Hero pilot, Chick-fil-A, Flannery O’Connor: The Intersect

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SPOTLIGHT

America’s greatest Christian writer? Here’s what Flannery O’Connor’s fiction says about the secular delusion that “God is dead,” ultimate truth, our broken news cycle, why “Christian movies” are often so bad, the power of story, and more.

Meet the heroic pilot who safely landed the damaged Southwest flight: “She’s a Christian, and once said that sitting in the captain’s chair as a pilot gave her the opportunity ‘to witness for Christ on almost every flight.’”

Rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making him the first ever winner who’s not a classical or jazz musician. Here’s how Lamar weaves the complexities of his Christian faith into his music. (strong language)

“TOLERANCE”

The New Yorker published an attack piece on Chick-fil-A’s Christian values. In a new level of absurd hatred, the magazine said, “Chick-fil-A’s arrival in NYC feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.”

Fake crimes: The Southern Poverty Law Center now equates traditional Christian organizations with hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

The latest episode of HBO TV show ‘Silicon Valley’ mocked tech companies’ anti-Christian bias. “You can put micro doses of LSD in your cereal and people will call you a pioneer. But the one thing you cannot be is a Christian.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Stanford study: Religion boosts teenagers’ grades. New research finds that adolescents who practice religion regularly do best in school. Here’s why.

The President of France said Christianity could cure its economic stagnation. Emmanuel Macron said militant secularism had left the country in need of Christian insights to impart a meaning to life and work. His comments were met with outrage.

This year’s hottest cultural trend is flip phones. “I have felt refreshingly less connected.” Can ditching a smartphone provide peace of mind and more authentic connectivity? Time will tell.