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Two Exams, and Two Questions

Two Exams, and Two Questions

I present my children with two written tests. They open the envelope of the first, and see the heading, “Dad Orthodoxy”. A series of questions about me follows, which they find delightfully easy. “What is your father’s first name?” “What color are your father’s eyes?” “What is your father’s favorite meal?” “Where did your father… Continue Reading

Letter to a Concerned Saint

Letter to a Concerned Saint

Dear saint, You have been reading about orthopathy and ordinate affection, and perhaps it all sounds rather perplexing and intimidating. The controversy around these matters is unnerving and unsettling, and you wish it would go away.  It has caused you some real anxiety. You are close to real distress, or worse, to dismissing the whole… Continue Reading

Irreverent and Culpable

Irreverent and Culpable

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Mind Your Manners: Rude to God You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

 Thus far in this series, we have seen several truths about manners and their relation to worship and worship forms: All cultures have manners. All cultures recognize the importance of appropriate responses. The expression of these appropriate responses differs greatly between cultures. These differences do not relativize the affections of reverence or honor  They demonstrate that meaning comes… Continue Reading

Manners and Meaning

Manners and Meaning

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Mind Your Manners: Rude to God You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

What do widely varying manners tell us about ordinate affection? Some reason this way: since some cultures regard eye-contact as respectful, and others regard eye-contact as impudent, these opposite understandings of reverence show the relative and subjective nature of manners. These outward expressions are adiaphora – indifferent, neutral things. The morality lies in the person… Continue Reading

The Strange Silence Around the Third Commandment

The Strange Silence Around the Third Commandment

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Mind Your Manners: Rude to God You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” This command is universally understood to mean that God’s name is not to be used as a curse-word, or as a mere exclamation. And who would deny that? To use the very name of God to express irritation or surprise, to add… Continue Reading

Mind Your Manners: Rude to God

Mind Your Manners: Rude to God

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Mind Your Manners: Rude to God You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Manners are strange and wonderful things. Every culture has them, and yet they often vary widely between cultures. In Western culture, ‘ladies first’ is a way of expressing deference and honour to women, while in some black cultures in South Africa, a man is to enter every space first to demonstrate his protection of those… Continue Reading

A Christian Imagination

A Christian Imagination

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible”, describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”: make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words… Continue Reading

Music is for people, not God

Music is for people, not God

I have heard many times from people who have the noble objective of recovering a God-centeredness in worship that our music is not for people–it’s for God. Now, I understand and applaud the sentiment behind a statement like this. If by this statement they mean that God should be the center and focus of our worship, then… Continue Reading

Distinguishing Between Affections

Distinguishing Between Affections

This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A Christian understanding of the affections emphasizes the centrality of the affections in the Christian life, and distinguishes it from modern notions of emotion. Beyond that, restoring a Christian view of the affections requires distinguishing between the kinds of affections. If the affections are our hearts’ expressions of value or response to the nature and worth… Continue Reading