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Biblical Womanhood and Christian Living
Role Models for Young Women
Recently, I have been pondering the influences that young girls and young women have been surrounded by, in the media. A few extremely "popular" females come to mind: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and many other young women that are having devastating effects on the younger female generation.... One of my favorite passages in the whole bible is found in Proverbs 31, in fact I even use it as the verse for my e-mail signature. Proverbs 31:30 "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Today, I looked up the definition of favor in the Strong's exhaustive concordance, it translates as follows: grace, charm, elegance, and strangely enough, acceptance . How interesting. So, the Bible clearly tells us that seeking after "acceptance" is deceitful. That's worth saying again! Wanting to be accepted or popular is deceitful! That is what these girls are chasing, acceptance and popularity. This powerful little passage in Proverbs 31, provides us with a very precious promise. It tells us that if anyone wants a guaranteed way of being praised, they can simply choose to fear the Lord.

Read Article (Outside Link) Mar 22, 2010 - 10:38:29 PM

Feminism and Related Issues
Men, the Gender Wars Are Over -- We Won
Congratulations, brothers. Our day is at last at hand, a day of no responsibility and easy mating access as far as the eye can see. Best of all, women are convinced that they have done this themselves, and for their own good. [A sarcastic look back at what feminism has "achieved" for women everywhere. Not for young readers. ]
Read Article (Outside Link) Mar 22, 2010 - 8:59:38 PM

Feminism and Related Issues
The First Ladette: How Germaine Greer's legacy is an entire generation of loose-knickered lady louts
Liberation has led to loucheness, a way of life which brings its own imprisonment. Emmeline Pankhurst would be horrified, but this is where the remorseless quest for rights has taken the fairer sex. It has overshot liberty and landed in a sweaty jungle where women are equal to men in squalor and excess. [ WARNING: There is a racy photo at the top of this piece -- a picture of feminist Germaine Greer, illustrating the hypocrisy of the "pro-woman" movement. Not for young readers. ]
Read Article (Outside Link) Mar 22, 2010 - 8:53:51 PM

Feminism and Related Issues
More Women Embracing Traditional Family Roles in UK
Young mothers are turning their backs on high-powered careers to raise their children, a study has found. Their mothers, or even grandmothers, lived through a time when women fought for full-time work and better pay. But today's generation is returning to the traditional values of home and family - and looking to men to be the breadwinners. [Notice that the liberal commission that studied these results still insists that young mothers are "anxious to go back to work" but are hindered by the lack of paid daycare, etc., etc. -- completely ignoring the findings, which point to more philosophical reasons for this shift.]
Read Article (Outside Link) Feb 21, 2010 - 7:08:20 PM

Feminism and Related Issues
Why men in ads are dumb, goofy or completely inept
More and more marketers are trying to tap into the overwhelming buying power of wives and mothers at the expense of their other halves. Dads are dumb, boyfriends are bumbling and husbands are utterly hopeless as brands strive to relate to women by showing men as especially goofy or incompetent.

Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 11:06:43 AM

Hot Button Issues
No-Fault Divorce
Marriage in the United States can be both a religious covenant and a legal contract. Different religions have different views about what constitutes marriage and what grounds, if any, exist for divorce or anullment. I won't go into the nitty-gritty of all these theological and doctrinal matters in this post. For the time being, I'd like to focus on the legal aspects of marriage, or more precisely, the legal aspects of dissolving a marriage contract. Specifically, I would like to address the issue of "no-fault divorce," which I believe could rather be rightly termed "divorce on demand." A wake-up call about what no-fault divorce is, where it came from, and why we need to oppose it as forcefully as possible.
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 2:12:50 AM

Feminism and Related Issues
Housewife Superstars
Way back in the Dark Ages, in the 1950s, a woman's place was in the home. Like it or lump it, housework was the ultimate satisfying career. If you think those days are long gone, we've got some news for you. Some women who have it all, have had enough.
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 2:02:23 AM

Teach Your Children Well
Families gather around TV to do their own thing
Electronic media, once a force for togetherness as whole families gathered around the radio or television, are now pulling families apart, according to a report from the UK’s communication’s regulator, Ofcom. [While we're certainly not Luddites here at LAF, we have long advocated ditching broadcast television, which is a major time-robber and brain drain. But it's also important to keep a tight rein on other electronic media and remember to keep up face-to-face time with family members. Why not read aloud in the evenings or enjoy a family game night around the table? There are so many meaningful ways to connect besides "tweeting" each other from across the room!]

Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 1:51:22 AM

Hot Button Issues
Oh Yaz, There May be a Problem
Laba is just one of the attorneys preparing to file product liability (failure to warn) cases against Bayer on behalf of clients who have come forward with serious injuries they believe are related to the use of the Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills. “We are now trying to determine how many cases there are out there now,” says Laba. “These are women who have either suffered a heart attack or deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism or sometimes kidney or renal problems. They are typically young women between the ages of 17 and 35 or 40.”
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 1:44:59 AM

Femininity & Modesty
Clothing and the Humanity of the Superfluous
Ideally, dignity in dress does not necessarily represent hypocrisy; rather, our apparel grounds us in our identity and keeps us sane. One can marry the outer and the inner with integrity. The superfluity of clothing clarifies one's identity. Without the superfluous, we are abandoned royalty: wronged, unprotected, and out in a storm, a storm that is blind to who is human and who is beast.
Aug 8, 2009 - 1:41:15 AM

Teach Your Children Well
Large Families and the Oldest Child
When people see our large family, we get the gamut of comments.  Often though, you can hear concern for the older children–especially for the oldest–as they assume that surely it must be drudgery for her to have to help take care of them all.  And, this might be a natural conclusion IF you have a jaded view of the blessing of children.
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 1:39:19 AM

Feminism and Related Issues
More Feminist Hypocrisy
Our culture seems to project the idea that only jobs that have a paycheck are worthwhile, and that as long as you are doing work for someone other than your loved ones, it is fulfilling. There are many jobs women do in the workforce that are exactly the same as what they could do for their family, except that the women who work for strangers are seen as "fulfilled," and the women who work for loved ones are seen as "enslaved." Culture says it's better to work as a personal assistant or helper to a boss, than as a helper to your husband. [Be sure to read Part One of this super series!]
Read Article (Outside Link) Aug 8, 2009 - 12:41:37 AM

Biblical Womanhood and Christian Living
Stressed-out Momma! I Need A Break!
Though I am still the mother of young children, I do have older children to help me with them. While having older children doesn’t always make it easier, they are a help most of the time….but it hasn’t ALWAYS been that way! There was a time when I had 3 children 4 and under. Amanda had just turned 4, two weeks before Rachel was born. It can be tough. It wasn’t much easier having 5 children 10, 8, 6, 2, and a newborn. Easier. Funny that that is the focus, isn’t it? Is it supposed to be easy having the toughest and most important job in the world? No, I don’t think so, but knowing the Creator of all these little munchkins sure gives us some answers as to how.
Read Article (Outside Link) Jul 27, 2009 - 6:30:56 AM

Teach Your Children Well
Top Five Reasons Not to Send Your Kids Back to Govt. School
Anyone who has kept up with my blog knows that I am no fan of government education.  I have made it a point to carry The Continuing Collapse on a regular basis, and I try to make biblical, philosophical and theological arguments in favor of Christian education as often as possible. However, I recognize the obstacles those of us on my side of the street face.  As many as eighty-five to ninety percent of professing Christians send their children to the government for their education. That is simply an astonishing figure considering the fact that the Christian community fought mandatory government education tooth-and-nail for it’s first fifty years of existence. Since then we have gone from fighting against government schools to fighting for them and implying that those who fight against them are fundamentalists, anti-intellectuals, and racists . In the meantime, our schools grow progressively worse.  Well, as we begin this summer, I want to appeal to those of you with children in government schools. Please don’t send them back!  I beg you to consider what you are doing.
Read Article (Outside Link) Jul 27, 2009 - 6:26:37 AM

Responsible Manhood
Leading and Submitting
The biblical beauty of mature masculinity can be contrasted with two distortions that arise, namely machismo and passivity. Passivity is by far the more significant problem in Western culture today, so I'll tackle this one first. It is also more difficult to detect; we are immune to it since it is so pervasive.
Read Article (Outside Link) Jul 27, 2009 - 6:23:08 AM

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