Saturday, June 2, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

Jon Fielder was a doctor, and a Christian, who could have been a success anywhere, but he made a choice right out of medical school – to practice where he might be most needed. Mark Gerson, who was Jewish, was his close college friend, who started a successful business. Together, they attacked one of the most serious health issues on the planet – AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sarah Eekhof at The Gospel Coalition has the story. 

Canadian David Warren considers the vote on abortion in Ireland and connects it to another story on the front page of the Irish Times last Saturday, about the huge increase in the numbers of Irish young people seeking psychiatric counseling. “When a social order collapses,” he writes, “and ‘conventional’ ideas are overturned — of what is right and wrong, of what is reasonable and unreasonable, of what is true and false, of what is sane and insane — we do not promptly get an alternative social order. Instead we get a world turned upside down: the tyranny of the mad, under the direction of those drunk on power.” Stephen McAlpine takes a different tack and talks about an example of some of the experiences driving the vote – like that of his own mother.

Who knew that Stephen King, master of the horror story, was also a poet? Who knew that communion at church was supposed to be a communal experience? Did you know that the battlefields of World War I are fading but offer a haunting beauty in their decline? And a concert crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London has a singalong – “Shine, Jesus, Shine.”


Post-Miracle – Ashley Wong at Image Journal.

The Autumn Daylight Sky – Joe Spring.

Called to Joy – Friday Happy Hour Poem by Laura via Writing Boots.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (a sonnet) – Malcolm Guite via Literary Life.

The Dead Zone: Stephen King, Horror Writer and Poet – Bev Vincent at The Poetry Foundation.

The Straight and Narrow – Simon Armitage via The Guardian.


Communion is Communal – Rob Tims at Forward Progress.

Mummy Will Be Worried About Me – Stephen McAlpine.

Life and Culture

The Loss – David Warren at Essays in Idleness.

Being on the Wrong Side of History is Irrelevant – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.

No, I Won’t Check My Privilege – Joanna Williams at The American Conservative.

Children Under Siege in the Digital Age – Allison Burr at The Imaginative Conservative.

Art and Photography

There is a Glory in the Soil – Jack Baumgartner at The School for the Transfer of Energy.

Daffodils – Tim Good at National Geographic / Your Shot.

The Fading Battlefields of World War I – Alan Taylor at The Atlantic.

American Stuff

Words That Changed History – Thomas Kidd at Michael Hyatt.

British Stuff

The Enchantment of the Bayeux Tapestry – Carol McGrath at English Historical Fiction Authors.


What About Authors Using Pen Names? – Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspective Ministries.

The Science of Words – Erin Wildermuth at Michael Hyatt.

Don’t Put Everything in Your Book – Dan Balow at The Steve Laube Agency.

Shine Jesus Shine – the Big Sing at the Royal Albert Hall (2012)

Painting: Portrait of a Man Reading, oil on canvas (ca. 1675) by Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681)

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