What Jane Didn’t Tell Rochester

Jane Eyre is a manual for Christian romance and anybody in love should read it. The lessons in it are many, but here is an unexpected one: the lover tells the beloved what he needs to hear and not always what he wishes to hear. Jane and Rochester initially are separated by God and Jane’s obedience [Read More...]

Lesson in Loving Well: Never, Ever Be St John Rivers

If you wish to be in love properly and have not read Jane Eyre, stop now. Read the book. If you are still reading, then you know that the worst moment in the book is when St John Rivers proposes to Jane Eyre. This proposal comes from a man who is called to a hard ministry in [Read More...]

Losing and then Winning: Marcellinus

Failure on a big stage is failure indeed just as triumph is true worldly triumph in fact. The rest of us watch and wonder, sometimes hastily opining, judging, forgiving, celebrating, doing something where we are called to do nothing, but acknowledge the failure or the victory. Yet all of us will fail, fall short of [Read More...]

It is More Important to Be Beautiful on the Inside

Raising daughters is easy, they grow up. Tomorrow is the birthday of my first daughter and I did nothing to get her to this day. I can buy a present, but I cannot prolong or put off the day. She has grown up to twenty-three without my doing a thing. Making a beautiful, mature, Christian [Read More...]

I Judge Your Celebration

An American may never read the Bible, but he knows that Jesus said: Judge not, that ye be not judged. for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Jesus did say it and He meant what He said. Sadly, Jesus did [Read More...]

In which I thank Bronte and Montgomery for My Love Life

Romance? I love romance. When I am not careful, I am in love with the mere idea of being in love.  The woman I love, however, the Fairest Flower in Christendom, is stuck with my inability to articulate what I think. When she walks into a room, there are many things I should say, but I [Read More...]

Get Real Prophets

Only the open narcissist admits that he will not listen to criticism.. Interview anyone for a job and ask. Some will go as far as to claim they welcome criticism. Hire them and you discover they may welcome criticism, but mostly as a way to find their enemies. Most of us have decided that the people who [Read More...]

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Reading the news can be discouraging if you care about reality. You do not need me to tell you the West is falling into moral decadence at an increasing rate. The rich will survive this plunge and even enjoy it in the early stages. Things will not fall apart, immediately, but the libertine values promoted [Read More...]

Pentecostal Power

I have seen miracles and experienced a few of my own. I have also known people who would cry “miracle” when none occurred and others who would not admit a miracle even when rigorous tests were applied. My purpose is not to argue with either the overly credulous or the overly skeptical, but point to [Read More...]

Five Signs A Christian Celebrity Isn’t

A bad feature of celebrity culture is the tendency of smaller groups to develop celebrities that aren’t. Despite being (at least) one quarter of the American population, Evangelical behavior is banned in popular media. Nobody prays over a meal on television unless they are getting ready to bomb an aquarium in order to kill a [Read More...]