Saturday, September 22, 2012

Anglican Unscripted Episode 50


September 22, 2012

Kevin and George cover a breadth of topics this week: The crisis in the middle east, Jesus' wife and what was her name, and some very important domestic conversations.

Inspiration...September 22, 2012

How comforting it is to know the Bigness of God in the times of our deepest pain. What a blessed salve it is to our broken and wounded hearts to know that the Creator of the universe, he who holds all the stars in his hand, carries us in his heart. He knows us by name, he is intimately acquainted with every thought, he hears every heart cry and understands every motive of our heart and he loves us still. ...Katherine Walden image

Words on Wisdom and Sabbath Rest
Thus Sabbath is about more than external rest of the body; it is about inner rest of the soul. We need rest from the anxiety and strain of our overwork, which is really an attempt to justify ourselves—to gain the money or the status or the reputation we think we have to have. Avoiding overwork requires deep rest in Christ’s finished work for your salvation (Hebrews 4:1–10). Only then will you be able to “walk away” regularly from your vocational work and rest...

A Convenient and Relaxing Kind of Christianity
Loving God is not as simple as we sometimes think. Christians are fond of reminding one another that in a biblical sense love is a verb, not just feeling but action. This is true, but there is far more to it than that. Jerry Bridges came to this realization and began to reflect on the command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In The Discipline of Grace he describes how he came to see that love is rooted in obedience to God’s commands. “Whatever else might be involved in loving God with all my heart, obedience to His law was certainly a major part of it.” (Note that when he speaks of God’s law as it applies to us today, he refers to the permanent moral law, not the Old Testament ceremonial law). To put it another way, “Our love to God will always manifest itself in obedience to Him.”...

Shopping and False Intimacy
"For instance, when a pastor preaches to a crowd of a few hundred (or thousand – or even a few million now with podcasts) week after week, those who hear the sermons can develop a certain familiarity with the pastor. They think they know the pastor. After all, they know the names of the pastor’s kids, where the pastor went on vacation, and how the pastor likes his coffee. But sermons are one-way. The congregant knows a lot about the pastor, but the pastor knows next to nothing about the congregant.

The inverse is often true in smaller churches, where the pastor is expected to know the intimate details (ailments, relationships, and back story) of each church member, but few church members really know or want to know the pastor. In these cases, the pastor can serve almost as a hired hand – or better said: a hired ear, a hired heart, and hired soul"...


321-The Story of God the World and You

The role of singing in the life of the church
...Now there are all sorts of reasons why Christianity is a singing faith; for the practice of making melody to the Lord, and of hymn singing in particular, has many purposes. My intention in this article is to focus specifically on congregational singing (rather than Christian music generally), and to open up its three principal purposes; the three main reasons why, according to Scripture, God has given us this ability and called us to engage in this activity. These reasons are: (1) to help us praise, (2) to help us pray, and (3) to help us proclaim. So let’s look at each of these in turn...

The Boy They Couldn’t Kill
Go read Sports Illustrated’s The Boy They Couldn’t Kill.” It is far and away the best magazine story I’ve read all year and I’m pleased that we get to talk about it here at GetReligion. It’s long and I can’t begin to excerpt it in any way that gives it justice but the subhed to the piece is “Thirteen years ago, NFL receiver Rae Carruth conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son. The child has not only survived but thrived—thanks to the unwavering love of his grandmother.”...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Albert Mohler: ‘Staying in His Lane’ — Joel Osteen’s Gospel of Affirmation Without Salvation

September 21, 2012

Joel Osteen was back on CNN this week, appearing Thursday morning on “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.” Osteen’s new book, I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, recently hit the nation’s bookstores.

Osteen’s positive thinking theology was on full display in the interview, as in the book. O’Brien asked if he really believes that speaking declarations out loud can make them come true. Osteen assured her that he does, promising that speaking positive words can bring positive results and warning that speaking negativity will bring negative results. “I don’t think there’s anything magic about it, but those words go out and come right back in and affect your own self-image.”

