Sharon Mindy

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June 2019

Lifestyle, On the Lighter Side

Traditions that Need to Go Out of Style: Thank You Notes

Thank you notes. Were they foisted upon us by greeting card companies, or is there someone else I should blame? I have nothing against thank you notes themselves, just the social compunction to write them. Most of the time, I still dutifully snail mail my “thank you’s” when somebody gives me a gift. I guess it’s a holdover from my more traditional days. But if this point of etiquette were to join those that have already fallen by the wayside, you won’t hear a  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Love & Respect vs. Logic & Reality, Part 3

In my previous post I discussed the alleged rights and privileges of husbands as per the claims of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs in Love and Respect. I have comparatively much less to say about what wives should expect out of the deal. Eggerichs admits that his book is more about respect than about love, and therefore men stand to gain more from it than women (because men are consistently underrepresented in matrimonial discourse, according to Eggerichs). That said, I do want to give some  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Love & Respect vs. Logic & Reality, Part 2

I have said that in my opinion, Emerson Eggerichs, author of Love and Respect, fails to provide us with a satisfactory definition for either love or respect, and also fails to demonstrate any sort of meaningful relationship or distinction between the two. Hence, his assertion that love is exclusively the need of wives and respect is exclusively the need of husbands is baseless. If you ask me, these discrepancies are more than enough to disqualify his teaching as incoherent and  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Love & Respect vs. Logic & Reality, Part 1

“Men need respect; women need love.” If you’ve darkened the door of almost any evangelical church lately, you’ve probably been blasted with this particularly noxious variety of hot air in sermons, books, Bible studies, seminars, marriage counseling… the propaganda outlets are virtually innumerable. But without a doubt the biggest culprit in the mass swallowing of this tripe is the book Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs. I’ve entitled this  ...

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