You don’t hear as much about this as you used to, but missionaries are still braving, and experiencing, deathly perils to live and preach the gospel. Colin Freeman at The Spectator has a story about one group of British missionaries.
The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre happened in 1572, and thousands of French Protestants were massacred. One man, a Catholic, collected reports, letters – and poems written about the event, and because of him, we have a better understanding of what happened. See “The massacre at Paris” by Tom Hamilton.
Quite a number of good faith stories this week, and good poetry, too. Sean Fitzpatrick has some good insights into Fyodor Dostoevsky, Spitalfields Life has a post about the late artist Dorothy Rendell and a series of drawings and cartoons of 19th century London, and while it’s almost a decade old, a video of James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma performing “Hard times come again no more” is wonderful. The song was written and published by Stephen Foster in 1854.
Art and Photography
So Long, Dorothy Rendell – Spitalfields Life.
The Peculiarity of Early Christian Worship (or How Early Christians Managed to Offend Just about Everybody) – Michael Kruger at Canon Fodder.
Flickers in the Dark – Diana Trautwein at She Loves Magazine.
The Hidden Life – Matthew van Maastricht at thealreadynotyet.
Amazing Grace – Colin Freeman at The Spectator.
Still Evangelical? – Bob Trube at Bob on Books.
When Christians Began Speaking of “the” Antichrist – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.
Thing Worship – Tim Good at The Metho Blog.
The Music before the Music – Jeanne Murray Walker via Image Journal.
Adam’s hiraeth – Whitney Frahm at Altarwork.
“After So Many Fires:” Sacrament of a Broken World – Peter Hartwig at The Imaginative Conservative. (And my review at Tweetspeak Poetry last July.)
Torquato Tasso – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
The massacre at Paris – Tom Hamilton at Oxford University Press Blog.
It – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.
Losing My Mother – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.
Life and Culture
Too Many Books – Daniel Lattier at The Imaginative Conservative.
Gently Down the Stream – Billy Coffey.
Thomas Onwyn’s London – Spitalfields Life.
Writing and Literature
Dostoevsky: Changing the World through Guilt – Sean Fitzpatrick at The Imaginative Conservative.
Seven Tips for Your Next Writer’s Conference – Steve Laube.
A Guided Tour to 2017’s Bestselling Christian Books – Tim Challies.
What Do I Write Next – Enjoy Your Vein of Gold – Ann Kroeker.
Hard times comes again no more – James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma
Photograph: Man reading in a window in Munich Germany by Kinga Cicheiwcz via Unsplash. Used with permission.