In the book itself, Osteen asserts, “You’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.” The theme of his book is simple: “With our words we can either bless our futures or we can curse our futures.”

The most enthusiastic response to Osteen’s message came from Deepak Chopra, the New Age self-help guru, who was also on the CNN program. He affirmed Osteen’s message and added, “I’ve believed forever that there’s no mental event that doesn’t have a brain representation, that every thought actually generates molecules.”

The two self-help experts then elaborated on their ideas, with Osteen urging “activating faith,” because “faith is what causes God to work.” Later, he even spoke of “speaking to the seeds of greatness that God’s placed in all of us.”

The appearance of Osteen and Chopra together was a priceless demonstration of the fact that the New Thought positive thinking philosophy that drives them both can be grafted onto either Christianity or Eastern religion. In the end, it all sounds the same. Chopra’s New Age spirituality and Osteen’s updated version of the word-faith movement end up as the same message, only with different trappings. the rest

The birds of Spain


The birds of Spain from Wildglimpses on Vimeo.

Scrolling around...September 21, 2012

Canada: Judge who told pro-lifer ‘Your God is wrong’ comes under scrutiny
The judge who told a pro-life activist “Your God is wrong” earlier this year came under scrutiny during an all-day appeal hearing at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto on Wednesday.
In a lengthy tirade, Justice S. Ford Clements had ripped Mary Wagner for what he saw as her “cowardly” attempt to speak to abortion-bound women inside the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, an abortion facility. She was convicted on charges of mischief and failing to comply with probation orders...

$1.8 trillion shock: Obama regs cost 20-times estimate
Current federal regulations plus those coming under Obamacare will cost American taxpayers and businesses $1.8 trillion annually, more than twenty times the $88 billion the administration estimates, according to a new roundup provided to Secrets from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute...

UK: Interest in church weddings on the increase
More couples are considering marrying in church, according to the Church of England.
Visitors to the Your Church Wedding website increased by nearly 50 per cent in 2011, from just under 273,800 in 2010 to 410,000 the following year.
There has been growing interest in church weddings after a change in the law in 2008 to make it easier to marry in church...

More Muslims Seeking Christian Higher Education in U.S.
Christian colleges in the U.S. are welcoming more Muslim students onto their campuses this fall -- especially female students, according to the New York Times...

Gynecologists’ Association Recommends Implanted Birth Control for Teens
A national group of gynecologists said Tuesday it recommends physicians point eligible teens toward birth control implants instead of the more traditional pill...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Albert Mohler: The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Excerpt:
This is sensationalism masquerading as scholarship. One British newspaper notes that the claims about a married Jesus seem more worthy of fans of Dan Brown’s fictional work, The Da Vinci Code, than “real-life Harvard professors.” If the fragment is authenticated, the existence of this little document will be of interest to historians of the era, but it is insanity to make the claims now running through the media.

Professor King claims that these few words and phrases should be understood as presenting a different story of Jesus, a different gospel. She then argues that the words should be read as claiming that Jesus was married, that Mary Magdalene was likely his wife. She argues further that, while this document provides evidence of Jesus’ marital status, the phrases do not necessarily mean he was married. More than anything else, she argues against the claim that Christianity is a unified body of commonly-held truths.

Those familiar with Karen King’s research and writings will recognize the argument. Her 2003 book, The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, argued that another text from the era presented Mary Magdalene as the very model for apostleship.
King and Pagels both reject traditional Christianity, and they clearly prefer the voices of the heretics. They argue for the superiority of heterodoxy over orthodoxy. In the Smithsonian article, King’s scholarship is described as “a kind of sustained critique of what she called the ‘master story’ of Christianity: a narrative that casts the canonical texts of the New Testament as a divine revelation that passed through Jesus in ‘an unbroken chain’ to the apostles and their successors — church fathers, ministers, priests and bishops who carried these truths into the present day.”

A dog on a trampoline


Scrolling around...September 20, 2012

Pew Research: Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion
  • Changes in Government Restrictions
  • Changes in Social Hostilities
  • Changes in Overall Restrictions
  • Patterns among Specific Types of Restrictions and Hostilities
  • Harassment of Specific Groups
  • Regions and Countries
  • About the Study

  • The Obama You Don't Know
    ...Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.

