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Catch-up Wednesday: 3 midweek longreads

Get up to speed with the latest news, opinions and insights with our hand-picked in-depth reads.

Pittsburgh Steelers Myron Rolle during NFL football practice
Pittsburgh Steelers Myron Rolle during NFL football practice
Image: Keith Srakocic/AP/Press Association Images

IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.

We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:

1. Praise the lord

We are familiar with the story of missionaries being sent to African countries to spread the word of Christ – but now a Nigerian minister plans to bring his church to Texas, writes Jason Margolis.

(BBC, approx 6 minutes reading time, 1354 words)

Fadele radiates with excitement describing his vision for future events at the auditorium: “Crazy people for Jesus, people who are in love with Jesus, shouting ‘hallelujah’, praising Jesus, having prayer vigils, having fun, giving each other high-fives.”

2. Brains and brawn

Myron Rolle was an intelligent athlete, and set to be an NFL star, says Aaron Gordon. But when he became a Rhodes scholar, the NFL changed its mind about him.

(SBNation, approx 34 minutes reading time, 6967 words)

But Rolle soon realized his coaches were not treating him like other players. Instead of discussing football with him, they spoke to him as if he was some kind of a curious specimen rather than a football player. “The conversation wasn’t ‘Hey Myron, I like the way you got on the hash mark, backpedaled, found the receiver in a Cover 2.’ It was more like ‘Myron, so how do you know President Clinton?’

3. Motherhood and Feminism

Going back to work after having a baby can be a big decision for mothers. Ann Marie O’Sullivan writes about her experience.

(TheJournal.ie, approx 4 minutes reading time, 824 words)

I never imagined having a child. If I ever thought of having children I certainly never thought of leaving work to care for one. The student feminist in me thought many things about stay at home mums, none of them kind. I read books like the Baby Trap which claimed that ” the girls I’ve talked to who have no children are, almost without exception, prettier, more conversational, more aware, more alive, more exciting, more satisfied”.

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