Next month, our church in St. Louis is celebrating its 175th anniversary, and the stories that are coming out of the celebration are fascinating. One story is about the elder who led the effort to build the church at its current location in 1933. He passed away shortly after the project was completed. His widow endowed a series of lectures in his name, and the seventh lecture was given in 1946 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., by none other than Winston Churchill. It was the Iron Curtain speech. James Faris at Gentle Reformation reminds us why we should study the history of the local church.
This past week witnessed a wave of articles about American history (see American Stuff, below). It reflects an awareness of just how uninformed we’re becoming about the history of our country (and for the politically inclined, the history of socialism in various countries of the world). Bradley Birzer talks about how America was founded in words. Barry York describes the first book printed in colonial America. Shari Norland at Urban Faith tells us the roots of the Negro spiritual – and the impact that it had. And there’s more.
And if you ever worried that corporations might ditch jargon and learn to speak English, never fear. It’s not happening. Molly Young at Vulture asks, and answers, the question, why do corporations speak garbage language?
More Good Reads
My 6th Year of Exploring London – A London Inheritance.
The Seventeenth Century Library – Deborah Swift at English Historical Fiction Authors.
The Story of John Adams's Perilous Transatlantic Voyage - Craig Fehrman at Outside.
A Heart Devoted to the Welfare of Our Country - John Quincy Adams via The Imaginative Conservative.
John Marshall Saves the Republic – Harlow Giles Unger at American Heritage.
Life and Culture
Rest in peace Larry Tesler, whose copy-paste function fundamentally changed the way we write – Calum Marsh at National Post.
Garbage Language: Why do corporations speak the way they do? – Molly Young at Vulture.
Taking Power in the Academy – Bruce Gilley at First Things Magazine.
Fix the System, Fix the Problem? – Ryan Dueck at Rumblings.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self – Carl Trueman at The Gospel Coalition.
What is it to be human? – Waldo Williams via Kingdom Poets.
Cabo da Roca, Portugal – Poem, Image & A Reading – V.B. Borjen at IceFloe Press (Hat tip: Paul Brookes).
Julian of Norwich in Seclusion – Gail White at First Things Magazine.
Jilted Jesus – Joe Spring at Joe Spring Writes.
Slowed – Joy Lenton at Poetry Joy.
The Truth about Bringing Your Faith to Work – Diane Paddison at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.
Praying the Stations: Art to Illuminate the Word – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
Writing and Literature
The Strange, Forgotten Life of Viola Roseboro’ – Stephanie Gorton at The Paris Review.
Top 10 Answers to “What Are You Writing?” – Bob Hosteler at the Steve Laube Agency.
A Time-Lapse Journey Through the European Alps Phlog Photography
Painting: A woman reading, oil on canvas by Henri Lebasque (1865-1937).