    With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.

    But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies...

    'Planned Bullyhood'
    A former executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has written a book about how Planned Parenthood "bullied" the organization she loves into being affiliated with it.

    Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind
    ...Then there is the sheer ignorance of history prevailing among much of the secular intelligentsia. This was unfortunately exemplified by the lamentable historiography that was on full display in President Obama's once much-touted, now much-forgotten2009 Cairo speech. Among other things, the President referred to how Islam "carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment."
    Really? Did the President's advisors and speechwriters know that this thesis has been subject to withering critique for over 100 years? Were they conscious that, as the French professor of Arabic and religious philosophy Rémi Brague demonstrated in his bookEurope, La voie romaine (1992/1999), the statesman-scholar-monk Cassiodorus (c.485-c.585 AD) not only collaborated with Pope Agapetus I in arranging for the translation of classical Greek texts into Latin, but also established a monastery-school on his family estate to safeguard and study the same works? Were they aware that the works of Antiquity never somehow vanished but were preserved for centuries by Greek-speaking Eastern Christians? Or that Aristotle was known and read in the medieval West long before Arabic translations appeared in Europe?...

    Muslim Riots Reach Europe: Free Speech Under Threat
    Protests over an American-made anti-Islamic YouTube film, Innocence of Muslims, have spread to Europe. Muslim rioters have clashed with police in several European cities, and more demonstrations are being planned. The protests are part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about the amateur film, which ridicules Islam and depicts the Muslim Prophet Mohammed as a fraud, a madman and a sexual deviant.
    Muslims in many European countries are calling on governments to outlaw the controversial film. They are also pressing elected officials to enact anti-blasphemy laws that would criminalize the criticism of Islam. As most European countries lack American-like First Amendment protections, the momentum is building for the imposition of legal curbs on free speech when such speech is perceived to be offensive to Islam...

    Military flaunts ‘gay marriage’ in state where it’s illegal

    The Bride of Christ?
    “Oh no,” I thought, “here we go again.” News of a long lost textual fragment which many will think could undermine traditional Christian faith is breaking, the latest in a long line of interesting discoveries sensationalized by the media into something supposedly subversive of traditional Christian faith. Whether the frenzy concerned the claims of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, the Secret Gospel of Mark, St. James’ supposed ossuary, or the Gospel of Judas, when the smoke cleared, traditional Christianity was left standing...

    Oh, good grief. Should we “uplift” the intelligence of animals? Transhumanists generally say yes, if only to shatter human exceptionalism. But really...

    Two DOJ Officials Step Down In Wake of Fast and Furious Report
    The Justice Department's internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico...

    Orlando:‘Kill Your Baby for Free’ Day Sees Dozens Slaughtered
    Dozens of babies were literally massacred in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday in what area pro-lifers will remember as "free baby-killing day."...

    Here Comes Incest, Just as Predicted
    ...A gay man and his partner once asked me, “But how can you say our relationship is wrong? We’re not hurting anyone and there is no victim.” I asked them, “Would you approve of two adult gay brothers having a relationship?” They both replied, “But that is so wrong!” Yet when I pressed them further, they could not say why their relationship was fine but that of two consenting brothers was not...

    New York City: Soft Drinks Bad, Late-Term Abortions Okay
    New York City has two endangered species: Soda and babies. Unfortunately the city cares more about the soft drink than the human life...

    Obama 'flag' reminds some of blood-stained walls at Benghazi consulate
    A new Obama "flag" poster sold by the campaign is designed to look something like the U.S. flag, but on Thursday, a post at the Gateway Pundit noticed that the "stripes" are eerily similar to blood stains on the walls at the Benghazi consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Anglican Perspective: Works Without Faith


    September 19, 2012

    The Archbishop of Kenya, Eliud Wabukala, recently raised concern about the Anglican Communion's efforts at relief and advocacy. In this week's Anglican Perspective, Canon Ashey tells us about his conversation with the Archbishop and how we ought to view addressing poverty. Read more from Canon Ashey on this subject in his recent article "A Biblical Theology for Works of Justice and Mercy."

