1) "The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. The only true free-thinker is he whose intellect is as much free from the future as from the past. He cares as little for what will be as for what has been; he cares only for what ought to be.” Happy birthday, G. K. Chesterton!
2) Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a 2,700-year-old clay seal with the name of Bethlehem, showing that the town existed centuries before it was revered as Jesus' birthplace.
3) Ben Witherington Jr. on "the growing suspicion that William Harris, the guru on levels of literacy in the ancient world (no more than 10-20%) was wrong, indeed badly wrong if we take into account all different sorts of literacies..."
4) Too catholic to be Catholic. Peter Leithart on why his catholicity leads him to be a Protestant.
5) "...this is a generation mired in fake love and fake war, and that is dangerous. A man who learns to be a lover through porn will simultaneously love everyone and no one. A man obsessed with violent gaming can learn to fight everyone and no one."
--Russell Moore, "Fake Love, Fake War"
6) "In their first Sunday worship away from their 280-year-old historic property, the members of The Falls Church Anglican
congregation in Falls Church, Virginia were too busy laughing and greeting one another to notice the new inconveniences."
--The costly faithfulness of the Falls Church
7) A New Testament scholar reviews MIB3.
8) What were the top baby names in 2011?