What is in the name?


Why do I claim the title of a knight? Do I have delusions of grandeur in which I am knighted by the Queen of England? No, I do not, and although I admit that it would be neat to be really knighted by a noble, I believe that I am knighted by someone far higher than any King or Queen of England or any other earthly nation. For Jesus Christ’s kingdom is not of this world, and it is by Him that I am knighted to the Order of Truth. I owe my feudal allegiance to Him, and my life is His. I bear His sword, wear His armor, strive in His missions, and bear His insignia.

Ephesians6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places.]
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Emeth Mimetes

The name Emeth was first suggested to me by the character in C.S. Lewis’s book The Last Battle. The young and good Calormen had a beautiful aura about him of eager faithfulness that impressed me. I discovered that the name was Hebrew for ‘truth.’ I was very happy, since I now had a really neat name that I could use that had a really neat meaning. It was not until much much later that I thought to use the name for my alias on this website. Truth is very important. I wanted to always bear in my mind by the token of my alias my goal in starting this website: to proclaim the Truth of God. Not man’s truth created and justified by our fallible corrupted wicked minds, but God’s Truth.

Mimetes means follower, plain and simple. I am not truth, nor do I truly know truth. I simply follow after it and seek it. This second part of my web-name reminds me to be humble and always listen for truth, and to not think that I know everything.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

About Me

What I Am Interested In

I am odd. And strange. And out-of-the-box. I have never been able to find a stereotype that I fit into; I always am something that is just different. That makes me very friendly to people who are also “fringe” people. I may not agree with somebody, but if they are un-stereotypical, then we share something in common, and we like that. It might seem odd, but people who spend their lives trying to not be mainstream love it when they find a stream that goes their way.

I am the oldest of eight. That means that I like big families, and I am interested in anyone who also likes big families. I love reading, and the rest of my family loves reading as well. We do not read anything and everything regardless of the worldview presented, but we do not limit ourselves to specific genres of books either. I love reading theological works, as long as they are right for the most part. I love reading fantasy, as long as the writer is not evolutionary and humanistic in his mindset. I love reading books on economic theory, as long as they are logical and make sense with the Bible and real life, unlike the socialistic sophistry so prevalent today. I love reading well-written biographies of great men. I also love reading the dictionary. I like to cook. I enjoy making new recipes, which is good, since we don’t generally use recipes the way the are given to us. We change them. That brings me to another of my interests: health. My family lives as healthy as we can, given income and time of research. We do not eat dairy (at least not cow’s dairy), sugar (white, refined sugar, and all of its secret twins), white flour (at least as little as possible), or similar processed foods. We avoid man-made chemicals, preservatives and MSGs and such. This all makes cooking quite a fun adventure. We love our food that we make. We wouldn’t think of eating all that other stuff.

What I am doing

I am managing a forum dedicated to discussing the biblical principles of government. That takes up a lot of my time. I am a moderator at the rebelution forum. This gives me a lot of great ministry opportunities to the struggling teens of my generation. I am learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the controversial martial art. The return value from taking the time to learn it is phenomenal, unlike other martial arts which require you to train for years to be even moderately proficient. It is also designed to be practically effective on the street, which is where we would be needing it, not in a ring governed by rules. I am leading a site dedicated to the discussion and improvement of Christian Fantasy Fiction. I am also a freelancing web developer and designer, at your service.

What I want to do

I want to be used by God to create a biblical nation that will shine the light of liberty again to the world for His glory. I want to start a boy’s home for addicted and troubled teens. I want to be a godly father and husband. I want to live to a good old age, and die being missed. I want to be trained at Front Sight.

My Family’s Story

My family has never really, as far back as I can remember, stuck to conventions just for their own sake. We have always tried to seek out whether a certain thing was biblical, and just whether it made sense or not. We always strive to abide by what the Bible says, and that by itself creates some radical differences between ourselves and society. For these reasons, we have always stuck out. My many siblings, my sister’s and my mother’s modest dresses, the way we stuck together, and the way we obeyed our parents have always been a source of wonder to the many people who see us out and about. We stick out like sore thumbs, but I love it. We are shining as lights in the world. The world does not understand us, because we do not hold to its teachings.

