Don Miller and the Modern Temptation to Abandon the Institutional Church – A longish piece, but so very worth your time. Uri Brito nails it.
The Only Thing Worse – “You’re born into the middle of somebody’s life, and then you’re married into the middle of somebody’s life. And so, for always and always, you’re bound to people, through thick and thin, for better or worse. You always will be.”
The Mother – Beautifully spot-on.
Snake vs. Crocodile – “Once the 5-hour reptilian brawl ended, the snake dragged the crocodile to shore. It then began at the crocodile’s head and over the course of just 15 minutes, completely swallowed the entire thing.” The pictures are incredible.
Circumlocutions and Faggotré – Wilson’s wit is sharp enough to shave with.
Ghost Stories and Magic – And hurray for this: “Coldplay have officially awoken from their quasi-hibernation. The British rock group will put out their sixth album, Ghost Stories, on May 19th.”
“I suppose that all endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end… contain within themselves the germs of their own corruption.” – T.H. White, The Once and Future King
Ah, But It Is A Story – Doug Wilson, reading the Grammys like a book.
Everyone Catechizes – “… everyone catechizes their children. Everyone tells their children what matters most, either with their lives, or with their words, or with the songs they sing coming out of Wal-Mart.”
A Defense of Rash Vows – By G.K. Chesterton: “They have invented a phrase, a phrase that is a black and white contradiction in two words – ‘free-love’ – as if a lover ever had been, or ever could be, free. It is the nature of love to bind itself, and the institution of marriage merely paid the average man the compliment of taking him at his word.”
Fake Performers – Simultaneously neat and freaky.
The Hunt – An incredible film. Strictly for the older crowd, but a brilliant, haunting achievement and one of the finest foreign films I’ve seen. Prepare to be moved.
“The family… has long been the object of hate of ambitious intellectuals, for the family stands between the state, to be directed by intellectuals, and total power.” – Theodore Dalrymple, Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality
The Dark-Tinted, Truth-Filled Reading List We Owe Our Kids – An impeccable piece by N.D. Wilson on stories, evil, and the God who overcomes it.
Tales of the New Creation – “The job of the artist in the present is to reach backward into tradition with one hand, anchoring himself there in order to reach forward into the mist with the other—then he closes his fist, taking hold of all he can, and brings into his present a new signpost and plants it firmly. If he does his job well, that signpost may one day become the anchor onto which other artists will cling and reach even further.”
They Were Alive – Beautiful: “And may our children have the courage to do the ‘brave nothing of beholding the sky.'”
The Greatest Reward a Writer Can Have – Indeed.
Don’t Think Like Demons – “It’s a screwy way of thinking. It’s seeing God the way that demons see him, instead of the way that his children should see him. We have to remember that he is the one who sent Immanuel. The name literally means – ‘God with us.’ Or maybe a little bit more loosely – ‘God is on my side.’ He desires the best for me, not the chance to test me and toy with me.”
You Can’t Say Fathers Are Essential – … if the law redefines marriage to make them optional.
“It is not a failure of imagination to see the sky as blue. It is a failure rather to be weary of its being blue – and not to notice how blue it is.” – Anthony Esolen
The Madness of Grace – “Some of it is also the undeserved. You smile because it’s only you. Why you? What, me? Are you sure? Is the address right? You love me? There are others, you know. There are better people, more deserving, better looking, smarter, and definitely more intelligent. You know who you’re talking to, right?”
Monogamy is Unnatural – Matt Walsh responding to an imbecile. Pure gold.
Finally Discussing Paedocommunion for Real – YES. A short, sweet piece on the biblical case for paedocommunion, from Luke Welch over at Kuyperian Commentary.
Steyn I-Told-You-So Moment – A must-read: “Hence Barack Obama and the Democrats’ marked rhetorical preference for ‘freedom of worship’ rather than ‘freedom of religion’. The latter informs your entire life, the former is an hour on Sunday morning – after which you exit the premises and re-submit to the one-party state’s ruling ideology.”
Puerility on a Vast Scale – This gem was quoted by T. Dalrymple in Our Culture, What’s Left of It. Now I want to read the rest of De Custine’s work.
“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” – Ray Bradbury
Ayn Rand Didn’t Understand Capitalism – Or altruism. Or Christianity. Or reality. If you think she did, you need to read this article by Joe Carter.
If You Shop on Thanksgiving… – Another great piece by Matt Walsh: “Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4,000 other people for buy one get one free cargo shorts at Old Navy.”
Getting Our Attention – “Maybe the hilariously un-planned things, the things that should by logic have never happened at all… Maybe those are God’s way of snapping in our face, waking us up.”
The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men and the Women Who Live with Them – This is just absolutely beautiful.
Noah (Official Trailer #1) – Our first look at Darren Aronofsky’s latest project. Frankly, I’m not sure what to think yet. Part of me is pleasantly surprised; the rest of me is trying to remember the last time Hollywood and the Bible actually got along. And I’m drawing a blank.
Not Just About Getting the Door Open – Because it’s not a question of pragmatics.
Thus Spake Obama – Only Steyn could write such a funny piece about a not-so-funny business: “The most telling line, the one that encapsulates the gulf between the boundless fantasies of the faculty-lounge utopian and the messiness of reality, was this: ‘What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.’ Gee, thanks for sharing, genius. Maybe you should have thought of that before you governmentalized one-sixth of the economy.”
“Christian literature comes from Christian novelists & dramatists – not from the bench of bishops… trying to write plays.” – C.S. Lewis