season of unrest, Drew Hunter has some encouragement to cling to—no matter what happens in next week’s election, Jesus will remain on His throne.