Weekly Digest: The Making of Man and Woman in Christ
Welcome to my weekly digest for April 1, 2022.
For new subscribers, this contains a roundup of my recent writings and podcasts, as well as links to the best articles from around the web this week. You can control what emails you get from me by visiting your account page.
The Making of Man and Woman in Christ
Originally published in 1980, Man and Woman in Christ (buy at Amazon or read for free online) has never been equalled or surpassed as a treatment of Christianity and gender roles. This week I had a conversation with its author, Stephen B. Clark. Clark is a very interesting fellow. He attended Yale, was very involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement, helped form an intentional community network called Sword of the Spirit, and himself is a Catholic celibate. Our discussion is a great way to learn more about him and the origins of his book. Subscribers can read the transcript.
Many of you helped contribute to the fundraising campaign that put this book back into print and made it available free online. Thank you so much for that.
More Content and Media Mentions
New this week:
Dear Future Husband (Subscriber Only) - A look at the subversive messages in the video of Meghan Trainor’s pop song “Dear Future Husband.” If you missed them, I’ve also taken similar looks at Katy Perry’s “The One Who Got Away,” Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back” and Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.”
My podcast this week is about America’s demographic winter. It’s a look at the new Census estimates for 2021 and what they tell us about our world. Subscribers can read the transcript.
At American Reformer, Ian Huyett reviews David French’s book Divided We Fall.
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Mortification of Sin
Killing the sin in our lives in one of the key tasks of the Christian. By popular acclaim, the best book on this topic from a Protestant perspective is John Owen’s Mortification of Sin. It’s a landmark book, but inaccessible to most people because it’s written in very difficult English from the Elizabethan era.
I fixed this problem by translating and adapting this book into modern English you can actually read. It makes this book accessible to a wide range of people who may previously have found it too difficult.
Just this week a purchaser sent me a nice note about my translation:
Years ago I read John Owens The Mortification of Sin in its original language. Though I am a linguist and quite adept at making sense of the works of Puritan and Elizabethan literature, I still found your book extremely helpful in driving home the points that Owens made while avoiding some of the tedium and repetition. Also, your adaptation seems to bring out the grace of Christ more clearly, without blunting the conviction. Thank you again. I will recommend your translation to my friends and acquaintances.
If you are a Protestant, you’ll want to grab a copy of my translation in paperback, kindle, or epub formats.
Best of the Web
Pew Research: Financial Issues Top the List of Reasons U.S. Adults Live in Multigenerational Homes
Bloomberg: Big US companies add abortion benefits - companies will now pay to fly women out of state to have abortions.
Brad Wilcox tweets some interesting data from a survey of women who identify as feminine.
Twitter user @bog_beef tweeted a very interesting thread of short videos from military men of a generation or two ago.
My positive/neutral/negative world framework is hitting the bigtime. People are starting to make memes out of it.
Love the meme -- its designer nailed it with 'winsome', a perfectly good adjective that's been so misused and degraded that hearing it now gives me shudders.