Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday Good Reads


The expected Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage has brought a veritable explosion of comment and commentary on the future of traditional Christianity in the United States. Nothing is clear, however, and nothing is likely to be clear for some time to come. Five writers – David Rupert, David Brooks, Rod Dreher, Philip Cary and Bruce Fohnen – are only a few of the thousands weighing in.

One thing I found particularly encouraging this week was a 41-year-old statement by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, dated the day he was arrested by the Soviet KGB in 1974. And a second thing: a song by Alison Kraus, included in the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” but tracing back in published form to 1867 in “Slave Songs of the U.S.,” which means it’s older than 1867.

Happy Fourth of July!

Life and Culture

Live Not by Lies – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

The Detainee’s Tale – Ali Smith at The Guardian (Hat tip: Maureen Doallas).

Brave New World – Kathy Richards at Katdish.

I don’t hate you. I just disagree with your position – David Rupert at Red-Letter Believers.

Rest - A Gift from the Sea - Ann Kroeker.

Faith

The Next Culture War – David Brooks at The New York Times (Hat tip: J of India).

For a New Middle Age – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.

The Benedict Option for Evangelicals – Philip Cary at First Things.

There is No Benedict Option – Bruce Fohnen at Nomocracy (Hat tip: Mike Duran).

The Lamb of God – Martha Orlando at Meditations of My Heart.

In a Haze – Jen Sandbulte.

Photography

The Eternal Present – Jack Baumgartner at the School of the Transfer of Energy.

Monday Morning Rain – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Poetry

Remember? – John Blase at The Beautiful Due.

Nightsong – Laura Boggess.

Nocturne – Richard Maxson at The Imagined Jay.

Lot’s Wife – Mary Harwell Sayler at Bible People.

Mechanical Perturbation – Steven Marty Grant at Urbanality.

Writing


Down to the River to Pray



Top photograph by Tom Barnick via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

4 comments:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Thanks so much for the recommendation, Glynn!
Also, "As I Went Down to the River to Pray" is one of my all-time favorites!
Blessings and Happy Fourth!

Mary Harwell Sayler said...

Thanks, Glynn, for including my poem! God bless you.

Tom & Jen said...

Thanks for the share and for each of these articles. Some great reading. Honored to be included.

Laura Boggess said...

Thank you, Glynn, for including Nightsong here. You've given me some good reading for the long weekend!