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    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 3

    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 3

    In Pt. 2 of this series, I make the following claim:

    "In a healthy marriage, in a functional marriage...you're serving your spouse, your spouse is serving you, and together you're serving God in the way that you serve one another. And we need to be mindful of that."

    And on this point you may be asking yourself, ‘Where is this idea of husbands serving their wives and wives serving their husbands found in the Scriptures?’

    Well, I’m glad you asked, and I shall endeavor to tell you. For starters, consider Ephesians 5:22-33.

    "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

    Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish."

    This isn’t to say that every Christian man loves his wife as perfectly or blamelessly as Christ loved the church anymore than it is to say that the excellent wife described in Proverbs 31:10-31 is every Christian woman.

    But what the aforementioned is talking about is the ideal. This is the target we’re aiming for. Women need love, and men need respect. And since we have these commands, I’m assuming that with God’s help men are capable of loving their wives and women are capable of respecting their husbands. 

    And who wouldn’t want that?


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    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 2

    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 2

    In reading The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, I have especially enjoyed the parts where Grant talks about his relationship with President Lincoln. And within their interactions Grant recounts, I found particularly amusing the fact that Grant pledged to the President – amidst a statement of his general intentions for prosecuting the war against the Confederate armies – that he would endeavor to not annoy the president.

    A little later, however, Grant moves on to trying to execute his plans for defeating the South in battle, and one thing he says he was trying to do with regards to the generals and armies of his enemy is annoying them.

    So also with marriage, our goal ought to be to not unnecessarily annoy our spouse in the prosecution of our battles and wars, but to annoy our Enemy.

    God said it is not good for the man to be alone; so God made a helper suitable for Adam.

    Ideally, marriage is an opportunity for men and women to learn to submit themselves to someone else’s needs and desires on a daily basis, as well as being an opportunity to be loved and served by someone else on a daily basis. And when we do that, we annoy the Devil, that Enemy of both God and our souls.

    Before we get any further into that, though, let’s talk about singleness. In particular, let’s address the elephant in the room in what the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.

    If we are going to have a Biblical attitude and mindset when it comes to marriage, we need also to examine singleness and divorce. And here in what Paul writes to the church at Corinth we have an opportunity to talk about all the above. So let's.


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    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 1

    And This Is Why We Got Married pt. 1

    Someone recently asked me why anyone should bother with marriage. Isn't it more trouble than it's worth, particularly for men in our society?

    The courts are biased against them and in favor of women. The churches also in the way they typically emphasize passages pertaining to the responsibility of men in relationship while also de-emphasizing the responsibilities of women.

    What feminism has wrought is a generation of men in America who are doing the cost-benefit analysis on taking a wife, settling down and raising a family, and concluding that the potential rewards don't justify the risk.

    But here I am as a homeschooling father of seven with an eighth on the way. Lauren and I are coming up on 15-years of marriage in November. And we have a tall order in front of us - to swim upstream against culture on this issue as well as we endeavor to embrace and believe what God says about us and marriage, parenting, and family.

    And as my sons are now becoming teenagers and starting high school, the time has come to earnestly prepare their minds for manhood and, we hope, marriage to lovely young ladies, as well as fathering sons and daughters of their own.

    But first, before we can prepare the hearts and minds of our sons, we have to organize and arrange our own thoughts on these matters. What is good? What is true? And how can we make the case clearly so they understand rightly and orient themselves accordingly?

    Such questions and related others have me thinking now is as good a time as any to begin working on a series of podcast episodes. #AndThisIsWhyWeGotMarried #AndThisIsWhy


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    Putting Away All Bitterness and Anger

    Putting Away All Bitterness and Anger

    Yesterday morning my family stayed home from church. We also stayed home from church the Sunday before that.

    Before you go wondering, let me assure you our reasons for staying home were not anger and bitterness.

    The sky is blue, the grass is green, and Lauren is pregnant. And with pregnancy at this stage also comes nausea and fatigue. So we felt it best to stay home and help her (and the rest of us) rest from the previous week, and rest up for the week ahead.

    But a friend of mine who listens regularly to this podcast reached out to me to express concern with the bitterness I harbor for previous bad experiences with church. And I want to take his concerns and feedback seriously. 

    So in the spirit of thinking through how I'm doing on this front, let's take a look at Ephesians 4:17-32.

    If you too like me have been hurt and betrayed in bad experiences in church, listen in. And hopefully we can all come away with a recalibrated understanding and sentiment on this thing and others besides.


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    Oklahoma!

    Oklahoma!

    For this week's Family Movie Night, we watched another Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical - 'Oklahoma!'

    Having built up all my expectations off The Sound of Music and The King and I, this experience was not those.

    Or at a minimum, Oklahoma! is not The Sound of Music.

    For some idea of what I mean, check out this page for the 1955 version at Common Sense Media.

    With songs like "I Can't Say No," and a traveling peddler telling a certain eligible young bachelorette that she's his "Persian Kitty" because they both have "soft round tails," there is a lot of innuendo and double entendre here.

    Perhaps the 1950's weren't so prim and proper after all.


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    Feminism and The Men's Rights Movement

    Feminism and The Men's Rights Movement

    Dovetailing off recent episodes of this podcast - Episode #116 'Why Men Hate Going to Church' and Episode #130 'Reverse Sexism in American Churches' - I want to talk about the Men's Rights Movement.

    Micah Hershberger sent me two videos this week to mull over. Watch for our forthcoming episode of On The Rocks podcast in which we discuss those further.

    But for this episode, I want to take some time to process and unpack Cassie Jaye's documentary The Red Pill, and also this YouTube summary of what is being called MGTOW - the acronym for "Men Going Their Own Way."

    What should we make of these responses to feminism in our day? And do they perhaps in part explain why fewer young people today are getting married and settling down to raise a family than in previous generations?

    Let us bravely embrace the risk of offending everyone except the Almighty by delving into these matters so we can discern what is good and true, and how men and women can and should live in peace and harmony with one another according to God's Word.


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