Bellyaches and the burden of the Lord’s message

As I mentioned in my last post, I participated briefly in an ongoing discussion at Donal Graeme’s, and while I haven’t added anything to the conversation since that post, I’ve been watching it with interest. I stopped commenting because the discussion seemed to me to devolve into useless bellyaching: “Christian men looking for a wife … Read more…

J. Lee Grady: Christian women should not marry men who believe the Bible

Listen up ladies, J. Lee Grady has a message for you. “If you are a woman of God, don’t sell your spiritual birthright by marrying a guy who doesn’t deserve you.” “Don’t settle for less than God’s best.” That’s right, demand your right to the single best man ever to exist other than Jesus. If … Read more…

Punishment is not the same as prizes

In his latest Lightning Round, Free Northerner linked to this article, in which Karen McCullah complains about having to pay her ex-husband alimony after frivolously divorcing him. I didn’t read all of the comments on the article, but the ones I did see mentioned the fact that large numbers of men are saddled with alimony … Read more…

Esther 1:13-22

Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for this was the king’s procedure toward all who were versed in law and judgment, the men next to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king’s face, and sat first in the kingdom): “According to the law, what is to be done to Queen Vashti, because she has not performed the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?”  Then Memucan said in the presence of the king and the officials, “Not only against the king has Queen Vashti done wrong, but also against all the officials and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. For the queen’s behavior will be made known to all women, causing them to look at their husbands with contempt, since they will say, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, and she did not come.’ This very day the noble women of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen’s behavior will say the same to all the king’s officials, and there will be contempt and wrath in plenty. If it please the king, let a royal order go out from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes so that it may not be repealed, that Vashti is never again to come before King Ahasuerus. And let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. So when the decree made by the king is proclaimed throughout all his kingdom, for it is vast, all women will give honor to their husbands, high and low alike.”  This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did as Memucan proposed.  He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, that every man be master in his own household and speak according to the language of his people.