Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Big Doug W. on Effeminate Christianity

Yes, I know, I know, but I've been hanging out over on this blog recently.

Yes. I know.

I find his take of the US primaries fascinating. That's why I've been there.

But while visiting, this little piece came up: Your Worship Services Might Be Effeminate If...

Here's the thing. I read this blog post last week, took on board what he was saying (kinda) and tried to make the current lyric I'm working on less effeminate. It's called While We Wait and it's a song about godliness now while we wait for Jesus' return. I took out the lines I had written about us being God's own possession etc etc. (DW would think them effeminate) and replaced them with battle-type references. Then I went back to the original passages I had been looking at and realised that draft one of my lyric was a whole lot more biblical than draft two.

The church is the bride of Christ. Sometimes it's going to feel feminine.

And I like the Em to C major chord progression.


  1. although. he does say .......

    if the minister were able to wear a kilt in such a way as to terrify sinners with the imagined sound of skirling bagpipes, and the sounds of a small version of Armageddon across the misty moors, and the sermon text were a claymore whistling over their heads, then that kind of man could think about a robe if he wanted

  2. Agree. In the context of the church being the bride of Christ, I don't think all the battle and wrath references are appropriate.
    I've been reading a bit of femina lately too. Had a bit of an issue with some (apparently) normal US terminology that a few others as well as me also thought was offensive in an Australian context. I'm not quite happy with the response we received. Trying to work out if it's worth pressing the point or whether just keeping my head down is the way to go....

  3. Given how much undecidable conflict is generated by matters of taste in congregational music, I thought point 2 (about battle cries emanating from the choir) was unintentionally hilarious. There were a few points I liked: the one about the danger of identifying sin only 'out there' is dead on.

  4. Um, I like Doug, sometimes. But: what is he saying about women in this post? It isn't flattering, is it?

  5. I also like what he has to say.. sometimes, and I think there's some worthy things in that piece, but they're clouded by the attempt at humour, and frankly, to much equation of taste with soundness of doctrine.