The Case of the Illiterate Teacher

Here is someone who got through grade school, graduated from high school, graduated from college with an education degree, became a teacher, and taught in a high school for 17 years  all without knowing how to read! 

Not enough atheists in foxholes

The U.S. military is being accused of being a hotbed of  Christian “fundamentalism.”  Horror stories are being gathered, investigations are underway, and lawsuits are being filed.

The Christian Ramadan, Koran, & mosque

James Kushiner, of the indispensable  Touchstone Magazine,in that publication’s blog, points out something I was going to comment upon, but he takes it even further: 

In Holland, some have rebranded Lent as a “Christian Ramadan.” Because Ramadan is more familiar to the youth, you see. And who’s fault is that? While we’re it, isn’t canon law simply “Christian sharia”? And a church building a “Christian mosque”? The Bible a “Christian Koran”?

 

The Crusades were the Christian jihad, which is why Luther so vehemently opposed them.  Is the pantsuit the Christian burqa?  The point, though, is to notice how the paradigm, at least in Holland, is shifting, so that Islam, rather than Christianity has become the religious frame of reference.

 

St. Valentine, Martyr

On this day in 270 A.D., a priest named  Valentine refused to renounce his faith, despite strenuous efforts to dissuade him and many benefits promised to him if he would only deny Christ.  Valentine refused, so he was first beaten with clubs and then beheaded. 

I wonder if this is another holiday co-opted by the secularists that Christians could reclaim.  (Yes, there are connections to love and marriage in the saint’s tales, though they seem to apply to another martyr named Valentine who married Christian couples despite the Emperor forbidding that practice.  He was also honored on this day, simply because he shared the name of the other guy, though he had no connection as such with February 14, unlike the man who died on that day.)But how could we breathe Christian meaning into this observance?  Celebrate the refusal to back down, whether in faith or in keeping one’s marriage vows despite all pressure?  Celebrate the institution of marriage even though the prevailing culture, like the old Emperor, works against it?  Who are some other martyrs for love?  What would be some good customs that we should start? Anyway, to brighten your day, here is a picture of his relics in Rome, including what is said to be his actual skull that was removed from his body. (We don’t venerate these relics, but they make a wonderfully grisly reminder of what this day is really about.) St. Valentine's Relics

The next sexual freedom issue

I predict it will be  polyamory. That means committed sexual and quasi-familial relationships between three or more people. Think polygamy, only sometimes with more men than women, and throw in bisexuality. You can do the math.

Blood covenants

The Anchoress gives us a remarkable Lenten meditation that explains the significance of circumcision in the Old Testament, relates it to virginity, and brings it all together with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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