    First Things: Anglican Bishops Against Free Speech

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012
    David Mills

    Four Anglican bishops serving in northeastern Africa and Cyprus have written the United Nations asking that “an international declaration be negotiated that outlaws the intentional and deliberate insulting or defamation of persons (such as prophets), symbols, texts and constructs of belief deemed holy by people of faith.” They make this proposal in response to the recent movie on Muhammad and “similar offensive incidents [which] have occurred in some European countries” and ”evoked massive and violent responses worldwide.”

    It is a bad idea, a very bad idea, on many levels. For one thing, such a law would violate the Western ideal of free speech we should not give up. For another, it would quickly be used to suppress not only “deliberate insulting or defamation” but reasonable criticism and disagreement. One man’s well- and kindly-argued belief that another man is in error can be to that other man insult and defamation, especially if he has no natural appreciation for the free exchange of ideas.  the rest

    Matt Kennedy+: A Very Bad Letter

    Scrolling around...September 19, 2012

    Science professor: Kill sperm, save the planet
    ...“Sperm is a vector … which leads to increased populations, so many scientists want to know, ‘Are there new ways we can control population or fertility rates?’ … so individuals can make the decisions to keep those rates low,” he said. “We are talking about controlling human fertility.”...

    Catholic High School To Open Muslim Prayer Room
    Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school, a high school in London, Ontario, Canada is about to open a Muslim prayer room.
    24 Hours Vancouver reports the Catholic secondary school with a student population of about 1,400 has about 25 Muslim students, who lobbied the school beginning last year for a place to pray. The prayer room will be located on the second floor, just steps away from the school’s chapel, and is scheduled to open at the end of the month...

    Your Taxes At Work: All You Need To Know About Who Pays What Taxes In The US
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    Eric Metaxas: How gay marriage harms religious liberty
    Christians are often asked by gay activists why they oppose same-sex marriage. "How does our marriage hurt you?" they ask. Well, I can think of one significant way it will hurt us: It will destroy religious freedom and free speech rights...

     Persecution of Christians on rise–in U.S.
    ...“It is dramatic,” says Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford, of the recent hike in reported incidents of persecution. “I have been doing these types of cases for almost 25 years now. I have never seen the levels of attacks like these and how quickly they are now proliferating.” Shackleford says government, from schools to social programs, is the ringleader. “There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols such as a cross, and I could go on and on,” Shackleford said...

    Canada rises to Top Five in world economic freedom ranking as U.S. plummets to 18th
    ...Meanwhile, the United States, once a “standard bearer” of economic liberty among industrial nations, spiralled 10 spots from the 2011 rankings to 18th place — its lowest position ever, and a huge drop from its second place spot in 2000...

    L.I.:The American Commodus
    Whereas the reign of Marcus Aurelius George W. Bush had been marked by almost continuous warfare, that of Commodus Obama was comparatively peaceful in the military sense but was marked by political strife and the increasingly arbitrary and capricious behaviour of the emperor president himself. In the view of Dio Cassius Mark Steyn, a contemporary observer, his accession marked the descent “from a kingdom of gold to one of rust and iron”—a famous comment which has led some historians, notably Edward Gibbon anyone familiar with the Constitution, to take Commodus’ reign Obama’s presidency as the beginning of the decline of the Roman Empire American republic…




    High Ranking DOJ Official Refuses to Affirm 1st Amendment Rights

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    For the first two or three years after my conversion...

