By Ralph Fletcher
Will the genuine Rowan Pohi please stand?
To dispel boredom whereas awaiting 10th grade to start, Bobby and his pals create an imaginary child named Rowan Pohi (that’s IHOP backwards) and practice to the celebrated Whitestone Prep in Rowan’s identify. whilst, unusually, Rowan’s program is accredited, Bobby abruptly reinvents himself as Rowan and embarks on an edgy lifetime of deception within the rarefied international of Whitestone. informed with Ralph Fletcher’s trademark mix of humor and intensity, the tale of Rowan’s upward thrust and fall is a humorous, poignant, and suspenseful riff at the adolescent look for identity.
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30 28 Brown, Body and Society, 55–6. 29 See Col. 3: 18–4: 1, Eph. 5: 22–6: 9, 1 Pet. 2: 18–3: 7, 1 Tim. 2: 8–15, 6: 1–2, and Titus 2: 1–10. 30 See Dunn, ‘The Household Rules in the New Testament’, in Stephen C. ), The Family in Theological Perspective (1996), 48. 31 Why did congregational equality have a bearing on household ordering? Early Christian congregations were often associated with particular households, leading to inevitable overlap and confusion between ecclesial and familial relationships.
How could Christian moral teaching continue to malign this wellspring of the faith by praising a vocation disrupting familial stability? With Christianity emerging as the dominant religion, Christian households took on greater political signiWcance. How was this new prominence to be reconciled with a preference for sexual renunciation? To what extent should Christians be encouraged to abandon ascetic practices for the sake of promoting social stability? The church was also besieged by various heresies, sharing a belief that the human body was evil or polluted, but holding disparate conclusions on whether this suggested sexual abstinence or indulgence.
In short, the patristic literature had failed to explicate a normative relationship between marriage and singleness. 53 The task he undertook was not an easy one. On the one hand, he had to portray the intrinsic worth of marriage in a manner that did not challenge the superiority of sexual continence as set forth in Jesus’ life and ministry, as well as Pauline and patristic teaching. On the other 52 See Ambrose, Concerning Virgins 1. 64. 53 See Augustine, City of God 14, On the Good of Marriage, Of Holy Virginity, Of Continence, and On Marriage and Concupiscence.
Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher