I once worked for a CEO who loved people in the abstract but was callous (at best) when dealing directly with people as individuals. Ronni Kurtz at For the Church says there’s a lesson about loving people as opposed to loving the idea of people – from one of the brothers Karamazov.
We know the story of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother to the eventual Elizabeth I. Henry had her executed for alleged adultery and other reasons, the main one being she had not given birth to a son. In her last days before execution, she kept a prayer book with her, and it turns out that the book contains hidden inscriptions suggesting how it was preserved. David Kindy at Smithsonian Magazine has the story.
Glenn Arbery at The Imaginative Conservative argues that contemporary culture is encouraging cowardice, and it is a dangerous development.
Sometimes we don’t need complex explanations of the familiar. Sometimes, a simple explanation may be the most insightful. David Qaoud at Gospel Relevance provides a simple explanation of the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
Rapid-Onset Revolution – Colin Smothers at The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
Waking up from “wokeness” – New Criterion.
The secret university – Jessica Douglas-Home at The Critic Magazine.
The Revolution Comes to Julliard – Heather Mac Donald at CityJournal.
What Exactly Is “Sola Scriptura” Protecting Us Against? – Michael Kruger at Canon Fodder.
Karl Marx and Charles Spurgeon’s Epic Struggle for Souls – Larry Alex Taunton at The American Spectator.
How to Lose a Sense of Wonder – Debra El-Ramey at Pure and Simple.
Sunset – Michael Miller at Society of Classical Poets.
First Communion – Adam Zagazewski via Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
A Sonnet for the Venerable Bede – Malcolm Guite.
Adrienne Rich’s Solitudes – Ed Pavlic at Boston Review.
The Empty Bed – Phil Rogers at Society of Classical Poets.
A Door in Cornhill – The Gentle Author at Spitalfields Life.
Fifty Years Since the Stepney School Strike – Alan Dein at Spitalfields Life.
Holy Water – We the Kingdom
Painting: Girl Reading, oil on canvas (circa 1861) by Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910).