Snopes.com almost went under financially this past week, saved by a GoFundMe effort that raised more than $500,000. It’s gotten caught up in a messy divorce and an unrelated legal issue with a supplier. Snopes isn’t perfect – it tilted Democrat a few times in the last election and got caught (but it did make the corrections). But it is one of the very few places you can check everything from fake news and urban myths to the subject of the latest chain email you just received. Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute has the story.
In everything I’ve seen about the tragic Charlie Gard situation, the baby in London who has debilitating physical problems, the one thing I hadn’t seen was about the attorney appointed to represent the parents in the dispute with the hospital. The attorney helps run a euthanasia clinic. Rod Dreher has the story. And Giles Fraser at The Guardian shows more insight, and certainly more love, on this story than most writers (Hat Tip: J of India).
Last weekend, my wife and I saw the movie “Dunkirk” and truly enjoyed it. Marshall Segal at Desiring God saw it, too, and didn’t write a review of it. But he did write something else.
Timothy Dalrymple at Orbiter Magazine talks about why changing minds is so hard. Thomas Kidd has a brief history of the altar call. Jack Baumgartner burns a piece of artwork. Clancy Tucker shows some of the photographs discovered in a long-hidden treasure trove of photos of England. Good poetry. And if you haven’t seen it, you need to watch the recitation of Paul Revere’s famous ride.
Hidden Photographs of England – Clancy Tucker.
Art and Photography
Black-line – David Warren at Essays in Idleness.
Different View – Tim Good.
The Benthic Vessel – Jack Baumgartner at The School of the Transfer of Energy
Corners – Brendan MacOdrum at Oran’s Well.
Madeline Defrees – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
Campcraft – Jared Gilbert at Frivolous Quill.
Writing Poems Kids Will Read – Mary Harwell Sayler at Inspire Writers.
Before Moving Day – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
A Brief History of the Altar Call – Thomas Kidd at Evangelical History.
As Petals Fall – Cathy Warner at Image Journal.
Our Cultural Waterloo – Carl Trueman at First Things Magazine.
Life and Culture
Why Snopes matters – Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute.
College, Failure and the Civil War – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.
Why Changing Minds is So Hard – Timothy Dalrymple at Orbiter Magazine.
The Power of Story: Why Our Post-Christian Culture Needs One Now – Hugh Whelchel at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics.
Can Only a God Save Us Now? – Pedro Gonzalez at The Imaginative Conservative.
Charlie Gard is Going to Die – Rod Dreher at American Conservative and Charlie Gard's parents show the strength of human love - Giles Fraser at The Guardian.
The War We Need – Not a Review of Dunkirk – Marshall Segal at Desiring God.
Writing and Literature
Henry James and American Painting – Daniel Ross Goodman at The Imaginative Conservative.
The Spiritual Journey of Self-Publishing: Writing as an Act of Worship – Kris Camealy at Five-Minute Friday.
Recitation of ‘Paul Revere’s Ride’ by the 4th Grade at Providence Christian School of Texas
Painting: Woman Reading, oil on canvas by Henri Matisse (1894).