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Just a comment in an ABCnews article I read this morning about the recent federal budget.

Make of this what you will: [The Labor government] is getting rid of the “dependent spouse tax offset” that in practice allowed men who were rich enough to have kept wives to claim a tax concession – an anachronism that was regressive, discouraged workforce participation and has no place in today’s society and economy.

It’s pretty obvious to me.

And they might have them close together and more than the modern average family and…and…and… 

Another link to a post about contraception, specifically the pill. This article specifically looks at the possibility that the pill could cause abortion in one-in-slim-chances cases.

But it’s another one of those sacred cows so whatever you do, don’t talk about it.

It occured to me tonight that one of the greatest ways to strengthen a marriage is to desire to have a child.

  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a husband to depend on his wife to bear him a child.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a wife to rely on her husband for the seed and to give her body to nurture their common child.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a couple to commit to raising a family together.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a couple to pray together to their Father in expectancy.

Very rarely do you read a thoughful, intelligent, non-reactionary (from either side) Christian comment regarding contraception. In this post, Albert Mohler discusses some of the issues which are ignored by most or clouded over (by illogic) by the rest.

Using contraception, (at least until we’ve had some time to ourselves, or made some money, or finished our education…) is virtually unquestionable among young christian couples today. But Mohler notes, (in reference to the devolopment of contraceptive technology) that 100 years ago “adults who’d intend to have very active sex lives without any respect to the likelihood of children didn’t exist. And it’s now unexceptional.”

Further, The idea that sex would be severed from childbearing is a very modern concept — and a concept made meaningful only by the development of the Pill and its successor birth control technologies. The severing of this relationship represents a quantum change in human life and relationships, not to mention morality.

Methinks this yet another topic where we’ve allowed the events and minds of the world to shape our thinking, rather than asking our Father what he thinks about it.

Great if you’re near Sydney and can get there. But don’t miss out, even if you are further afield (like us). Buy the dvds. (buy resources from previous equip conferences and order the current ones)

For free download of Peter Cook’s bookPeter Cook cover: Mothering Denied. The sources of love and how our culture harms infants, women, and society.

Note that Peter Cook is a secular child psychiatrist and many of his presuppositions are in direct discord with a Christian view. This doesn’t mean that his research has nothing to say to our modern world, or to thinking Christian people. Mothering is yet another area where Christians have sadly dropped the baton, forgetting that we should speak God’s thoughts to the world on all the issues of life.

Just found this blog. It might interest you if you’d like to read a feminist’s view of feminism history. Or possibly if you have read The Feminist Mistake. It is one person’s research (for a TAFE women’s studies program). This was the first post I read. As Isaiah 5:20 says evil can be spoken of as good and this scripture seems to apply to much of this content. But I am encouraged to think a bit harder if I’m to avoid simply wiping her view aside (or accepting it on face value).

I found the summary of a view of education interesting. I am amazed that women are *still* asserting that the education system discriminates against and disadvantages girls (as opposed to boys…my personal opinion is that the education system does no one any favours when compared to a living education)

I say that I am amazed because having studied education during the early 80s and then again in the early 90s I could see the changes which had been introduced in policy in favour of girls’ education. It seemed to me then that quite the reverse had happened. This is reinforced by research for example: “The War Against Boys – How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men” (pub 2000)

For what it’s worth…

This coming Saturday is the meeting for our mini book club. There is generally quite a mix of women involved, but it appears that the only women who will be attending this month are all single (except me!) and with one exception are all older than me. I had already put some thought into how the book will be of benefit to single women but I didn’t realise until now that it is going to be the focus.

On thinking a little more specifically it occurs to me that this book, essentially written for wives and mothers, can be of great benefit to single women. Below is the line (very briefly) I thought I would take but I’d also like to ask for feedback on this. Can you think of something I may have missed? Please offer your suggestion if you have one.

-Paul emphasised to Titus that he must “teach what is in accord with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1) It follows that these outcomes (loving and living) will be a fruit of faith (3:3-8) and need to be understood and clearly imparted.
-Christian single women are a part of ‘the bride of Christ’ and so a sound understanding of these qualities will enable us to behave as we should towards Christ. Also, as human beings we are God’s image bearers and our relationships here on earth are to speak out about God’s purposes and reflect truth about life in Him.
-As members of the body of Christ, single women will closely relate to women who are wives and mothers. Understanding issues of importance to married women allows the single women to empathise and offer assistance to them as they in turn grow in knowledge of sound doctrine.
Titus 2:3 *doesn’t* say: Likewise, teach the older wives and mothers to be reverent in the way they live…so they can train the younger women… All older Christian women should develop an understanding and a lifestyle which allows for input into the lives of younger Christian women. This would imply that even single older women understand what it means for women to love their husbands and children. Clearly, qualities of self control, purity and kindness are to be developed in us all.

