Sunday, July 24, 2016

He used me to find


After 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

He used me to find
you, I was an instrument
a way a means
not an impetus

He used me to teach
you, I was a vessel
a conduit a way
not a fount

He used me to grow
you, I was water
fertilizer, sunlight
not seed

not me

hold to that
tightly
hold to that
completely

always


Photograph by Maliz Ong via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Good Reads


Two stories about faith and love – Loren Paulsson on the struggles of his wife and Tim Challies on Florence Liddell, wife of Eric Liddell. Both are good. Both make you realize what’s truly important.

Chris Yokel probes the meaning of a world swamped in information, and Thomas Frank at The Guardian wonders at how America’s elites have not awakened to the fact that a revolution is underway.

And good poetry, photos of the Waldorf-Astoria through the years (now that it’s going condo), and a flyover of Hadrian’s Wall.

Faith

To the Meaning – Loren Paulsson at World Narratives.

She Had Never Stopped Loving Him – Tim Challies at Informing the Reforming.

What Was a Church Service Like in the Second Century? – Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition.

Arts and Photography

Kolorful Koi – Tim Good at Pics, Poems, and Ponderings.

Functional Brilliance – Russ Ramsey at The Rabbit Room.

Poetry

Time Warp – Megan Willome.

A Cathedral of Words – S.D. Smith.

And I Suppose – Elizabeth Marshall at Wynne Grace Appears.

Heart Beats – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.

Life and Culture

The Life Lost in Information – Chris Yokel at Curator Magazine.



British Stuff


Writing


Flyover of Hadrian’s Wall



Illustration: A standing man reading a book, viewed in profile, drawing by an unknown artist, circa 1779-80; Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dirty hands


After Mark 7:1-13

Your hands are dirty
but you eat anyway
it is not right
don’t you know to wash
your hands first to keep
tradition and rule

Hypocrites
you use tradition
to avoid, to sidestep, to do
what you want to do
you justify it with a sneer
a condescension a judgement
you impose on others but not
yourselves tell me what is worse
dirty hands
or dirty hearts


Photograph by Karen Arnold via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.