Southern Reformed Smoker
Vogues of Virtues
Editors Note: This post was contributed to by D.W. Syme.
I can recall the time in churches when Maranatha! music was all the rage. Everyone was wanting to put on their own God With Us contada. And now I doubt anyone even knows what I write of. Judgement Houses were also huge in the mid nineties. A sort of Christian house of horror with an invitation at the end so you would not go the hell you just took a walking tour of. Humans are prone to fads, fashions, and vogues. Musical, theological, ecclesiastical, you name it the western church has given it the old college try. As well individual Christians are susceptible to trends. It is usually the elevation of some specific pet virtues over all others. For example David Platt and Tim Keller and the emphasis to live in cities for incarnation ministry. Or legalism where the refusal to partake in lawful but easily abusable gifts of God was iron clad. Today we have our own vogues of virtues, and as in previous cases the elevation of some over others has created a lopsided and unhealthy church body. Rather than poke at the over inflated virtues, I would like to look at the neglected ones. Perhaps to bring them up alongside in the hope of properly ballasting the ship.
I do most of my writing at Hammer and Ale, which is a wonderful taproom that I love dearly. I try to arrive as early as work lets me off so that I can settle in at “my table.” It’s in the corner has the best view, is an appropriate height for my small frame, and no vent directly blows on it. In the era of rona lockdowns the owners let me hide behind stacked bar stools at it. I launched this blog from that table, and I do 90% of my writing there. Unfortunately it is frequently stolen from me.
C. M. Haire, General Editor has been working in ministry proper for over 20 years. If you push him he’ll tell you since age 13 and is now 35 so you can do the math. He currently serves as a children’s minister in Memphis, TN. Which is Adrian Rogers country where it is still understood that you can’t be a Calvinist, or a smoker and be in ministry. To add that he also enjoys a regular dram would put his job and salvation into question. Nonetheless he is pleased to edit and contribute here.
T. L. Sterly is, she writes, she enjoys being mean to the general editor. Her name is withheld for no good reason but out of a deep devotion to Lemony Snickett. Also she is married and has one very fat cat. She is writing here under duress.
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