So Much More, p. 15-22 – Part 1: Father God

So did you guess that the title of this post was an intentional play on words, before even reading the post? Yes? Good. Then you grasp one of the foundational concepts of stay-at-home daughterhood (SAHD): that the line between human fathers and the Divine is murky at best.

Don’t believe me? First, review some previous SAHD material here and here. Highlights of the show include Doug Phillips issuing an “altar call” for girls to turn their hearts to their fathers, and Anna Sofia Botkin claiming that girls can take their fathers’ names in vain. Second, stay tuned, because there’s a whole boatload of bizarre headed your way that might make you change your mind. Continue reading

Phishers of Men

Real email that arrived in my inbox the other day. Has little or nothing to do with the mission of this blog, except that it’s ostensibly Christian, but I don’t care because A) it is hilarious / ridiculous and B) I am feeling silly. Enjoy.

Dear Child of God,

Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD Almighty and Our LORD JESUS CHRIST the giver of every good thing. Good day and compliments of the seasons, i know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence. I am Mrs. Esther Heidi aging widow of 61 years old suffering from long time illness.I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of (19.2Million Dollars) and I needed a very honest and God fearing who can withdraw this money then use the funds for Charity works. I WISH TO GIVE THIS FUNDS TO YOU FOR CHARITY WORKS. I found your email address from the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring me a helper and i decided to contact you if you may be willing and interested to handle these trust funds in good faith before anything happens to me.

I accept this decision because I do not have any child who will inherit this money after I die. I want your urgent reply to me so that I will give you the deposit receipt which the SECURITY COMPANY issued to me as next of kin for immediate transfer of the money to your account in your country, to start the good work of God, I want you to use the 40/percent of the total amount to help yourself in doing the project. I am desperately in keen need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you for this task, you must not fail me and the millions of poor people in our todays WORLD. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved, 100% RISK FREE with full legal proof. Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Charity works kindly let me know immediately.I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don’t want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Please
kindly respond quickly for further details. Reply to my private email: [redacted]
Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Esther Heidi

So Much More, p. 1-13 – Part 3: The Black-and-White Cookie


Remember this post, where I compared the views of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) to a black-and-white cookie? This is also, I think, one of the underlying problems behind So Much More (and really, all of patriocentricity) – black-and-white, all-or-nothing, extreme thinking. Here’s a perfect example (emphasis A&E’s): Continue reading

So Much More, p. 1-13 – Part 2: A Blast from the Past

Having covered the severe lack of definitions in the first chapter of So Much More, let’s move on to examining recurring themes from the Vision Forum lectures I’ve been critiquing for the past year and a half. First up is Doug Phillips’ real “holy trinity” – principles, patterns and precepts – which I discussed in my very first Big Box post, How to Think Like a Christian: Continue reading

So Much More, p. 1-13 – Part 1: He Who Defines Wins

The title of this post is (supposedly) one of Doug Phillips’ favorite phrases. It means, essentially, that the party who defines the terms, gets to control the conversation. There is wisdom in that, but it won’t be my focus in this post. Instead, I’ll be exploring how it’s essential to know how others define their terms in order to understand what they are really saying – and more importantly, how a failure to define terms can be used to a speaker or writer’s advantage. Continue reading

New Series Announcement: So Much More

Well, it’s been a long year and a half, and I’m finally nearing the end of my Big Box. In fact there are only four lectures left in the Box now – Independence Day, George Washington: America’s Joshua, Pilgrims vs. Indians and Yankees vs. Rebels. However, since all these lectures are on specific historical topics, and there’s nothing I hate more than rushing research (esp. about history), I did not want to commit myself to a weekly Sunday post. So the four remaining Big Box reviews will appear as I finish them, on no particular timetable.

But fear not! That doesn’t mean that nothing will be going on at Scarlet Letters in the meantime. Shortly after the Doug Phillips-Lourdes Torres scandal broke last year, I obtained a copy of Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin’s book So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God. Since I’ve written in some detail about stay-at-home daughterhood (SAHD), I thought it would be appropriate to examine this; it is, after all, along with The Return of the Daughters, probably one of the most well-known items promoting SAHD. At the moment, I’m planning to structure the series the same way Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism structured her many series on Michael and Debi Pearl’s books (i.e., by page numbers rather than chapters) – though obviously this remains flexible, and things may evolve as the series progresses.

So stay tuned, readers. Maybe you’ll learn “so much more” about SAHD.

Hollywood’s Most Despised Villain (TBB)

The “TBB” in the name of this post means that it is part of The Big Box series. If you’re new to Scarlet Letters, read the introductory post to see what the Big Box is all about.

Gather ‘round, kids! It’s time for the creepiest show on earth – Hollywood’s Most Despised Villain by Geoff Botkin!

I know, I know, I don’t usually start posts like that. But in all seriousness, Hollywood’s Most Despised Villain was the creepiest lecture I’ve heard so far. In fact, by the end I felt unsettled even listening to it – and I was only hearing the audio, not seeing Botkin and his body language. So why is it so creepy? Bear with me for just a moment and I’ll show you. Continue reading