Getting Real About Real Love

I love it each time I receive a posting on Edith M Humphrey’s A Lamp For Today blog.
Her engaging no nonsense writing style plus the depth of her insight into Biblical and spiritual matters make her articles a delight.  And, besides, anyone who appreciates The Princess Bride or has grandchildren who do must be a nice person ;-).  The following piece by Ms. Humphrey, which appeared at: www.blogs.ancientfaith.com as: “What Have You Got Worth Living For? True Love!” – St. Valentine, Marriage and the Orthodox Faith,  was especially timely for me and it may be for you as well in these days following Valentine’s Day.  Ms. Humphrey is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a member of St. George Antiochian Cathedral in Pittsburgh.  RMF

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“What Have You Got Worth Living For? True Love!”–St. Valentine, Marriage and the Orthodox Faith

  by Edith M. Humphrey

Edith M. Humphrey

Edith M. Humphrey

My children’s generation grew up on a classical love-story, tinged with touches of humor: The Princess Bride, more often watched in the film version than read in the book by William Goldman. I remember my middle daughter Alexandra being delighted that the story begins with a grandfather telling his ill grandchild a story, when she was also home ill from school while watching the story on our VHS. Even the adults are typically amused by that ridiculous scene when Miracle Max blows air by means of fire-bellows into Westley’s mouth, asking the question, “What have you got worth living for?” and the “mostly-dead” young man responds, “True Love!”

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Mad Max & Wesley

Mad Max & Wesley

Of course, romantic love is one of those things about human life that has been celebrated, exaggerated, sentimentalized and even idolized. Yet, when it is put in its proper place, the love of a man and woman is “a many-splendored thing.” As the book of Hebrews advises, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge the immoral and adulterous.” (Heb 13:4 RSV). Even more amazing is the mysterious remark of St. Paul, which speaks of the sacrificial relationship between a husband and a wife as “profound mystery” related to Christ’s love for the Church (Ephesians 5:32). The attraction of a man for a woman, and vice versa, is a powerful thing, and finds its way into the opening chapters of Genesis, when Adam recognizes “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” as God presents Eve to him.   Continue reading

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Woah, Nelly! I’m Cooling My Jets

The political storm in America continues to rage .  Here is some biblical wisdom from Pastor Bob Russell which may be of use to you as it is to me.  Pastor Russell’s posting appeared at: www.bobrussell.org as: Keep Calm and Pray On. RMF

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Keep Calm and Pray On

by Bob Russell

Pastor Bob Russell

Pastor Bob Russell

The American people are angry! I can’t remember ever seeing such widespread, fierce hostility.

Those who attended the Million Woman march in Washington D.C were furious that Donald Trump won the election. They considered his election an affront to the dignity of women and a future threat to abortion on demand. Ashley Judd was nasty mad. Madonna confessed to being so angry she had thoughts of blowing up the White House.

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It’s not just feminists who are angry about recent events. Politicians, actors and public figures of both genders are expressing their outrage at the President’s recent ninety-day immigration ban. Protestors on college campuses and in the streets of major cities are so infuriated at the latest executive order they are blocking traffic, screaming profanities, destroying property and throwing rocks and bottles at police.

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is angry also. He can’t believe the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned his executive order. He’s confident that it’s wise to temporarily ban immigrants from seven middle-east countries that sponsor terrorism and that he has the authority to do so. Last week the President indignantly tweeted disparaging remarks about the judges who ruled against him and he vowed to get even.

It was disappointing to learn that evangelical leaders are deeply divided over the immigration issue. Well-known church leaders like Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffries and Jerry Falwell Jr. are vehement in their support of the President. On the other hand respected torchbearers like Max Lucado, Tim Keller and Bill Hybels are taking a strong stand against the immigration ban. Continue reading

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OK or Not OK in Marriage?

For several years I’ve  followed the ministry of April Cassidy.  April is a licensed pharmacist who has a heart for women and ministers to them through her blog posts, writing, and conferences.  She deals with many challenging topics from a Biblical perspective and many are addressed in her book, The Peaceful Wife – Living in Submission to Christ as Lord, which is available at Amazon.com (Click HERE).  The following is her most recent blog post which appeared at: peaceful wife.com  as: Are Particular Sexual Activities Wrong in Marriage? .  It is a sensitive and difficult topic and I’m impressed with the grace and wisdom with which April approaches the issue.  RMF

Are Particular Sexual Activities Wrong in Marriage?

by April Cassidy

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ABOUT MY APPROACH TO THIS POST:

April Cassidy "The Peaceful Wife"

April Cassidy
“The Peaceful Wife”

I haven’t stated my personal convictions about specific sexual activities in marriage for a variety of reasons. One reason is that last year, God convicted me that Romans 14 admonishes believers to keep our personal convictions about “disputable matters” private.

The sharing of personal convictions tends to cause a lot of division in the body of Christ.

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans 14:1

So I took down any posts that were about my own convictions on a number of topics. I want to build the unity in the body, not create division over trivial matters.

April's Book The Peaceful Wife

April’s Book
The Peaceful Wife

So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. Romans 14:22

I decided to write about this topic after several requests. However, I am not going to be sharing my own convictions or details about my marriage in this area out of respect for God, for Greg, for myself, and for the body of Christ. I appreciate everyone respecting my approach. 🙂

I have decided not to have comments available on this particular post.

