Archive for September, 2010

Aphorism #13

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Aphorism, For brothers

Certain forms of martial arts study are useful for combatting the passivity engendered in men by Evangelical culture.

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Aphorism #14

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Aphorism, For brothers

Certain forms of ballroom dance are useful for combatting the passivity engendered in men by Evangelical culture.

Aphorism #15

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Aphorism, For brothers

The wise single Christian man will recognize the need to walk in holiness to the depth of his being.

Aphorism #16

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Aphorism, For brothers, For sisters

The wise single Christian woman will recognize that her ego needs pruning from time to time.

Credo #40: On moving the camp

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Credo, For brothers

If you are leaving Egypt, you must stick close to the “pillar of fire*” and “cloud.” I do not say that one can look at circumstance and infer the voice of the Holy Spirit, but contextual clues are part of the walk.

I say that you must not become so comfortable that you stop moving in the direction, however new, that awaits you on your way to what is promised you.

Related Credos: 58 and 91.

*Both the imagery of the fire and the cloud speak to us of the coming Paraclete, the Holy Spirit.

This posting by a blogger styling himself as “Silas Reinagel” is worth your time. One of the reasons that Evangelical churches are running out of single men is that they quash the masculine soul instead of nurturing and celebrating it. They would be happy to let you pay a tenth of your paycheck to them. But some of them will stool their pants in fear if you explore, say, Church history and the tithe. Happy to let you go on a “missions trip” – but go off to, say, Nepal on your own? Better get some confirmation on that, brother! Happy if you go to school, say, and become a Nuclear Medicine technologist – but God forbid you use your understanding in that discipline to conclude that rocks, after all, are very very old. Better “take initiative” and go on that date, man up! But remember, godly men go on dates only in groups or under church guidance!

This is a hard thing to read, but necessary. I recall reading it when it was first published; the author, one Robert Burnell, has clarified since that he was using the “dream” as a literary device. He did not mean to say that he had an actual dream as is described in this story.

Four stars.