Sunday, August 28, 2016

No better angels

After Hebrews 11:1-3 and Psalm 2

Life liberty pursuit of happiness
(or, better, achievement of happiness)
we the people of the people
for the people by the people
vote vote vote
give give give
lobby lobby lobby
(snark) (snark)
nation plots nation rages
leaders chase without leading
followers forget to follow
we plot we rage we take our stand
I know me and me sets me free
unlocks the chains
happiness at my fingertips
within my grasp
mine mine me my eyes
my demands my feelings
a house without foundation
cannot stand will not stand
our natures have no better angels

Photograph by George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Good Reads

It was a big week for articles about faith.

Rod Dreher hosts an essay by the head of a classical Christian school about the lessons of Louisiana’s flood – and one of the biggest lessons is that the individual is far less important than the current culture teaches. And two good articles on faith at work, two on Christian intellectuals, A Smithsonian report on the discovery of a first century A.D. synagogue, why we should keep teenagers weird (aka normal), and a moving account of caring for an elderly loved one with dementia.

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition talks about the dangers of dividing people by generations (Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z). The BBC has a story about how the book first appeared (a technology change from scroll to codex). And good poetry, great stained glass windows of the world, and the world’s largest model railway system.


Threads – Barbara MacKenzie at Signed…BKM.

August – Greg Kuzma at Internet Monk.

Lisa Hess Hesselgraqve’s ‘Words & Images’ – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.


The mysterious ancient origins of the book – Keith Houston at BBC (Hat Tip: J of India).


Where Did the Footprints Poem Come From? – Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition.

Gratitude at Work, Especially for Witness – Jessica Schaeffer at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.

Francis Schaeffer and Christian Intellectualism – Jake Meader at Mere Orthodoxy.

Battle Fatigue – Diana Trautwein at Just Wondering.

Unearthing the World of Jesus – Ariel Sabar at Smithsonian Magazine.

Lessons of the Great Flood – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.

Keep Teenagers Weird – Samuel James.

Christian Identity in the Workplace – Elliot Milco at First Things Magazine.

British Stuff

Life and Culture

Forget Life Plans. Pull Life Strings – Jon Mertz at Thin Difference.

3 Dangers of Diving People by Generations – Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition.

Art and Photography

The 10 greatest stained-glass windows in the world – Jason Farago at BBC.

In Focus – Tim Good at Pixels.

Miniatur Wunderland – the World’s Largest Model Railway System

Painting: Miss Auras, The Red Book – oil on canvas by Sir John Lavery (1892).