Sunday, October 22, 2017

The end of history

After Isaiah 65:17-25

This is how it ends:
not with a bang
not with a whimper,
it ends with the light
peeling back the mists
hiding the new Jerusalem,
sorrow banished
from the city of life,
the place where the works
of our hands is realized
and enjoyed, where
nothing is vanity, when
nothing is vanity.
The end of history
is not the end
of the story.

Photograph by Sebastian Kanczok via Unsplash. Used with permission.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Good Reads

For years, St. Louis has had a long-running saga called the city versus the New Life Evangelistic Center. The political administration of the city hated the NLEC, which housed 300 (or more) homeless people a night. After years of litigation, the city finally won, and the NLEC’s operating license was revoked. What I didn’t know was how the city’s Central Library was involved. Ryan Krull at The Millions has the story.

The New York Times has issued social media guidelines so that its reporters and editors will avoid the appearance of partisanship when they use social media. The fact that the newspaper had to issue this unusual document speaks for itself. Journalists’ reactions also speak for themselves – many believe these guidelines will force them “not to tell the truth as they see it.” These days, everyone has a truth, including journalists.

Harvey Weinstein. So much to say. So little to say. Jim Geraghty at the National Review explains why Hollywood has lost its right to lecture anyone. Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg goes further, and indicts the entire film industry. Including himself. I keep thinking of all those YouTube videos of celebrities telling us whom we should vote for.

Few today have heard of it, but in 1840, Henry Ainsworth published a novel called “The Tower of London” which was quite popular in its time. It included a series of illustrations by George Cruikshank, the same artist who illustrated several of the serialized novels of Charles Dickens. Spitalfields Life takes a look at the illustrations, highlighting the “bloody romance of the tower.”

It was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid, and it became a code of code phrase (with “Ozzie and Harriett”) for American life in the 1950s and early 1960s. But perhaps there was more to it than we think. Michael De Sapio at The Imaginative Conservative takes a look at “Leave It to Beaver,” and finds a medieval morality play.

And more good stuff.


Making a Biblical Inquiry – Charity Singleton Craig.

An embarrassment – David Warren at Essays in Idleness.

Art and Photography

Nature Impressions – Tim Good.

James Mackinnon’s Solo Exhibition – Spitalfields Life.

Chaos and Thread – J.L. Jacobs at Abstract Magazine.

Life and Culture

Hollywood Loses the Right to Lecture Anyone – Jim Geraghty at National Review.

The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey – John Branch at The New York Times (Hat Tip: J of India).

The Moral Imagination of ‘Leave It to Beaver’ – Michael De Sapio at The Imaginative Conservative.

What I Want from the News – Tim Challies.

British Stuff

The Bloody Romance of the Tower – Spitalfields Life.


Autumn winds stirs the leaves – and memories – Malcolm Guite at Church Times.

The Anxiety Offices – Lisa Russ Spaar at Image Journal.

Equanimity – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.

Fallen Rising Glory – Tim Good.

Autumn Trees – Loren Paulsson at World Narratives.


Gentri Cover: Let It Be

Painting: Woman reading in a landscape, oil on canvas by Camille Corot (1869).

Friday, October 20, 2017

The rending

After Isaiah 63-64

That the heavens would be rent,
torn apart, sundered, as you descended
the mountains, shaking, the forests
ablaze, the waters boiling,
the nations quaking,
this we did not anticipate.

We shrivel as we quake,
leaves and flowers scorched
in the sun, swept away
by the wind of violence

Only then do we become clay,
only then do we become ready
to be worked by hands holier
than our own

Photograph by hey!Andrw via Unsplash. Used with permission.