I John 4:4-6 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We have all lived the great majority of our lives in one county of Washington State in the pacific northwest. We moved to Texas for about a year, and ever since I have a bad habit of saying “y’all” in my writing. We then moved to county Cork, Ireland in September of 2008. That is where we are now. God has provided marvelously for us, and it truly is a real miracle that we were able to get here at all.

Why did we move to Ireland? Well, it took a long time for God to show us from the Scriptures that it really was His will for us to go. My father prayed, fasted, and did Bible studies for several years, and God finally led him to the conclusion that He wanted us to leave America. It took several more years for him to find out that we should go to Ireland. The studies and conclusions that led him here are very large and involved, but here is the basic gist of it: God judges nations; God judges very severely for the slaughter of innocent blood, i.e. abortion; America is under judgment due to this; Ireland does not allow abortions, it also speaks English and allows homeschooling; we moved to Ireland. This is only very summary, and leaves a lot out. We do not condemn people who do not also leave America for Ireland, far from it. We applaud people who strive to save those in America. But God called my father to bring his family elsewhere. So we went. And we love it here.


61 Responses

  1. Hi Jay,

    I’m afraid your family is not so unique as you think– our family is very, very similar. Actually, it’s kind of scary. πŸ™‚

    We also, as you probably read on the cafe moderator’s forum, have seven children and are homeschooled. I also am not planning on college. My mother, sisters and I also wear modest dresses. We are also very avid readers and I, at least, enjoy writing. And we watch movies from Behemoth.com, too!

    We hold similar views, and we also never seem to fit in. Not that we really want to, though! We often joke about how “weird” we are.

    We are also interested in health, though I must admit we are not doing quite as well as your family is. We are eating less of those things than we used to, though.

    We even have a Josiah!

    It’s too bad you all live in Ireland– We’d probably get along really well. πŸ˜€

    Well, I should probably go. I just read through this and had to say something about how similar our families are!

    -Carissa M.

  2. Hey Jay,
    Theo again. Speaking of big families, we’ve got you beat! amazingly enough, God has blessed us with 10! I’m right in the middle of seven adopted and three biological. I can’t agree more with you on the abortion topic. America is on its way to Hell, and I’m glad God has put us here to witness for him. Oh, I also like, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, Ray Comfort, Mark Cahill, and all the other wackos out there. CYA later!

    In His Steps,

    Ok this is weird; we have a Josiah too.

  3. Greetings, Sir Emeth. I love why you chose your name. πŸ™‚ I’m an avid Narnia fan (of the books) and Emeth is one of my favorite characters. That was a great biography you wrote of yourself; I enjoyed reading it. πŸ™‚ I’ve browsed through some of your posts and I like what I saw. Keep up the good work! God bless! πŸ˜€

  4. Wonderful About Me! Soli Deo Gloria, Sir Emeth Mimetes! (I have 10 siblings, 11 total. I win. :P)

    • Trey,

      Thank you for your comment! I greatly enjoyed your blog, and was highly encouraged by it.

      Are you the oldest in your family? I envy you your ten siblings!

  5. I was born second to oldest but we adopted 8 foreign kids all older than me so I’m the second to youngest (one more biological kid after me). 1 from China, Vietnam and Kazakhstan, and 5 from Russia.

    • Trey,

      I respect you all the more for that. Adoption is an adventure my family has not had the opportunity to partake in. Someday I hope to possibly do so in my own family, if the Lord and my wife agree. πŸ™‚

      I would really like to chat with you some time about your family and our respective views on marriage, this generation, and many other topics. Thank you for accepting me as a chat contact on gmail! Maybe next week we can connect.