Along with the other people at equipbooks, I have been reading The Feminist Mistake by Mary Kassian. For your own interest check out the notes on the equipbooks site, they are really very helpful.

Feminism’s whole foundation is built upon women’s desire to be autonomous. The whole issue is so clearly a theology of glory (which began in the garden when Satan offered autonomy to Eve and then Adam).

Here are a few lines from Gerhard Forde which show the thinking to be what it is:

He says: In the absence of clear understanding…[i]t is evident that there is a serious erosion or slippage in the language of theology today. Sentimentality leads to a shift in focus…[t]o take a common example, we apparently are no longer sinners, but rather victims, oppressed by sinister victimizers whom we relentlessly seek to track down and accuse.

Since we are victims and not really sinners, what we need is affirmation and support…The language slips and falls out of place. It becomes therapeutic rather than evangelical. It must he trimmed more and more…In thesis 21 of the Heidelberg Disputation Luther says that a theologian of the cross “says what a thing is,” whereas a theologian of glory calls the bad good and the good bad.

But the truth is that A (true) theology of the cross is not sentimentalism. To be sure, it speaks much about suffering. A theologian of the cross, Luther says, looks at all things through suffering and the cross. It is also certainly true that in Christ God enters into our suffering and death. But in a theology of the cross it is soon apparent that we cannot ignore the fact that suffering comes about because we are at odds with God…Now we in turn suffer the absolute and unconditional working of God upon us. It is a suffering because…we cannot abide such working.

The whole article makes great sense and isn’t merely a criticism. He ends: My suspicion is that the malaise of the theology of glory is the ultimate source of contemporary despair. My assumption is that a theology of the cross brings hope—indeed, the only ultimate hope.

Amen.

(The book Forde wrote On Being a Theologian of the Cross is an amazing read too).

I have been reading some new (to me) blogs over the last few months (since you took me to Equip, Carly) Once you find one…you know the story, it leads you on. Wow, there is some writing talent out there and they would leave me intimidated if I was trying to have *my* voice heard here on my humble little blog…but since I’m not and I’m so blessed by what they have to say, I will keep roaming around.

True to the raison d’etre, here are some links:

How should we value motherhood and where ministry fits in to it all. Well, it’s actually called Motherhood -less children, more ministry?

Another entitled “How many children should I have?” Having lived in a world of extremes both ways, I have never read a more balanced and encouraging discussion on this topic. Is it only ever just theory?

The Equipbooks discussion on the book Feminine Appeal.

The comments on all these posts are very useful. Enjoy.

This morning after Elizabeth had recounted a bizzare dream she’d had in ‘the land between’ while she was waking up, she and Mick were telling me (while the coffee brewed) of a couple of the guys at church who’d recently had their eyebrows done (!)

It wasn’t the time for a too serious conversation but I had to comment on the article I’d just opened on the gender blog that very minute; The Feminization of the American Male (after all, there are only American males).

When I picked up a coffee at Maccas later on, I noticed that the boy serving me had very dark roots under his bleached hair and his eyebrows were some days overdue for a wax! I really got to thinking about the image idol of our modern age. Read some of the advice to men from the above mentioned article: [When preparing for a special occasion] visit your hairdresser, go for a massage, and have a facial scrub [which] will all add to your confidence. And the question…Can you imagine our great grandfathers talking [about] the slow pampering of a bath, moisturizer, eye cream, manicure kit, pedicure kit, body moisturizer, and body scrub?

Admittedly, most of this is new. Not the vanity, self absorption and pride but certainly the pampering, plucking, dying and primping! The article comments: If men are focused on such trivial things as dry skin and pampering themselves with long baths, it will be all the more difficult to expect them to lead, provide, and protect. Read the complete article on the gender blog here.

Most boys I grew up with would have identified those tips as the realm of the feminine, without a blink of the eye. But then I got thinking about the whole gym culture with its body building, workouts and weight training. Just because this is a manly pursuit, doesn’t make it more ‘right’ does it? Men are built to be buff. They used to build muscles by splitting wood, carting heavy objects and doing real man things. But if the focus of servant-like leadership has become hazy and ‘it’s all about me’ then the gym is as much an image idol as plucked eyebrows and manicured nails, just as much a distraction from ‘who and what am I supposed to be?’

I really don’t think we can lay down rules about how to look and dress, what shampoo to use or whether to wax the T-bar. But I do think that as Christians we should ask seriously; what shapes my image…the magazines on the i-bars at Coles, the neutering of gender issues in our culture or my understanding of myself as a child of God?

And guys…here’s my tip; Jesus was the son of his Father.

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