Good news to see that David Morrison of Sed Contra is back at the keyboard following some time away after his father passed away. Good posts on chastity and the misrepresentation of the Courage Apostolate by a dissident group claiming to be Catholic while rejecting the Church's teachings on homosexuality.
I recently came across Muttering in Manitoba, which blogger Mutt-Man bills as "Politics, religion, humour and other dangerous topics, by conservative Western Canadians." I like his self-deprecating sense of humour. Perhaps modesty prevents him from mentioning that he's also got some terrific photography.
Speaking of photography, daily dose of imagery has been my favourite photoblog since some time before I started blogging, but I realized lately that I've rarely if ever linked to it in the body of this blog. A few recent highlights, according my own taste. But check out Sam's archives to see the full range of his work, all arranged by category or date.
Fellow Canadian Marcia Laycock has graceful words to share from time to time at Spurts. Marcia explains,
The title of this blog, like the title of my book, The Spur of the Moment, is taken from Hebrews 10:24 - "Let us consider how to spur one another on toward love and good deeds."
More active of late is her other blog, Writer-lee. She won the 2006 Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her forthcoming novel, One Smooth Stone. Here's how she explains the genesis of the story.
It was born one Sunday after a woman from a local crisis pregnancy centre gave a talk at our church. I chatted with her afterwards (I had worked on the hotline for her organization) and we got talking about abortion. She said, "Can you imagine what it would be like for someone to discover his mother had tried to abort him?" I could and did and now it's going to be a book.
And journalist/author Deborah Gyapong, who interviewed me last year about that priest in Montreal who is so unwilling to accept Church teaching on homosexuality, has lots of good material. Here's her own contribution to the safe-versus-good thread from Relapsed Catholic that I posted on just the other day. First, responding to a review complaining that her newly published novel, The Defilers, was disturbing, she writes:
Well--if a novel that deals with issues of child pornography, and demonic oppression is not disquieting, then I have failed as an artist. Readers who want to lull themselves to sleep with sanitized entertainment can read another book. There is lots of product out there for them. I hope people will be disturbed. I hope that the novel will make them think about how their own heart is a battleground between good and evil and that ultimately they will choose the good, but not without their eyes wide open.
Then in a follow-up:
I think the Left Behind series is bad art and consequently bad religion, though perhaps many people find they're prompted to say the Sinner's Prayer after reading one of these books about the End Times. And maybe some of those people are genuinely repenting. God can even make a donkey speak if He has to in order to reach someone, but that doesn't make the donkey anything other than a donkey.
I love it! Deb also links to this provocative essay, Why Evangelicals Can't Write, by one Peter Leithart:
Here is a thesis, which I offer in a gleeful fit of reductionism: Modern Protestants can't write because we have no sacramental theology. Protestants will learn to write when we have reckoned with the tragic results of Marburg, and have exorcised the ghost of Zwingli from our poetics.
The Defilers is a very good read, by the way, with well-drawn characters and a compelling plot. Check it out.