What’s missing in our conversation about marriage decline

In all the conversations around the decline of marriage I wonder if we are paying enough attention to the old-fashioned concept of sacraments.Christians have traditionally understood marriage as more than mere contract, more than mutual agreement, more than partnership. The church understands marriage to be a sacrament. That is to say, though not exclusively, a dispensation of God's grace for the transformation of the recipient.The endgame with sacraments is union with God by growing in … [Read more...]

Divorcing Jesus from religion

Divorcing Jesus from Religion

Like all divorces this one is going to be messy.You're the judge, so try sorting this out: The complainant files papers saying she's trapped in a loveless marriage. There's neglect and even some abuse. The complainant wants full custody of the kid and certain rights and privileges to the house and the bank accounts -- none of which would exist if the plaintiff hadn't built them in the first place. This is roughly where we sit as people try to divorce Jesus from religion.The complainant … [Read more...]

The romance of commitment

The romance of commitment

Men are justifiably famous for lacking commitment, enjoying irresponsibility and freedom as long as we can reasonably stretch it, and oftentimes several yards past that.One manifestation of this artful dodge is that marriage ages have gone up and up in recent decades along with the cohabitation stats. … [Read more...]

Marriage and the sacrament of joint checking

Money

Marriage has the power to make you better or worse as a person, and nothing proves the point as quickly as money.You can become the very worst version of yourself while looking over bank statements with your spouse. (Been there.) Disagreements and rifts build over issues like overspending, hidden habits, unequal responsibilities, and overwhelming debt. No surprise that financial discord is at the root of many divorces. But what if a bank statement could make you the best version of yourself, … [Read more...]


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