" . . . unless the church treats all individuals as image bearers of Christ, we will not be the Body of Christ as the church was intended to be."
Christian Marriage, divorce, domestic violence, abuse, marital counseling, extramarital affairs *** *** My friend, Valerie Jacobsen posted this statement on her Facebook page and I asked permission to share it. I found it powerful, and yet, so contrary to the way marriage is handled in the church - especially when abuse is involved. I'm sick… Continue reading “Taking marriage seriously” – what does that mean for a Christian?
Dr. James Dobson, Love Must Be Tough, Domestic Violence, Spousal Abuse, Church, Jeff Crippen, Mike Sloan, Neil Schori ** Recently, an article was posted at Dr. James Dobson's website and Facebook page. The Facebook post received a lot of push back, and interestingly (but not surprisingly), the article, along with all of the comments, has since… Continue reading Three Pastors Challenge Dr. James Dobson’s Advice on Domestic Violence Which Could Put Victims in Harm’s Way
Do individuals suffer harm when they remain in verbally or emotionally abusive relationships? Cindy Kunsman illustrates the effects through an account of spiritual abuse. By Cindy Kunsman, UnderMuchGrace.com After reading Julie Anne's post questioning whether divorce from an abusive spouse is actually a “sin,” I found myself thinking of the loss of perspective and… Continue reading Loss of Perspective: The Cost of Enduring Abuse
*** David Bayly's ideas on courtship and marriage as a battle and raging war of a man against his virgin bride to be conquered until she surrenders, similar to Doug Wilson *** This men-conquering-women-thang really gets my goat. What is up with that? Ok, thanks to Cindy, I found an old blog post by Bayly… Continue reading David Bayly’s Ideas on Courtship and Marriage as a Battle until His Bride Surrenders
* *** An article at John Piper's Desiring God website promotes "Biblical" roles of husbands and wives in complementarianism, using Olympic pairs figure skating as an example of how the roles work together. *** * *** Over at the Desiring God website, there is a new article, An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives, by… Continue reading Article Uses Olympics Pairs Figure Skating to Promote Roles of Husband and Wife in Complementarianism
* * * Last year, an excerpt of Doug Wilson's book, Fidelity, went viral because of the graphic words chosen to describe the roles of men and women in the sexual union in marriage. In a recent blog post, Wilson attempts to answer more sex-related questions. * * … Continue reading Doug Wilson Shares Sex Advice to Married Couples When Distance Separates Them
* * * "11 Rules of Marriage You Won't Learn in School" an excerpt from Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, Preparing for Marriage Devotions for Couples, is discussed. * * * Familylife.com recently published an article including, 11 Rules of Marriage You Won't Learn in School, which was… Continue reading Rainey’s 11 Rules of Marriage
* * * The other day when we were discussing the terms Complementarianism, Egalitarianism, and Patriarchy to describe how Christian couples view their gender roles within the marriage (What is Difference Between Complementarianism and Patriarchy?), Pastor Ken Garrett must have gotten a bee in his bonnet and wanted to dig a… Continue reading Complementarianism, Egalitarianism, or Mystery
* * * I read this excerpt by Dr. Russell Moore recently. He was asked what to do if someone is in a miserable marriage: Does God want you to be miserable? Long-term, no. And that’s why God has designed marriage as a life-long covenant signaling the gospel of Jesus Christ.… Continue reading Divorce Dilemmas in the Church