Category Archives: Marriage

What Does the Office of Deacon and Marriage Have in Common?

Yesterday I experienced an extraordinary joy and a deeply disappointing reality check. Yesterday after attending worship and teaching Sunday School at our church my wife and I hurried off to our son’s church to attend another worship service in which … Continue reading

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Parenting Your Parents: A Growth Opportunity

Dad! Dad! I heard my seven year old son scream. I was intently involved in sermon preparation in my upstairs study. I rushed down stairs and towards the backyard as I heard him yell again, Dad! I leaped off the … Continue reading

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Determined or Responsible?

I recently wrote about King Hezekiah and his second chance when he repented and sought The Lord. I drew an important lesson for marriage partners, namely, confession and forgiveness as a route to restoration in their relationship. My wife read … Continue reading

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Narratives Help People See

I love to paint verbal pictures. Sometimes my pictures take the form of Old Testament narratives. Even people with little Bible knowledge usually have some acquaintance with these stories and often make the application to their situation without me doing … Continue reading

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A Model Marriage Is Like Model Railroading

Once a month on Friday nights I join ten to fifteen men for a guy’s night out. We gather at our friend John’s home. We are not bowling, playing poker or watching football though the later is often part of … Continue reading

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Repairing Breaches in Relationships

In a perfect world breaches in a relationship do not happen. In a perfect marriage breaches in the relationship do not happen. In a perfect home breaches in relationships do not happen. In case you have missed it, we do … Continue reading

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Twenty-five Ways to Blame a Spouse for Failure

Here is something to contemplate. Most of us have used one or more of these excuses at one time or another. But, the marriage gets into trouble when one or more of these excuses become a pattern in the relationship. … Continue reading

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Marriage Research and the Bible

John Gottman* writes about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He is not writing about prophecy. He is borrowing apocalyptic language to speak of four forces that sweep in and bring calamity to a marriage. He names these four horsemen … Continue reading

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The Four Spiritual Flaws And A Few More

As Rush Limbaugh would say sarcasm and parody are lost on those of liberal persuasion. Perhaps this piece is a bit risky. But a bit of comic relief is good for the marriage relationship as well as other relationships. It … Continue reading

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Civility in Marriage Expresses Grace

The last several days have provided an opportunity to be reminded of one of the simple civilities that enhances the marital relationship. The cultural environment in which I grew up was not known for its gentility. Our farming community was … Continue reading

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