There is a new post on my other blog, CSL On The Bible, should you be so inclined.
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Just to let my readers know: I have put up a new post on my other blog: CSL On The Bible.
In my first post in this series, I presented the possibility (probability?) of a wide-spread acceptance in the Christian church of the idea that women are more godly, holy and spiritual than men, and included quotes from others who said that they have bumped up against the idea. I posited that this assumption might be a reason for the disconnect between men and the Church, and presented findings from a Pew Research study showing that, of all the world’s religions, Christianity is the only one with a greater female membership.
My second post explored material that showed that the presumption of a female-superiority teaching is actually quite possible and that there is a very good likelihood that this teaching is at the root of much of the dysfunction that troubles today’s church. Continue reading
In my last post I presented the idea that, contrary to the teachings of the Bible, today’s church had somehow gotten hold of the idea that women were superior to men and without sin. I admit that it is a novel idea to articulate, but since it seems that this is held as truth by more than a few Christians (however tacitly), this seems like a good time to bring the teaching out into the light of day and examine it.
I cited several writers who have suggested that they have come across the concept in their interactions but didn’t give any particulars or examples, other than to comment that they have observed evidence that it is held by some Christians. While it might be difficult to find a teacher or preacher who openly avows support for such a belief, I did cite a study by the Pew Research group that might demonstrate the results of such a teaching being promulgated. In that first post, I included the Pew Research chart that showed that in all branches of Christianity (save the Orthodox branch) women outnumber men as adherents. The chart further showed that every other major religion has more male adherents than women, leaving Christianity as… Continue reading
We have a problem in the church. It appears that nearly one-half of the church is made up of carnal, fleshly-minded people whose only thoughts are with satisfying their appetites, and have no desire nor ability to truly seek after God. They hide behind a facade of Christianity but, in fact, are incapable of self-control and are unable to submit to the direction of the Holy Spirit and pursue spiritual goals.
I can only be speaking, of course, about husbands, for it is well-known that wives are more spiritual, more holy and more godly than any ordinary man could possibly be. I know, I know; in the past, I’ve said that there are two sinners in every marriage, but today, I repent of such drollery. I have seen the error of my ways. Continue reading
One of the items in the sidebar of this page is my Curmudgeonly Librarian twitter feed, and I feel I need to explain why the picture of Donald Trump appeared there, today.
Last year, in addition to my regular posts on marriage and sexuality, I indulged myself by writing about some of my other interests. However, I decided around the first of the year to create a second blog for those interests, which include theology and today’s political scene, so that this space could be completely devoted to Christian marriage and sexuality.
That new blog is entitled CSL On The Bible, and today, I did a post about creedalist Christians vs. notionalist Christians, and this year’s election. Since I only have one Twitter feed at this time, I pushed today’s post out on my feed. For the time being, those of you who are subscribed to my Twitter feed will receive tweets when I do a post on my other blog. I hope this is not burdensome to you, as I find that I am not writing as much over there, at this time. Maybe by the time I start doing more, I will have solved my dilemma.
One can only hope. 🙂
In my Dropping A Veil #2 post of last week, I said that I wanted to address two things that I alluded to in the first post, and I wrote about how Christians are all too happy to settle for popular teachers, and don’t really look for writers and teachers who take them “higher up and deeper in.” Realizing that my verbosity had once again gotten the best of me, I ended last week’s post with a promise to address the second topic that had become important in my spiritual life: that of appreciating the difference between the living faith of the dead vs. the dead faith of the living. Continue reading
This is going to be different. Instead of writing about classic movies or discovering hidden gems on Netflix, I want to present something that, while in the entertainment category, goes well with the Dropping the Veil posts I’m writing. In my All Saints’ Day and Dropping A Veil posts, part 1 and part 2, I write about where I have ended up in my spiritual journey. It would be fair to say that I have come to love and appreciate beauty in worship.
One of my recent discoveries was the BBC series, Songs of Praise. One of the longest-running shows in all of television, Songs of Praise is a weekly show that presents Christian hymns and has been aired continually since October, 1961. I discovered this program last year, when searching for hymns on YouTube.
We at the CSL house do not watch broacast or cable TV, but watch programs and movies on Netflix and Hulu. Since we do have a DVD player that comes with a YouTube app, we occasionally will watch material from YouTube (the Carol Burnett show comes to mind.) Recently, I discovered that a Songs of Praise channel has been created on YouTube and that they have started putting up whole broadcasts.
Regular broadcasts feature choirs singing in different churches and cathedrals in Great Britain, and I find that not only the beauty of the music, but the beauty of the sanctuaries, as well, minister to me. Here is an example of what I’m talking about.
Each year, SoP films a special program of hymns and carols, entitled The Big Sing, in the Royal Albert Hall, one of the grandest theaters I’ve ever seen. I love to watch video clips taken from The Big Sing. The video is amazing, and I can only imagine what it must be like to be there in person, to hear that orchestra accompany 5,000 voices singing hymns to God. I know that Paul wrote that “no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him,” but this clip gives me an inkling of what Heaven might have in store for us.
Isn’t it delicious, and even ironic, that a British choir would perform the heck out of an American hymn? If, like me, you appreciate hymns and beauty, I would recommend that you create a YouTube account and subscribe to the Songs of Praise channel.
As I promised last week, I will finish dropping a veil, and give an explanation for some of my comments last week, and for the views that I hold.
I have no problem with accepting the fact that I am somewhat of a coot, a throwback. I realize that I am not one of the cool kids; never was, never will be. (I can’t tell you the number of my students who were awe-struck by the fact that I admitted that I was a nerd, and had no problem with that.) So when I align myself with…. uh, pretty much nobody, you must understand that it isn’t because I want to be fashionably anything. Whatever is chic, it’s a sure bet that I’m not there.
With that in mind, not caring about how we appear to others when approaching God, there are two things from last week’s post that I want to expand upon, to give a sense of my own take on authentic Christianity. (A spiritual Why & How of my Now, if you will.) Continue reading