Notes on veils

If you walk into our church for liturgy any given Sunday, you will observe that about 1/3 of the women are wearing some form of head covering, which I will refer to as a veil for convenience. If you arrive during matins, the number is probably a bit higher, but likely remains less than 1/2. This is the highest percentage of veiled women at any church that I have personally ever attended, but I am given to understand that there are churches in the US where the percentage is much higher.

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Please don’t Feed the Pornographers

I’ve been following this comment thread on Deep Strength’s blog.

Yesterday, some woman calling herself “pamelaparizo” showed up in the comments, and proceeded to leave a comment longer than the original post, in which it became clear that she was attempting to teach Deep Strength, the blog’s male proprietor, and had no interest in learning. However, her very long and very wrong comment, rather than being dismissed out of hand, received a medium length answer from Earl, and an exhaustive refutation from Deep Strength.

But even though Deep Strength lowered himself to answering her ridiculous arguments,

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To the steadfast defenders of rebellion

Several people have taken issue with me pointing out that a woman with a 16-point list of situations in which she will not submit to her husband–including such open-ended examples such as if she believed he was leading her into a false teaching–is not in any way, shape, or form submissive. From Rick Stilson: I … Read more…

When I spoke, I said too little

The biggest surprise for me when I participated in Reactionary Ian’s last live-stream was just how hostile some of the other panelists–self-described patriarchal Christians all–were to Biblical patriarchal headship in marriage, and how quickly they tripped over themselves to proclaim a need for a wife to limit her submission in order to prevent her husband … Read more…

For clarity’s sake

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. —Titus 2:2-6

When I write here or speak in person against women’s blogs or women’s ministries featuring women teaching other women, this passage is my critics’ most commonly used ammunition. 

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Hear ye the parable of the puppy

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”–Matt 3:36 (ESV)

Deep Strength has a post up entitled “Real-life Ruths” that is somewhat related to my post “Consider the puppy.” I’m going to share some more of my most recent experiences in the marriage marketplace, to continue to illustrate the point.

Kalli* was a slim blonde

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Consider the puppy, learn his lesson

This post is for the unmarried men in my audience, but in a way that is not usually true, it is also for the unmarried women I know lurk here. No, I will not make an exception to the comments policy for this post–I don’t need to hear what you women have to say, quite the opposite. I’m going to tell you how to land a husband that would otherwise be out of your league. If you don’t understand, read it again. If you still don’t understand, email me–do not comment on this post.

In a recent post, Donal laid out the two main options available to marriage-minded men today:

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