    For the first two or three years after my conversion, I used to ask for specific things. Now I ask for God. Supposing there is a tree full of fruits, you will have to go and buy or beg the fruits from the owner of the tree. Every day you would have to go for one or two fruits. But if you can make the tree your own property, then all the fruits will be your own. In the same way, if God is your own, then all things in Heaven and on earth will be your own, because He is your Father and is everything to you; otherwise you will have to go and ask like a beggar for certain things. When they are used up, you will have to ask again. So ask not for gifts, but for the Giver of Gifts: not for life but for the Giver of Life—then life and the things needed for life will be added unto you. ...Sadhu Sundar Singh image by Liz West

    A.S. Haley: It Really Is That Simple, Folks

    September 18, 2012

    Excerpt:
    There is only one viable candidate in this year's election, and his name is Mitt Romney. I do not like that fact, because there are many things about Mitt Romney of which I frankly disapprove. But that realization cannot blind me to this simple truth:

    The President of the United States is an executive position -- one of the biggest and most important (if not the biggest and most important) in the world.

    Mitt Romney is an executive, with considerable experience as a CEO.

    Barack Hussein Obama is not.

    Yes, it really is that simple.

    We already have had three and a half years of Barack Obama as chief executive, and what have we seen? He is like nothing so much as the boss's son, who grew up partying and playing golf, and then was foisted on the business by his doting father (who then died immediately afterwards).

    He has no clue of what it takes to run a business (remember "you didn't build that," anyone?) -- let alone run an entire country. He spends so much time on the golf course or at basketball, and appearing on TV shows and now at continuous fundraisers, that he cannot be bothered to attend intelligence briefings, or to make time to meet with Israel's prime minister on the eve of an impending nuclear war in the Middle Eastthe rest

    New TEC provisional bishop of Fort Worth named

    Former Texas suffragan Rayford High to lead loyalist group
    September 18, 2012
    By George Conger

    The former suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Rayford High has been named provisional bishop of Fort Worth. Pending confirmation by the 3 Nov 2012 diocesan convention in Stephenville at Tarleton State University, Bishop High will succeed the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., as bishop of the faction loyal to the national Episcopal Church in North Texas.

    "I am deeply honored and humbled by the fact that the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth would ask me to be their provisional bishop," Bishop High said, according to an announcement posted on the diocese’s websit. the rest

    Anglican bishops call for U.N. ban on blasphemy

    Scrolling around...September 18, 2012

    Stats: Homeschooling by the numbers
    Amazing-this infographic compares national average percentile scores of homeschoolers with public and private education...

    Sacrificing journalism on altar of gay advocacy
    ...What happens when you cover something like a cause rather than a news subject is that the journalism suffers. We saw the eleventy billionth example of that with a puffier than puffy one-sided hagiography of a gay Christian activist named Matthew Vines. Headlined “Turned Away, He Turned to the Bible” with the url “matthew-vines-wont-rest-in-defending-gay-christians.”
    It seemed, from the piece that ran in — of all things — the “Fashion & Style” section of the paper that an interesting story could have been written about the man and his advocacy work in favor of changing traditional Christian teaching on homosexuality. But because it read like a press release rather than a news story, we didn’t get the chance to have an interesting story that really engaged the work...

    Cairo: Muslim cleric desecrates Bible
    ...“I tore it apart and threw it to the demonstrators to step on it with their shoes,” Abdullah told an Egyptian newspaper, adding, "next time I will make my grandson urinate on it, as the saying goes, an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth and the starter is at fault.”...

    Growing up with married parents is as important as a good education to escaping poverty
    Growing up with married parents vastly increases a child’s prospects of escaping poverty, a study has revealed.
    A stable home was found to raise a child’s chances of escaping the poverty trap by 82 per cent.
    When equally well-educated families were compared, marriage increased a child’s chance of living above the poverty line by 75 per cent...

    More Americans opting out of banking system
    In the aftermath of one of the worst recessions in history, more Americans have limited or no interaction with banks, instead relying on check cashers and payday lenders to manage their finances, according to a new federal report.
    Not only are these Americans more vulnerable to high fees and interest rates, but they are also cut off from credit to buy a car or a home or pay for college, the report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said. ...

    Report: Top Obama Bundlers Bag Millions in Taxpayer Money
    An investigation by the Government Accountability Institute found that more than half of the most politically active 50 campaign bundlers for President Obama were either appointed to a presidential council, committee, board, or other White House post. Many bundlers’ businesses or relatives' businesses also received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal contracts, grants, loans, or other crony perks...

