“The First Thing on Your Second Wedding Day” Revelation 19:6-9 May 28, 2017 Weddings were always exciting in our home. So many things made weddings attractive and desirable: the wedding dress, the bridesmaid’s dresses, the flowers, the music, the food and friends after the wedding, the music and dancing, and (most of all?) the cake! […]Read More Sermon: The First Thing on Your Second Wedding Day
“The First Thing in Your Marriage” Selected Scriptures May 21, 2017 I’ve been thinking about marriage quite a bit lately. I’ve been thinking about marriage because I’ve been working on my notes for the trip to Russia to teach biblical counseling, where I will be teaching several times on various aspects of marriage. And I’ve […]Read More Sermon: The First Thing in Your Marriage
“A Stunning Scale of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Dessert.” Then read Genesis 1 and Psalm 8. I’ve not seen the movie, “The Risen,” but here is a review that appears to be quite helpful. Samuel James posted “Some Thoughts on Christians, Movies, and Nudity.” And then some more thoughts. These are helpful and […]Read More Grab bag
Joe Carter asks if there’s even any actual demand for same-sex marriage. David Murray offers a dozen suggestions to stave of Bible reading that’s become boring. I have regularly used a number of these for many years. It’s a very helpful list. I always like to read about what others are reading. Here is a […]Read More Grab bag
A skeptic once commented, “in any marriage more than 10 minutes old there are grounds for divorce.” Now that isn’t literally true. Yet we understand the impetus behind a comment like that; when we comprehend the nature of indwelling sin and the pervasive temptation to sin most frequently against those to whom we are most […]Read More Seven reasons to be reconciled in your marriage
From John MacArthur: The highest court in the land has passed its judgment. The headlines proclaim that a slim majority of Supreme Court justices considers freedom of sexual orientation a right for all Americans. This exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already […]Read More An Open Letter from John MacArthur
The ruling by the Supreme Court last week about same sex marriage has produced much conversation both in the secular press and among believers. Because of the variety of viewpoints, you may be confused about all the things you should be thinking about in relation to that ruling. So below are a list of a […]Read More What should we think about the Supreme Court ruling?
With the discussion of transgender issues and gender reassignment surgeries increasing, we do well to be informed on those topics. So consider JBMW‘s article, “What is Gender Reassignment Surgery? A Medical Assessment.” Kevin DeYoung tells us why we ought to give, “Three Cheers for Bill and Hillary Clinton” — at least the Clintons from a […]Read More Grab bag
I haven’t read this book (obviously), but like many of you, I’ve known of this story. This looks to be a very encouraging and helpful book. “Eight Twenty Eight” holds a wealth of meaning for Ian and Larissa Murphy. Ian’s father, who died of brain cancer, was born on August 28. Romans 8:28 is the […]Read More Ian & Larissa: Eight Twenty Eight
Scripture makes very clear what a husband’s responsibility to his wife is: “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in […]Read More How a husband loves his wife
Jay Adams, Solving Marriage Problems: The pressures of marriage…have a way of bringing out defects. You can’t place two sinners — even redeemed ones — under the same roof, at close range, day after day without such pressures. And they are often great enough to expose problems not previously apparent. Although a young couple may […]Read More Benefits of marital problems
David Murray: The main question most people ask in marriage relationships today is, “What can I get out of it?” Especially, “What sex can I get out of it?” And when the investment of time, money, emotion, and sexual energy does not pay off as expected? Separation. And the search for a better return from […]Read More The goal of marital counseling (and marriage)
From Desiring God: It’s been one year since we released this video, very simply titled: “The Story of Ian and Larissa.” The response was (and continues to be) stunning — over 1.5 million plays online from viewers around the world. But such impressive numbers only faintly echo the measure of grace in the lives of […]Read More Ian and Larissa: One Year Later
The new issue of The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is now available online. Articles can be read and downloaded for free. Articles that appeared particularly interesting to me were “The Problem of Pornography: Why It’s Wrong and How to Help” by Heath Lambert and “Marriage in the Cosmic Plan of God” by Tony […]Read More New issue of Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting articles that indicate moral dilemmas and debates in our culture. The spectrum of articles I’ve seen is broad. In January, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision was marked. Those on either side of the debate are seemingly becoming more entrenched in their positions. The […]Read More Who decides?