Posts in Marriage and Family

Does Porn Really Harm Society? An Interview with Dr. John Foubert

By Sean McDowell Feb. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Dr. John Foubert has been studying pornography and its effects on people for over a decade. I have written and spoken extensively on pornography, so I was eager when Dr. Foubert graciously asked me to endorse his recent book How Pornography Harms. And it did not disappoint. In fact, I would consider an indispensable resource for students, parents, teachers, and pastors to be informed about how pornography is changing the way people think about sex ...

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Doing Ministry Together: Priorities of a Good Family Life

By John Hutchison Feb. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

One of the greatest assets to effective ministry is a positive message coming from the home—specifically a healthy marriage and stable relationships with children. Patterns of dysfunction here can be disastrous. Paul provided for two young pastors, Timothy and Titus, a list of qualifications for church leadership (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9), most of which emphasize character qualities. One notable exception is the more visible factor: “He must manage his own household well . . . for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” (1 Tim. 3:4-5) ...

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Parable of the Trees

By John McKinley Feb. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation

The story that follows is a parable of human experience as essentially relational. People are individuals and vitally connected to others. Everyone lives according to relationships. The overemphasis on our individuality is misleading so that we ignore the ways that other people affect us in beneficial and disabling ways. This parable is an illustration of one sort of benefits and damages through being generated in families ...

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Whatever You Do: Stewardship and the Purpose of Life

By Karin Stetina Jan. 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

What is the purpose of life? How does work fit into the purpose? As a college student I spent many hours contemplating these important questions and many others, such as:

  • Do we have free will or are we predestined?
  • What is the best form of worship- hymns or praise songs?
  • How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Maybe you have asked some of these same burning questions? ...

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How to Love Your Wife When You’re Not With Her: 10 Ways

By Kenneth Berding Jan. 17, 2017 12:00 p.m. Marriage and Family

Is it possible to love your wife when you're not with her?  Here are 10 ways:

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Ode to My Father (Korean) 아버지를 회상 하며

By Daniel Kim Nov. 28, 2016 12:05 p.m. Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

아버지는 78년 전에 한국의 작은 시골마을에서 태어났습니다. 어떻게 다리가 그렇게 되었는지는 모르지만, 아버지는 어렸을 때부터 다리가 매우 아프셨습니다. 나중에 알게 되었지만 아버지에게는 엉덩이 절구관절이 없어 걸을 때마다 허벅지 뼈가 골반을 찔렀습니다. 옛날50년대 한국에서는 이것이 아마 당연한 놀림거림이었을 것입니다. 그래서 아버지는 자라면서 육체적으로 그리고 심리적으로 많이 힘들었을 것입니다.

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An Explanation of Advent Candles

By Dave Talley Nov. 28, 2016 10:10 a.m. Culture, Marriage and Family

Do you like the idea of Advent candles, but you are confused about how to approach this family time? One of the biggest difficulties in our home through the years has been to find an advent candle reading plan that fit our family. We bought many books, searched websites, and listened to the ideas of others. Eventually, I made my own. I think that the following is a compilation of many resources, but it is what we have used to celebrate advent through the years. It is good for young and old alike, and I believe that it crystallizes the advent story.

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