Category: Marriage

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]

Holiness or happiness? The challenge of Before Midnight

What if you arrived at middle age to find that your most cherished dream had come true? Or your worst nightmare? Or both at once, like the two main characters in Before Midnight? This is the third in a series of films directed by Richard Linklater and featuring the characters of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Watching Celine and Jesse over…  [more]

Let’s not do away with headship just yet

While Mother’s Day is one of the most attended worship services of the year (with pulpits gushing over motherhood), Father’s Day is one of the least. Can you blame fathers who prefer fishing or golfing over going to church and getting ragged on to step up and be a man, whatever that means? Our culture doesn’t consider men as heads of their families anymore. On television, dads can be pretty…  [more]

Jim Halpert’s model of male headship

The Office is well past its prime, but tonight’s series finale has longtime (and long-suffering) fans like me lamenting the end, even if the end may be a bit overdue. Although the show struggled in the wake of Steve Carell’s departure, this final season has been the best since Carell left the show. One of the main storylines has been the marital struggles of Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna…  [more]

What science gets right - and wrong - about love

In an Atlantic piece provocatively titled “There’s No Such Thing as Everlasting Love (According to Science),” researcher Barbara Fredrickson is cited as suggesting that love is neither a “long-lasting, continually present emotion that sustains a marriage” nor “the yearning and passion that characterizes young love.” Instead, it is what Fredrickson calls a…  [more]

Why Christians shouldn’t be so snooty about marriage contracts

What is marriage? Is it a gift from God that serves as a means of radiating the mystery of His beauty through two people whom He has made one flesh? Or is it a business arrangement between two parties that serves the purpose of organizing a society and creating a family unit to feed the free market’s need for a stable system of consumption? In America, it is both. Right now, we are going through the growing…  [more]

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