Saturday, December 31, 2022

Saturday Good Reads - Dec. 31, 2022

A long-cherished hymn – do I need to name it? – is turning 250 years old. Faith writer Lisa LaGeorge has a two-part discussion on how it came to be. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. You read the lyrics, and they seem timeless. 

If you get your news only from the newspaper or other traditional media, here’s a little of what you would not know about what happened with Twitter. Big-name scientists were suspended or shadowbanned when they questioned whatever happened to be the prevailing government policy. That included tweeting longstanding information from the Centers for Disease Control. The FBI, despite its “nothing to see here, move along, move along” response, was actively involved in suppressing anything about the Hunter Biden laptop or even campaign jokes about then-candidate Joe Biden. And another government agency, only referred to as “OGA” or “Other Government Agency” in emails between the FBI and Twitter, was also involved in managing what was happening. The “OGA” is believed to be the CIA. David Zweig at The Free Press looks at how Twitter rigged the COVID debate. Jennifer Sey at The Spectator considers the unholy alliance between government and Big Tech.


Wendell Berry has published a highly regarded book about racism. But Berry, true to the independent mind and thinker that he is, also has a problem with cancel culture, and he publicly criticized plans by the University of Kentucky to cover up a mural in its Memorial Hall.


More Good Reads




Buried story of 2022? The persecution of Christians keeps surging around the world – Richard Ostling at Get Religion.


C.S. Lewis’ Wartime Sermons – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative. 


When the City of Man Creaks – A.W. Workman at Entrusted to the Dirt.


Life and Culture


The great anti-ESG backlash – Oliver Wiseman at The Spectator.


Yearning for Roots – Peter Mommsen at Plough Quarterly.


The Simple Charm of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ – Elizabeth Hance at The Gospel Coalition.




The Present—Tense – Damian Robin at Society of Classical Poets.


Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – Agatha Christie at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).


Freedom in Forgiveness – Dan Tuton at Society of Classical Poets.


Utility – Sonja Benskin Mesher.




Edward Hopper’s America: The popular perception of the loneliness in the painter’s work could not be more wrong – William Newton at The Spectator.




Rummaging the Word Hord – Jesse Russell at Front Porch Republic.




Was the rift between Russia and the West inevitable? – Robert Service at The Spectator.


American Stuff


The Metropolis of Tomorrow – Andrew Wanko at St. Louis History Museum.


Sing We the Song of Emmanuel – Keith & Kristyn Getty

 Painting: Man Reading a Letter, oil on oak panel by Adriaen Brouwer (1605-1638)

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