So Much More, p. 75-93 – Part 4: The Botkin Collective

“A&E” refers to Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, authors of So Much More. I chose the abbreviation to save space and time.

I have concluded, after reading chapter 7, that A&E have what can only be deemed an excessive focus on the group at the expense of the individual. To some extent I already knew this, but in this chapter the full ramifications of their view are made all too clear. Continue reading

Sleeping Beauty and the Five Questions, Part 2: Joseph, John and Guinevere (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.

All right, readers – Hester’s finally finished banging her head against her desk. And I hope you’ve finished that cup of coffee, because you wouldn’t want to risk spraying hot beverage out your nose when you see what Vision Forum put on the cover of Sleeping Beauty and the Five Questions. Thankfully whoever designed the cover was kind enough to tell us the name of the painting they used, Edmund Blair Leighton’s The Accolade. Here’s the original. Continue reading

Discovering Life Purpose (TBB)

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What’s the meaning of life? What’s my purpose? What does God want me to do with my life? These seem to be some of the most popular questions in Christianity today. Others have already tried to answer them – most notably Rick Warren in his runaway bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, but also lesser lights such as John Piper (Don’t Waste Your Life). So how does Doug Phillips answer these all-important questions? Continue reading

What’s A Girl to Do? (TBB)

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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

The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husband’s Vision – The Pink Half (TBB)

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This is the second part of my critique of Doug Phillips’ The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husband’s Vision so I recommend this post be read in tandem with last week’s. I’d like to start part two the way I started part one – by exploring the concepts that Phillips sees as central to womanhood and femininity, and how they relate to his “core concepts” for manhood and masculinity (which were “vision” and “mission”). Continue reading

The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husband’s Vision – The Blue Half (TBB)

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Before we start, I’d like to apologize for the delay in publishing this installment of The Big Box. Tax weekend, trips to the other end of the state to pick up my first car, and fixing the sunroof on said car explains most of it, but The Wise Woman’s Guide to Blessing Her Husband’s Vision is also the first two-CD set in my Big Box and so there was double the normal amount of material to sift through. What this all adds up to is that I’ll be splitting The Wise Woman’s Guide in half – the “blue” half this week, dealing with Phillips’ ideas about men, and the “pink” half next week, dealing with his ideas about women. There will, of course, be some overlap, but as you might expect after last week’s lecture, the topics are distinct enough to warrant individual treatment. Continue reading

The Blessed Marriage (TBB)

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Today we’re going to talk about mawage. More specifically, The Bwessed Mawage!

But wait…maybe I’m not taking this seriously enough. Doug Phillips, after all, takes it plenty seriously: Continue reading