Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

For many years, Terry Mattingly and the other writers at Get Religion have been writing about how the news media cover religion – the good stories, the bad stories, and the ugly stories. One particularly recent and ugly story has been the Pennsylvania grand jury report on 70 years of sexual abuse of children by priests, covered up and “issue managed” by the church hierarchy. And then came a bigger bombshell – the accusation that Pope Francis knew about the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s activities – and not only did nothing but actively used the man in ministry. Mattingly notes in two articles that the big story is the one the media are ignoring, and you find it in the words that aren’t being said. The story is posing a major quandary for the mainstream media, because it runs so counter to the accepted media narrative. John Waters, an Irish journalist, challenges his journalistic brethren at First Things Magazine.

Should Protestants care about what’s happening with the Catholic Church? David French at the National Review says yes, and he makes a good case. (And it’s not like Protestants are strangers to the failings of church leaders.)

Michael Kruger, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., has been posting a series on “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.” This week, he took aim at a big one – that Christianity is about being on a spiritual journey. 

Andrew Peterson deletes his Instagram account, Pamela Steiner takes a close (photographic) look at a spider, The Atlantic has a warning about marijuana addiction, and more.


Poetry Should Propound – Joe Spring.

Life and Culture

A Blessing and Curse for the Arts – Mark Meynell at The Rabbit Room.

Life Lessons from Paul – Jeffrey Drazen at The New England Journal of Medicine.

America’s Invisible Pot Addicts – Annie Lowrey at The Atlantic.

Wrestling the Giant: Why I Deleted Instagram – Andrew Peterson at The Rabbit Room.

Unpacking Peggy McIntosh’s Knapsack – William Ray at Quillette.

Art and Photography

Barn – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

One of God’s Masterpieces – Pamela Steiner at Closed Doors, Open Windows.

Old North in the Morning Light – Chris Naffziger at St. Louis Patina.


The New Thought Roots of the Prosperity Gospel – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.

A Story about Love – Eileen Knowles at The Scenic Route.

Writing and Literature


Gather – Christopher Williams at The Rabbit Room.

Death Valley 8K – The Pattiz Brothers

Painting: Blue Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Frederick C. Freiseke (1935). 

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