BEYOND Traditional Marriage: A New Program

Another Look: BEYOND Traditional Here is another look at a proposed program for strengthening marriages that we suggested a few years ago. We don’t just promote traditional marriage, we recommend going BEYOND traditional marriage and taking up these tried and true practices that are fully Biblical™ and forever enshrined for us in the pages ofContinue reading “BEYOND Traditional Marriage: A New Program”

Freedom from the family for the family

There’s a nice article at Christianity Today challenging the prevalent, ongoing “focus on the family” mentality of the American church. In it, Rebecca McLaughlin gives five reasons “Why I Don’t Sit with My Husband at Church” on Sunday mornings. There’s one big reason: McLaughlin believes that congregations must be more open to showing hospitality toContinue reading “Freedom from the family for the family”

Stuck with their noses in the text

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” • Matthew 9:13 • • • In her book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse, Ruth Tucker references a prominent preacher who promotes the “complementarian” view of gender roles and who gives unrealistic advice in anContinue reading “Stuck with their noses in the text”

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie,Continue reading “Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story”

Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice

In his book, Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith, Walter Wangerin writes about the way he and his wife Thanne fought throughout their marriage. Their bouts would follow a pattern. He talked. She was silent. Then she would cry. He would sigh to signal that he had troubles too, and would ask her what was theContinue reading “Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice”

Luther’s surprisingly “modern” view of marriage

At home I have good wine and beer and a good wife, or, shall I say, lord. • Martin Luther • • • This past weekend, we celebrated my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I’ve been thinking a lot about the vocation of marriage and family lately. One of Martin Luther’s greatest contributions was his emphasisContinue reading “Luther’s surprisingly “modern” view of marriage”

Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln”

Note from CM: This post was originally written in 2011. Recently, I’ve been following a sermon series that has been going on in a church with which I’m familiar. They are dealing with some of the passages mentioned in this post in typical conservative evangelical fashion. The fact that I put it that way willContinue reading “Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln””

Natural Law and Sexual Morality

Any sexual act other than one man and one woman engaging in the type of intercourse inherently capable of procreation is an unnatural sexual act. • Ronald L. Conte Jr. “May the Marriage Bed Be Immaculate” • • • In light of the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage, a decision that has its CatholicContinue reading “Natural Law and Sexual Morality”

ECT on “Reclaiming Marriage”

 • • • UPDATE: In light of Eeyore’s insightful comment, I have added another point to my remarks. First Things has published a statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) called The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage. Catholic and Evangelical members of ECT are listed after the article, and then there is a listContinue reading “ECT on “Reclaiming Marriage””