How Much Should “Connection” Factor Into Getting Married?

This is a tough question. It’s especially tough because many of us have been trained by our culture–romance novels, movies, songs–to think of “connection” as a mystical force. It’s unstoppable. It’s uncontainable. You either have it or you don’t. I just wrote a piece for Boundless called “Irresistible Taste: The 5 Points of Attraction.” In this [Read More...]

3 Things That Marriage Accomplishes

One of the strongest challenges in creating a marriage-friendly culture today is overcoming myths that crop up around it. Because marriage is a huge deal, people alternately get scared of it, attack it, or avoid it. To counter the misconceptions, I  just wrote a piece for Boundless entitled “What Is Marriage Really Like?” that addresses, um, what [Read More...]

Partnership with CBMW: What Will Donating Actually Produce?

If you support the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, what will you actually be supporting? What are we planning to tackle in days ahead? Here are a few projects we’re excited about. 1. Create major equipping project on Marriage and Homosexuality 2. Produce resource on fathers, mothers, and gender distinctions 3. Host major scholarly [Read More...]

Official CBMW Statement on the DOMA Decision: How Should the Church Respond?

Official Statement by Owen Strachan Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (CBMW) RE: DOMA and Prop 8 decisions June 26, 2013 *************** Today, the Supreme Court of the United States of America released two rulings on the matter of marriage. The first related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the second to [Read More...]

Should Christian Men Call Their Wives “Smokin’ Hot”?

I just wrote my first piece for the CBMW Men’s blog, Manual (see the brand-new Twitter feed here). It’s an interaction with the fairly common practice among younger evangelical men of saying that their wives are “hot” or, if you’re really going all out, “smoking hot.” Below is an excerpt. I try to pull out the [Read More...]

Introducing Marriage Generation

Have you heard of the just-launched pro-marriage initiative called Marriage Generation? A group of friends just launched it: Chris Marlink , Eric Teetsel, Andrew Walker, and yours very truly. Just this past week we met in Washington, D. C. to strategize about its promotion. While in town, I also attended the Marriage March, which went [Read More...]

Do Something Really Hedonistic & Wild: Get Married Young

Noteworthy piece from Karen Swallow Prior at The Atlantic on the costs of delaying marriage and the case for entering into it while young. Here’s a swatch: Interestingly, in a 2009 report, sociologist Mark Regnerus found that much of the pressure to delay marriage comes from parents who encourage their children to finish their education before marrying. One [Read More...]

Rob Bell, Homosexuality, and the New Cultural Acceptance

So the new thing today is to publicly support same-sex marriage. Hillary Clinton just did; Rob Bell just did. Here’s what Bell was quoted as saying in the Huffington Post: In response to a question regarding same-sex marriage, Bell said, “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a [Read More...]

Are Republicans Going to Outpace Democrats in Supporting Same-Sex Marriage?

Denny Burk just offered a discomfiting commentary on the recent remarks at CPAC by GOP presidential frontrunner Marco Rubio regarding marriage. Here’s what Denny, my eagle-eyed colleague, had this to say: I like Marco Rubio. I really do. But did you see his remarks at CPAC today? If not, you can watch above. There was [Read More...]

How Should We Make the Case for Marriage?

This is not a small question. For evangelicals, the first place we go–and the ultimate source from which we draw–is God’s Word. Scripture is authoritative and normative, not simply for our Sunday gatherings, but for all of life. So our support of marriage–the permanent union between a man and a woman–is grounded in God’s formation [Read More...]


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