A Deeper Beauty: On the Fragility and Promise of Daughters

This post is cross-posted from CBMW’s Manual channel (Twitter feed here). Earlier this week I wrote a piece for CBMW’s Manual on the “smokin’ hot wife” references you sometimes hear in evangelical churches. I realized today that I should have addressed another dimension of this trend: the daughters who hear this language in churches. Let [Read More...]

Literature Review: Reinke, DeWitt, Thoennes, Hiestand & Thomas, Wittmer

It’s time for a good ole’ fashioned literature roundup.  Here are several books I’ve gotten recently that I think are worth my, and perhaps your, attention, if I may be so bold as to suggest possible entertainers of your attention.  All of these books will build your faith and confidence in our great God. Lit!: [Read More...]

Is the Bible Blind to Womanly Beauty?

Don’t know if you’ve followed this, but Tim Challies kicked up a bit of an Internet storm recently when he helpfully suggested that it was a good thing for Christian wives to give attention to their appearances for the betterment of their husbands.  He was responding to a post a few months ago by blogger [Read More...]

How Long Will it Be Until Parents Force Children to Undergo Plastic Surgery?

You may have heard of the recent hubbub surrounding the release of a new children’s book that is intended to help the offspring of those who have had plastic surgery cope with the surgery’s transformative effect on their parents. Written by a plastic surgeon, My Beautiful Mommy represents an interesting first in the plastic surgery [Read More...]

August Rush: Another Movie Searches for Transcendence and Finds it in Music, and Family

The movie August Rush, which debuted in November 2007, presents an uneven but inspiring tale of one sweet boy’s search for transcendence in a world of isolation and evil. The movie is not flawless, but its depiction of the power of music alone makes the film well worth watching. The plot centers in two musicians [Read More...]

What the Movie “Once” Shows Us About the Power of Music

Here’s a movie you should consider seeing: Once. It’s an independent film made for $160,000, and yet it is better than many films costing 100 times more. It is not an incredible film, but it has a soul. It tells a simple but moving message of the power of music. To briefly summarize the film, [Read More...]

Training a “Gospel Girl” When Every Daughter Wants to Be a “Gossip Girl”

The New Yorker has a good story on a series of books that you may or may not have heard about. They’re called the “Gossip Girl” books and they deal with a pack of tony New York prep school kids who act like, well, tony New York prep school kids. I can write that line [Read More...]

The Beauty of Marriage

The above title is actually a double entendre, because I am writing today and tomorrow about my beauty, Mrs. Bethany Strachan. We celebrate our one-year anniversary on Sunday. In light of this occasion, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how good God is in giving marriage to us. It’s incredible to think that [Read More...]


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