Congratulations to Literary Friends!

Congratulations to Literary Friends!

Given that I work in publishing, I probably have more literary friends than the average bear. Still, I can't think of the last time that I had no fewer than three of them release new books in the same week, and in three totally different genres to boot (a novel, a memoir, and an academic […]

Recommended Reading: SisterLisa responds on betrothal

Recommended Reading: SisterLisa responds on betrothal

The response to my Quivering Daughters article "The Bondage of Betrothal" has been slightly overwhelming! Many, many kind thanks to all of you who've shared it on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere else, and thanks to all of you who've commented and emailed your thoughts and reactions. Over at the website Soul Liberty Faith, my online […]

The Bondage of Betrothal

The Bondage of Betrothal

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters. One of the fundamental teachings of the Biblical Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements is the doctrine of “biblical courtship,” or “betrothal.” (My brother suggested the word “casuistries” instead of “teachings,” which is perfect except that I didn’t know it before, either.) This teaching has it that since a father […]

Pop Goes the Worship War

Pop Goes the Worship War

(Or, How to Start Your Own Worship War With 7 Simple Tools You Probably Have Around Your Home If They Haven’t Burned It Down Yet) – A response to “Pop Goes The Worship” –  Why do people quarrel and fight and split hairs and churches over something as seemingly petty as “traditional vs. contemporary music”? In […]

Not cheese?

Not cheese?

Spotted in a Whole Foods store in Chicago. The circumstances that led to the creation of the sign will be left to your overactive imaginations. (Note: Despite the date of publication, this is completely real. Truth is sillier than fiction.)

The Problem With "Worship"

The Problem With “Worship”

I'm hoping to start blogging more about worship and church music in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy this from a while back. A while back on Internet Monk's website, there was a fascinating conversation on worship–you could do worse than to check it out–prefaced by this zinger: (The theological term for this, if I recall from my […]

Just As You Received Christ....

Just As You Received Christ….

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters Suppose you asked someone what the Gospel is: how does a person receive salvation in Christ? How would you respond if the answer was… “The Gospel is the good news that we have to keep all of God’s Laws and rules, because there’s no salvation apart from trying […]

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

The Song Behind the Song Isaac Watts (1647-1748) is known as the “Father of English Hymnody” for very good reason. If he wasn’t the very first to ever write a hymn in English, he was the one who showed the rest of us how it was done. A precocious youngster with an inborn knack for rhyme, […]

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

Third in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Cornelius Elven (1791–1873) was a Baptist pastor in Suffolk, England, and a close friend of Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon described him as “a faithful servant of the Lord, and an intensely fervent and sincere preacher, filled […]