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Spiritual Abuse

A woman, who has commented on a couple blogs I enjoy, shared some of her story of physical abuse from her father growing up … abuse he perpetrated in the name of God, which elevates it to Spiritual Abuse. Unfortunately, I understand Spiritual Abuse … from my own parents, from my first husband, and especially […]

About Debt-Free Virgins With No Tattoos

Fair disclosure: (1) In my single days, I did not discriminate against women who had prior promiscuity or who had tattoos. I dated both virgins and non-virgins. The relationships that failed, failed for reasons having nothing to do with sexuality or body art. I do not believe that virginity is the be-all/end-all. Is it a bigger […]

Watered Down Teaching

My Aspie-Girl just got back from a week at church camp. She went with the church she attended with her Daddy and has grown up going to church camp with these kids. It was their last year as seniors, so it was a BIG deal for her to be there and to stay for the […]

Welcome To The Party, [p]Al!

Dear President Mohler: The title of this article is an adaptation of an iconic one-liner from the great Christmas classic Die Hard. And yes, Al, you’re getting started a little late. That’s uncharacteristic of you, as you are usually quick off the blocks on so many other fronts of the Culture Wars. But, as that […]

Does God Create Division in a Marriage?

“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!   But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!  Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.  For from now on five in […]

Superpowers, Trust, and the Value of Being a Parent

A little over a year ago we were praying for Amir and Mrs. Larijani’s baby Abigail who spent 49 days, many quite scary, in the hospital before she could come home. I am over-the-moon excited to report that this little one is doing exceptionally well! She is a very happy, well-adjusted, healthy baby girl. This Mother’s […]

A Christian Married Woman’s Priorities

It has been stated that a married woman’s priorities should be: 1. God 2. Husband 3. Children I think that needs to be a bit more defined in the church culture these days. Women tend to skip Husband in there thinking that God is all they need, so whatever they believe God tells them, that’s […]

Roundup — 12/20/2017

Is Trump a blessing or curse for evangelical conservatives? David French, Ross Douthat, and John Zmirak discuss that here. My take: so far, so good. In fact, for a pragmatic Republican, Trump is proving to be more conservative than Reagan, Bush I, Dole, Bush II, McCain, or Romney. On abortion and guns, Trump has been […]

Book Review: The Last Closet

In another life, I am very good friends with a retired Marine Corps Colonel who served as a co-van (advisor) in Vietnam; one of my great privileges has been to help him tell his story. He is an advocate for the cause of POWs and veterans with traumatic injuries including PTSD. In the course of […]

The Alabama Senate Race and Roy Moore

Honestly, the issue of Roy Moore–particularly the latest allegations against him–is a tossup. I will neither condemn the man, nor will I proclaim his innocence. In all honesty, the only people who know the truth about this are Moore and his accusers. The one accusation that is most troubling is the allegation of his sexual […]

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