  6. Thanks, Sir Emeth. I’ll be over to your Facebook to check it out. πŸ˜€

    Trey: Wow, I envy you too! Our parents wanted 12 kids, but God said they could only have half. πŸ˜€ Still, it’s pretty fun. Our house is always noisy and lively. πŸ˜€

  7. Me too. I just love kids. πŸ™‚ We’d love to adopt, but God hasn’t called us to yet.

    My friend and I are planning on putting up an orphanage one of these days, though. πŸ™‚

    • Starting an orphanage of sorts is also one of my visions. But I want to do it for struggling teens. That is a very hard field, and there are not nearly enough places like that. But more about that later, maybe in a post…

  8. You’re right about that. πŸ™‚ One reason we want to put up an orphanage like that is because these kids don’t experience love (not the REAL kind of love, that is). There are several shelters in the Philippines for people (from infants to senior citizens) who have either been abused or left to their own…but these shelters do not have the love these people need to experience. It’s not even the “home” that they need. That’s why we are burdened to raise the orphanage…maybe one of these days, Lord-willing. πŸ™‚

  9. Hey, Sir Emeth! πŸ˜€ My mom always wanted more kids, too, but she just got me and my little sister. :-\

    I want a big family, too, but we’ll see what God has in mind. πŸ˜€

  10. I would like to point out here that I have 11 siblings 12 total I win!

    I would say Jay, that you are not strange, but most of the world does not know what normal should look like. πŸ˜‰

    Having said that – I don’t do, or necessarily agree with everything you say/do. Nice politically correct disclaimer. πŸ˜›

    • Normalcy is a relative term, and so the abnormality of a person is dependent upon the definition of normality that a person uses. So I consider myself normal when I use my family as the base for ‘normal,’ and abnormal when I use the world. That is how it should be. So I do not know where all we differ, but we should at least both be ‘normal’ Christians! πŸ˜€

    • Very funny, Jay.


    • Thank you. You know, we are normal when compared to each other… πŸ˜‰

    • Haha, yes. That is true. And you know that is not what I was laughing at. πŸ™‚


    • Felicity,

      I would like to point out that while you won with the number of siblings, I win with having the most similarities to to Jay’s family. πŸ˜€



    • Carissa,

      I wasn’t trying to win that one…



  11. Yes, definitions are important. Define a “normal Christian”. πŸ˜‰

  12. Normal Christian: A person who is perpendicular to the plane of Christ

  13. Hello!

    I really like your blog. You do have an interesting family, and you seem very intelligent. Just curious: do you talk the same way you write? I sometimes do and sometimes don’t.

    I often feel like my family sticks out like a sore thumb, too, but I know in my heart that we don’t stick out enough. Even in church we stick out, the one place where we should fit in. My family isn’t quite like yours. We do eat as healthily as we can, which includes no white flour or sugar. We know about dairy not being all that healthy, but we can’t afford goat’s milk products, so we still eat yogurt and cheese made from cow’s milk. I don’t like goat’s milk anyway, though. πŸ™‚ We do eat bad food on special occasions, however, and we happened to have three special occasions in the past week.

    Compared to you all who have commented here, I have a small family (6 people), but some people seem to consider us big. That might be because we tend to stick together and do everything together–you know what I mean–or it might be because there are four girls and no boys in my family. In any case, people like calling us The Neill Clan.

    My sisters and I don’t wear dresses all the time, but we try to dress modestly. Oh yes, and we homeschool. Most of the things that make us different we do (or don’t do) because we’re Christians, but most Christians I know still don’t understand us. Anyway, I’m rambling, but I like meeting people who think the same way I do. πŸ™‚

    P.S. Jay, you said you lived in Texas for a year. Where did you live? I’ve lived in the Houston area my whole life, and although I say y’all all the time, it’s never become a habit in my writing. πŸ™‚

    • Welcome to my blog, Andrea! Thank you for your comment!

      It is good to stick out, but I think the emphasis should be how much we do not stick out from Christ. It is hard, but I think it is best to think of it that way. I talk about it both ways though.

      We rarely eat dairy of any sort, so the cost does not bother us much.

      Small families like yours have their place, just like unmarried people do. πŸ˜‰ But you seem to have the necessary clannishness. πŸ˜€

      I like to meet similar people as well. Of course. πŸ™‚

      We lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I picked up the “y’all” trick from Tennessee. πŸ™‚

      With joy and peace in Christ,
      Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

    • Sorry, I forgot to answer your other question.

