What’s A Girl to Do? (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.

What you are reading is the end of the beginning…because today Scarlet Letters has reached an important milestone. What’s A Girl to Do? is the last of the “first tier” CDs in my Big Box (see here for an explanation of the term “first tier”) – which means I am officially one-quarter of the way through this series! Most fledgling blogs don’t last this long in the wide world of cyberspace, so I’d like to thank my dear readers for all their support, comments and views, especially the good folks at The Wartburg Watch, who inspired me to finally put feet on my idea for a blog. Thanks to you, many Big Box posts now appear on the first page of Google returns when the name of the product they critique is entered (in some cases before Vision Forum’s own website). Hopefully, this will further one of Scarlet Letters’ main goals: giving Vision Forum’s potential customers a second opinion before they buy. Continue reading

Seven Bible Truths Violated by Christian Dating (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.

Well, it’s finally time to cover one of patriarchy’s most (in)famous practices: courtship. As anyone who grew up in the Christian homeschool “bubble” will tell you, courtship is pushed hard from all quarters in that community, often by organizations like Vision Forum that promote “purity”-based products, programs and events (see here and here). But what exactly is courtship, and how does it differ from dating (which courtship’s proponents often malign)? S. M. Davis’ lecture will give us lots of opportunities to explore those important questions. Continue reading

Pentecost – Veni, Sancte Spiritus


Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
Et emitte caelitus
Lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,
Veni, dator munerum,
Veni, lumen cordium.

Consolator optime,
Dulcis hospes animae,
Dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,
In aestu temperies,
In fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,
Reple cordis intima
Tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine
Nihil est in homine,
Nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,
Riga quod est aridum,
Sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
Fove quod est frigidum,
Rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus,
In te confidentibus,
Sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,
Da salutis exitum,
Da perenne gaudium.


Come, Holy Spirit,
and send forth the heavenly
radiance of Your light.

Come, Father of the poor;
come, Giver of gifts;
come, Light of the heart.

Greatest Comforter,
sweet Guest of the soul,
sweet Consolation.

In labor, rest;
in heat, temperance;
in tears, solace.

O most blessed Light,
fill the inmost heart
of Your faithful.

Without Your grace,
there is nothing in man,
nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.

Bend that which is inflexible,
fire that which is chilled,
correct what goes astray.

Give to Your faithful,
those who trust in You,
the sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue;
grant the deliverance of salvation;
grant eternal joy.

The Centrality of the Home in Evangelism and Discipleship (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.

This is the first and only time in my Big Box that I’ll be interacting with Voddie Baucham, pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. The brief bio on his church’s website should serve as a good introduction (emphasis mine): Continue reading

Ascension Day – Viri Galilaei

Viri Galilaei, quid admiramini aspicientes in caelum? Alleluia.
Quemadmodum vidistis eum ascendentem in caelum, ita veniet. Alleluia.
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus: jubilate Deo in voce exultationis.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Men of Galilee, why stand you looking into heaven? Alleluia.
He shall so come as you have seen Him going into heaven. Alleluia.
All ye nations, clap your hands: make jubilation to God in the voice of exultation.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A Biblical Vision for Multi-Generational Faithfulness (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.

Well, the homeschool conference is over – but not The Big Box! This week we’ll be meeting one of patriarchy’s more obscure proponents, William Einwechter (though readers who’ve brushed up on their Reconstructionism will probably recognize his name – he’s rather infamous in certain circles for his remarks about stoning rebellious teenagers).[1][2] According to the brief bio on the back of the case, he serves as pastor of Immanuel Free Reformed Church in Pennsylvania and vice president of the National Reform Association. Continue reading