Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Good Reads

It was a dark week. Writer Ann Voskamp issued (wept may be a better word) a plea for the young girls who have come under ISIS’s control in Iraq, and the Christian community responded. Meanwhile, Washington military and Administration officials kept saying the American strategy for ISIS was still working in the Middle East, while ISIS captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and Iraq looks like it’s on the verge of a civil war between Sunnis and Shiites.

Still, there are good things happening in our world. Writers like John Bloom at Desiring God are helping us to understand that our ministry is our vocation. David Rupert recognizes the fundamental importance of the trials we experience. Maureen Doallas writes a beautiful poem, and Seth Haines writes a poem to his sons.

ISIS and Iraq

Why Boko Haram and ISIS Target Women – Christianity Today.

We Must Not Do Nothing – Jon Bloom at Desiring God.


In the Marrow of Depression and Anxiety – Tania Runyan at Image Journal.

Christian, Your Job is a Ministry Job – Jon Bloom at Desiring God.

Some Thoughts on Vocation – Lanier Ivester at The Rabbit Room.

Bent and Tender – Winn Collier.

The Evangelical Advantage – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.

Religious Freedom is Our Most Dangerous Idol – Matt Appling at The Church of No People.

Don’t Waste Your Trial: 6 Truths That Can Change Your Life – David Rupert at Outside the City Gate.

Laughing at the Fire – Sandra Heska King.


The World’s Problem – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

To My Sons #2 – Seth Haines.

Passing Through – Brendan MacOdrum at Oran’s Well.

Sometimes Loving God is Hard – John Blase at The Beautiful Due.


Write to Stay Connected – Mick Silva.

While My Pen Gently Weeps – Vic Sizemore at Image Journal.


Photography and Art

Spring Showers – Timothy Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Artist Watch: Kay Juricek – Maureen Doallas at Escape into Life.


The Science Behind Why Introverts Struggle to Speak – Jenn Granneman at Introvert, Dear.

Why Men are Retweeted More than Women – Jessica Bennett at The Atlantic.

Photograph of the Roman ruins at Palmyra by Arian Wegers via Wikipedia Commons; sourced via Flickr


Maureen said...

Always so much that's good here, if not in our world. Ann's piece, which I read earlier this week, described such horror.

Thank you for the shout out re my poem and Artist Watch feature.

May you have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday, Glynn.

Sandra Heska King said...

I always love coming here to see what goodies I've missed during the week. Thanks for culling them for us. And what a surprise to find myself here this week. (I've got way too many fire stories.)