      I am not consistent in my verbal articulative habits. I tend to be more slapstick when I am talking face-to-face with someone that I know, and I tend to obfuscate more prolifically when I am writing on the computer. But I do swap back and forth as well. I have found, though, that the more I read the dictionary, the more I speak like I write. πŸ™‚

  14. I feel so abnormal, I don’t even fit in with the “weird homeschoolers”. 😦
    My family only has 5 kids (for now)
    2 biological, 3 adopted.
    We dont wear dress, however we do dress modestly.
    I don’t read the dictionary for fun…
    Oh well, I guess I shall just have to enjoy my uniqueness.

    • Hahaha! That is pretty funny. Enjoying uniqueness is the primary characteristic of the true homeschoolers.

      Reading the dictionary is actually a lot of fun, so you should start enjoying it! Besides, it has tremendous benefits. πŸ˜‰

  15. Hey,
    I happened upon your blog while reading a dear friend’s blog. I hope you don’t mind if I look around. Having just looked at your “about” page and the home page, I am curious and would love to see more of what you have to say.

    I am just starting to dig deeper in my faith and truly think about what I believe- I grew up in a Christian home, but was never given the opportunity to think about it by my parents. So, like I said… I am curious about what you have to say.

    • Danike,

      Thank you for stopping by! I enjoy getting comments. I stopped by your blog and did a little bit of reading, and found your perspectives interesting. Feel free to browse around on here and leave comments about what you think! πŸ™‚

      It is always a good thing to dig deeper into your faith, and I encourage you in that. I like that you are starting from the Bible and are testing the traditions of men. Keep studying and researching! If you have any questions, feel free to ask for clarification.

      With joy and peace in Christ,
      Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

  16. Hello, Jay! Long time, now see. Just as eccentric as I remember you. πŸ˜€ That’s okay, though, I am too. So, how’s Ireland? And this site looks good. You’re going to have to teach me how to make one. I’ll visit your other one soon, but I just don’t have the time right now.

    • Hello Lucas! Glad to hear from you: I was worried. I have been praying for you, man.

      Ireland is great. We love the weather. You should visit sometime. πŸ™‚

      Blogs are pretty easy to create, but hard to maintain and keep up on. You have to post consistently (which I have not been doing a good job of). Have you checked out the Imaginative category? There is a lot there on Ithelak.

    • Ah Ithalak! I rember that! I think I still have some papers somewhere of what I wrote. And thank you for the prayers. I made it home whole and safe about a month ago. I would love to visit Ireland! πŸ˜€ Unfortunately, it must wait until I have aquired adequate funds, and am allowed to leave the country (probation stinks).

    • Right, I understand that. I will still be praying for you.

      Check out Holy Worlds, you will like it. Scott is on there, as are a bunch of other crazy Christian fantasy writers. πŸ™‚

  17. Thank you! And I definitely will.

  18. This has been here a while, but better late than never! πŸ˜€

    Unfortunately, I’m not part of a big family. I’m an only child. There are times I wish I had a big family, and other times I’m glad I don’t. πŸ™‚ Personally, I want to have a lot of kids.

    I’m also homeschooled, and very glad about it. The public school system is so terrible.

    Like your sisters and mother, I also dress modestly, and it’s rare to find me not in a skirt. πŸ™‚

    I’m different, too, and I like it that way.

    And yes, I’m one of the above-mentioned ‘crazy Christian fantasy writers’ πŸ˜€

    • No problem, at least I know people are reading it. πŸ™‚

      Children are a great blessing from God, but they are not the only blessing. We can be grateful for whatever God gives us.

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      Differences are the joy of existence. If we were all the same, there would only need to be one person. And he would be lonely. πŸ™‚

      Welcome to my blog!

  19. Neat! I’m also the oldest of seven, careful about what I take into my body, and a freelance web developer. πŸ™‚

    I really enjoyed reading this- you have excellent insights throughout this site. I’m encouraged and inspired!

