Category: Marriage

Rob Bell and Oprah aside, marriage wasn’t designed to solve loneliness

In a recent appearance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday to promote his latest book, The Zimzum of Love,  Rob Bell made remarks on marriage that are causing consternation among some and receiving applause from others. In the interview, the Pastor Emeritus of Mars Hill Bible Church expressed his sentiments that the church is “moments away” from affirming same-sex marriage, following the broader…  [more]

“Missed connections” and a love worth pursuing

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we find ourselves in a season of American life with competing paradigms of romantic love. From films, music and even the card aisle of your local pharmacy, February is always a month dedicated to the exploration of one of our most mysterious of virtues. In the spirit of exploration, I want to present two tales, which represent two vastly different views of love in the modern…  [more]

Janay Rice on mistakes and/or sin

If it is a mistake to forget your wife’s birthday, what might we call it if you punch her and drag her from an elevator unconscious? Is this, too, a mistake? This is the question raised by an interview given by Janay Rice following news that the NFL has reinstated her husband, Ray Rice, to play football once again. And it is a question that should be raised by each of us as we watch to see how team owners and…  [more]

Parenting is not a covenantal relationship. Marriage is.

I don’t know if it was the provocative title - “How American parenting is killing the American marriage” - or the actual content, but something about a recent Quartz article caused 47 of my friends to share it on Facebook. Maybe it was the opening sentence: “Sometime between when we were children and when we had children of our own, parenthood became a religion in America.” While the…  [more]

Scandal, #WhyIStayed and standing against abuse

Scandal is back on ABC this fall, further detailing the illicit relationship between public-relations guru Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and married President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Watching the first few episodes, it strikes me that the show could play a helpful role in our current national conversation about abusive relationships. Scandal follows Olivia and her team of PR…  [more]

Cohabitation, ‘conscious uncoupling’ and Christian marriage

A recent study has shed new light on the issue of cohabitation, suggesting it’s no longer a predictor of divorce. Meanwhile, after 10 years of marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have announced their decision to “consciously uncouple.” What are we to make of these news items in light of a Christian understanding of marriage? Past research has shown that living together before marriage is…  [more]

What the Sister Wives ruling should have us asking about polygamy

Last December, a federal judge in Utah ruled that some state laws regulating living arrangements violate the Due Process and First Amendment clauses of the United States Constitution. This case caused conservatives to reiterate their ongoing concern that once same-sex marriage became legal, the barrier against polygamy would be the next to fall. While the Utah decision focused on how laws are enforced and not on…  [more]

Even more hot, steamy Christian sex

Well, we resisted a follow-up to our last “hot, steamy Christian sex” post for nearly five years, which I think shows amazing restraint. And anyway, don’t blame us this time. Blame Jay Z and Beyonce. Back in 2007, before Think Christian was even a project of current owner ReFrame Media, the site ran a brief post about sex-celebrating pastor Joe Beam entitled “Hot, steamy Christian sex.”…  [more]

Why your friends’ marriage is your business

A recent Pew study notes that divorce is contagious. The research team “found that study participants were 75% more likely to become divorced if a friend is divorced and 33% more likely to end their marriage if a friend of a friend is divorced.” Further, the article notes the obvious cause and effect: if my friends’ marriages are strong and stable, mine is more likely to be as well. Marriages…  [more]

Four views on James Brownson’s Bible Gender Sexuality

One of the more recent voices in the church’s debate over same-sex relationships is James V. Brownson’s Bible Gender Sexuality. The book argues that an exegesis of the undergirding “moral logic” of Scripture concerning prohibitions against same-sex eroticism reveals that such prohibitions should not apply to long-term, committed, same-sex relationships as we understand them today.…  [more]

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