Man and Woman

Woman is the why for man, Man is the what for woman. In some social structures, this balance is seen within marriage, in others “woman” is family/mother/society and “father” is authority/order/god. In the Modern West, we see this primarily in the marriage relationship. What remains is that balance, the innate nature of each sex. We…

Hotel California

To love the land is to know the land. I was born here. Second generation Southern Californian. I have the salt, the surf, and the sage in my soul. This land has been badly damaged by the overpopulation and buildup that has come with its perfect weather. Southern California is not built to support the…

God was never meant to be used as a means to an end

I’ve been reading old books again… and it’s struck me that this thing that we think of as new, where Christianity is valued primarily as a civilizing force, is far from new.  Because a relationship with Christ will make you a better person, and a nation full of better people will become a better place…

Piety vs. Propriety

Piety and propriety hang about together so much that they’re often confused for one another – but they are not the same, and while piety can produce propriety, the reverse is rarely true. The pious person, because of their relationship with the Holy Spirit, lives in such a state that none can put a law…

Femininity is not Weakness

Modern feminism inhabits a paradigm that says that strength is masculine. They wouldn’t put it that way under torture, of course. But all virtues of character are masculine virtues… assertiveness, competition, drive-to-achieve, out-spokenness… those are what we should be. We should push hard and make our way in the world. Those are lovely things. In…

Order of Operations

The paradigm in Christendom for the past thousand years has been to make folks have a “Christian” life on the outside in order to encourage them to accept Christ on the inside. I’m going to be silent on the efficacy of that approach – I’m not God, and He’s the judge. However, excepting a brave…

Hidden Beauty

One of my parents’ students from China dropped by to see them the other night, and I had an interesting chat with him about hiding beauty during the Cultural Revolution. He was eight when it started… he remembered the Protestant church next door the day they brought out all the illustrated books and pictures, piled…

Virtue or Blessing?

It would be useful if we could differentiate between the virtue inherent in our choices vs. our blessings.   I keep having the conversation with friends who don’t want to say that they’re intelligent so as not to be prideful.  That, IMO, is as silly as denying how tall you are. It is good to be…

The Odor of a Faraway Land

In my proposal that we embrace our citizenship in another Land, I am suggesting that we bring the odor of that land with us so long as we live in this one. In dancing to the music of a far-off land, perhaps we can create a curiosity that will draw others into the Wedding Party….

So much to do, so few hands

Christendom, particularly feminine Christendom, suffers from the problem of too much to do and not enough people to do it. The truth is, this world is fallen. Likewise, truth is that there is always going to be more work to be done than can get done. Truth is, God calls us to do good works…