    • Glad to meet you! Funny how many oldest-of-sevens there are. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your encouragement!

      What kind of web development do you do?

  20. It’s media content management with a CMS called PHPmotion. http://motionmods.com

    Does your family visit the U.S. very often?

    • Ah yes. I work with wordpress and phpbb3 a lot.

      We moved here from the US about a year and a half ago. If we went to go visit the States, we wouldn’t be able to get back into Ireland.

  21. Wow, that’s interesting… I had no idea that the requirements were so stringent.

    Keep up the work!

  22. Wow, that’s a cool story …
    I’m the fourth of eleven kids -all biological and no multiple births. Believe it or not, my Mom actually didn’t like kids in the beginning … =)

    • That is awesome! I love meeting people from large families (as is evident from previous comments on here, haha).

      Praise God she changed her mind. I am sure she doesn’t want to get rid of any of them now. πŸ˜‰

  23. Hello!
    I’m a Christian who strives to dress modestly. I live in a community where a seminary class is offered in the public high schools for my church. (Yes, I go to a public school.) The seminary building is just next to the school, but is not school property. My church bought it. I go to my seminary class, and it’s 90 minutes, like all the other school classes. I enjoy it so much! It gives me release from the stresses of the world.
    I have decieded to poke around your blog. I have enjoyed what I’ve found–a gentle preaching, with some personal comments as well. I don’t feel like I’m being attacked, which is nice. I feel like your posts give advice to those who need it. Thank you for creating this blog. I look forward to hearing from you in the future!

  24. This is so interesting… I stumbled on your blog from the Rebelution Forums, and discovered I share quite a lot in common with you. xD

    For one thing, we both blog on WordPress… and usually people blog on Blogspot. But what really caught my eye is the fact that we’re both the oldest of 7 children. πŸ˜€

    I’m interested in reading more of your writing. Keep up in the Faith!

    • Yes, Rebs tend to use blogspot for some reason. Even though the official Rebelution blog uses WordPress. πŸ™‚

      Another? Wow… 7 is a common number. Sort of. Haha! πŸ˜€

  25. It is? Now that’s a trivial fact I didn’t know… xD

    It appears so. x)

  26. Hi Jay! I was homeschooled and loved it! not quite as large a family as youre, there were 4 children in ours so altogether theres 6 of us! I love reading. You wont guess what! Biggles books LOL, have you ever read them I started collecting them when I was about 12 and as i got older it became more serious, collecting 1st editions etc i now have over 100 and have about 10 books to go for me to have the whole collection! I like reading Dave Hunts Christian books and have recently been reading What Love Is This? which has been mind blowing and raises some really interesting thoughts! I think 4 children is a nice amount i dont know if i could cope with 7!!! definitely not 11 at that haha! I love children and have always hoped Ill have lots of boys, Mum said i should pray for girls as theyre far easier to bring up apparently! lol. I went to live with a family for a while who had a very weird diet ( they crushed juices of carrots and brocolli and alsorts) and I ended up eating out of a can for the whole 2 months i was there! It was amazing to get back home and have normal home cooking. I think once you are brought up on the food your family cooks its hard to change your diet. My dads family all come from Ireland! i know theres some very random things in this post, but there lol πŸ™‚

  27. Hi Jay,
    I recently discovered your site.We’re a Chrstian family living in Cork, I have 3 adult kids. my son,aged, 25 and his 24 year old wife have 5 children under 6, 3 of their children are a sibling group they have fostered. My next daughter,aged 23,got married in May, she and her husband live with us. My youngest daughter,aged 21, is doing a theology course and lives in Cork with her fellow students. Our foster son lives nearby and visits most days. My 87 year old mother in law lives with us so we have a busy family life. I’m glad you like Cork, may God bless your family.

    • Hello! Great to hear from someone in my corner of the world! πŸ˜€

      We should get together sometime. I will send you an email. Haha.

      Did y’all move to Ireland, or are you native Irish?

  28. Thank you, Sir Emeth! By the time I finished I was close to tears. God bless your godly Dad!
    a fellow pilgrim

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