This topic lends itself toward becoming a debate that would probably not be productive.
I also don’t want to have any unwholesome conversations or inappropriate conversations in mixed company.
There are some resources at the bottom of the post. I invite you to check them out and prayerfully consider each issue for yourself with your own husband. 🙂

A FEW FOUNDATIONAL THOUGHTS:

First, I want to remember that my greatest goal as a believer is to bring glory to God in all I do.  Continue reading

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Moral Courage Needed to Defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism

I always appreciate an article about a topic of interest to me and one which is able to pretty much be balanced in its approach (which is different than saying that the author has no built in bias). The following piece by Caroline B. Glick is such an article.  Ms. Glick is the Director of the Israeli Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles and the senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared as Our World: The Evolving Threat of Jihad in the West.  I found the article at the Jewish World Review website where is was printed with the caption: “The author has the, ahem, that few others do!”  RMF

The emasculated West’s death wish

By Caroline B. Glick

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Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick

One of the most important stories related to the September 11 attacks was the one that was deliberately left largely untold. That story is the response of some Muslims in America to the massacre of nearly 3,000 people by Islamic supremacists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

According to a Washington Post article published on September 18, 2001, in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the river from the destroyed World Trade Center, “Within hours of the two jetliners plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”  Continue reading

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National Geographic’s Gender Confusion and Delusion

The following article appeared at The Witherspoon Institute’s The Public Discourse  as: National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution.”  This article by Denny Burk and Andrew Walker provides a thoughtful critique to the current narrative concerning gender identity that is promoted by National Geographic and much of the media.   It is certainly worth being aware that the foundations of the narrative are on very shaky ground and that most of what is published as fact is actually very subjective with little scientific backing.   RMF

National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution”: Bad Argument and Biased Ideology
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Accepting the claims of transgender ideology requires papering over one’s conscience and making a mockery of the “law written on the heart” that our bodies bear witness to in our complementary design.

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Denny Burk

Denny Burk

The January 2017 issue of National Geographic is dedicated to exploring what it calls the “Gender Revolution”—a post-Sexual Revolution movement that seeks to deconstruct traditional understandings about human embodiment, male-female sexual dimorphism, and gender. In an article titled “Rethinking Gender,” Robin Marantz Henig cites evolving gender norms as a justification for the Gender Revolution. But Henig’s argument is not only unpersuasive, it’s also based on a radical proposal about human nature that is at odds with both natural law and biblical anthropology.

The purpose of this essay is not to address every facet of gender that Henig explores. Rather, our goal is to address some of the more glaring errors in the piece. Many of the criticisms below apply not only to Henig’s article, but to the broader philosophical problems inherent within the transgender movement.

Gender Identity, Category Confusion, and Moral Inconsistency

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

First (and most problematic): Henig offers no substantive argument for why one’s internal, self-perception of his or her “gender identity” ought to determine one’s gender or have authority greater than one’s biological sex. The essay offers testimonies of people who say that their gender identity is at odds with their biological sex. But testimony is not sufficient. Asserting a claim does not demonstrate the authenticity of that claim. Readers are given no explanation for why we ought to regard the claims of one’s gender identity as reality rather than a subjective feeling or self-perception.  Continue reading

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Ten Whoppers?

In his version of “Fact Checker” Benjamin “Ben” Shapiro takes serious issue with Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech regarding the United Nations’ resolution #2334 condemning Israel   To be sure the Israeli-Palestenian issue is complex and there is no easy path, diplomatic or otherwise, which will lead to an acceptable solution.  But the break with the US’s historic policy of supporting Israel is a major development with little bipartisen support.  Mr. Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney. He is editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire and is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the media watchdog group TruthRevolt. RMF

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10 Lies Secretary of State Kerry Told During His Big Middle East Peace Speech
By Ben Shapiro

Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech on his proposed plan for peace between Israelis and Arabs. His plan: blame the Jews, pretend that Palestinian terrorism and incitement isn’t representative of the actual Palestinian government, and then blather for 69 more minutes. His speech razed facts to the ground in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.

Here were ten of the worst lies and lies-by-omission Kerry purveyed in his ode to lying and self-indulgence:

1. Equating Jewish Settlements and Palestinian Terrorism. Israel has been wracked by a wave of stabbings and shootings and rocket attacks from Palestinian terrorists over the last two years. Kerry spent a few minutes on that, but only in order to draw moral equivalence with Jews building additional bathrooms in East Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. “The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion, and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides,” Kerry said. This is nonsense. Before there were any Jewish settlements – when Israel did not control Judea, Samaria, or Gaza – the Palestine Liberation Organization called for the “liberation” of Palestine, meaning the complete destruction of Israel. The problem isn’t people building homes. It’s Palestinians murdering Jews, and refusing to accept that any home built by a Jew ought to exist in the Middle East.   Continue reading

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The Whacking of the US From Within

The impact of the US’s participation in the drafting and then abstention from the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel has far reaching implications well beyond what is immediately apparent. The following article by Caroline B. Glick addresses the author’s assessment of the impact and consequences of the Administration’s actions.  Ms. Glick is Director of the Israeli Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles and the senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared.  RMF

Obama’s war against America
By Caroline B. Glick
Dec. 28, 2016

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Carolyn Glick

Carolyn Glick

Jeane Kirkpatrick

Jeane Kirkpatrick

In 1989, following her tenure as President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick described how the Palestinians have used the UN to destroy Israel.

Following outgoing US President Barack Obama’s assault on Israel at the UN Security Council last Friday, longtime UN observer Claudia Rossett wrote an important article at PJMedia where she recalled Kirkpatrick’s words.

In “How the PLO was legitimized,” published in Commentary, Kirkpatrick said that Yasser Arafat and the PLO worked “to come to power through international diplomacy – reinforced by murder.”  Continue reading

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