    8,786,049: Yet Another Record for Americans Collecting Disability
    The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability...

    Professor Made Students Sign ‘Vote for Obama’ Pledge
    A Florida community college has launched an investigation and placed a tenured professor on leave over reports that she made students in a math class sign a pledge to vote for President Obama.
    A spokesman for Brevard Community College told Fox News that Sharon Sweet was placed on an unpaid leave of absence effective immediately after they received a call from a concerned parent...

    Parents steam as strike rolls on
    As Chicago children missed yet another day of school Monday, residents throughout the city chanted, cheered and waved signs to let their feelings about the ongoing teachers strike be known...

    Ageing businessmen fuel boom in 'voice-lifts' as they seek to restore authority in boardroom discussions
    Surgeons inject stomach fat into vocal cords to strengthen speech...

    'Last Ounce of Courage' Has Largest Theater Debut Since 'The Passion'
    Last Ounce of Courage, a freedom, family and faith film that premiered on 600 screens across America on 9/11 in commemoration of Patriot Day, will release nationally in more than 1,400 theaters on Sept. 14, making it the largest opening weekend for a faith-based film since "The Passion of the Christ."..[ Rotten Tomatoes critics (so far) unanimously gave the film a 0% rating-however, audience approval was 75%-PD]

    British NHS Issues DNR for Man With Down Syndrome Without Consent
    ...An NHS hospital is being sued by a family who say doctors placed a “do not resuscitate” order on their relative, denying him potentially life-saving treatment, because he has Down’s syndrome...

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Beagle puppy barking for the first time

    New blogger interface stinks!

    September 17, 2012

    Blogger has now forced its new  interface on me.  It is not supported well by my internet explorer.  I can blog in Chrome, but it doesn't change the fact that the new interface is much more confusing and complicated to use. It actually wiped out my posting for today. 

     I have seen a lot of complaints on various forums as to all the difficulties many bloggers are having with this. The old interface was simple and easy to use, especially for those of us who are computer challenged.  I am not sure I can continue to blog as I cannot justify the extra time that would be needed to try to get a posting up.  

    Will be praying about it!   
    Pat Dague

    * Update: Well, my computer-savvy son Ryan came over for supper and tweaked one button (something called "compatibility view") which I had somehow turned on. Of course I had no idea it existed or what it does, but I can now blog again in IE8 with the new interface. Thanks Ryan (and Robin Jordan) for your concern and help!

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Waiting till the wedding night – getting married the right way

    By Steven Crowder
     September 14, 2012

    As anyone who’s read my abstinence column here at Fox News Opinion could guess, my wedding is something that I’ve looked forward to for quite some time. After having tied the knot at the end of August, I can now say beyond all shadow of a doubt, that it was everything I’d hoped and prayed that it would be since childhood. (I’d also prayed to be bitten by a radioactive spider and develop sticky hands, but… I was an idiot.)

    Let me preface this column by saying this: my wife (I have to get used to saying that) and I not only waited sexually in every way (no, we didn’t pull the Bill Clinton and technically avoid “sex” sex,) but we didn’t shack up as live-ins and most importantly, we courted each other in a way that was consistent with our publicly professed values.

    We did it right.

    Feeling judged? I couldn’t care less. You know why? Because my wife and I were judged all throughout our relationship. People laughed, scoffed and poked fun at the young, celibate, naive Christian couple.

    We’d certainly never make it to the wedding without schtupping, and if we did, our “wedding night would be awkward and terrible,” they said.

    Turns out that people couldn’t have been more wrong. Looking back, I think that the women saying those things felt like the floozies they ultimately were, and the men, with their fickle manhood tied to their pathetic sexual conquests, felt threatened.

    I think it’s important to write this column not to gloat (though I’ll be glad to), but to speak up for all of the young couples that have also done things the right way. When people do marriage right, they don’t complain so much, and so their voices are silenced by the rabble of promiscuous charlatans, peddling their pathetic world view as “progressive.”  the rest -love it!