The prophet Malachi (2:14) reminds us that marriage is a covenant bond. The notion in the modern Western world, by contrast, is that marriage is a "relationship." The gaping chasm between these two views simply cannot be bridged.
In August, 1996, on a trip back from the airport, Rush reminded me of a telling and tragic fact about nineteenth- and twentieth-century Arminian revivalists epitomized by Billy Sunday and D. L. Moody: their children tended to deny the Faith, and in some cases committed their lives to external evil and debauchery.
The goal of any relationship is ministry, not manipulation. We are not to seek to have our own needs met, but rather to meet the needs of others. Yet usually marriages are made because young people think that a certain person will meet their "needs." Instead, we must raise our children to see life as a process of giving up rights, and taking on responsibilities.
Christian parents are naturally concerned about the well-being of their children in regard to the present and the future. An area of particular concern is that each of their children have a happy and successful marriage.
Emily Post's 1922 book on etiquette included the chapter "Chaperons and Other Conventions." The 1937 edition renamed the chapter "The Vanished Chaperon and Other Lost Conventions."
The philosophical heart of the institution of dating is the supposition that one-on-one, male-female relationships are not only healthy, but necessary for the two to get to know each other. What shall we say to this challenge?
The "Christian Courtship Movement" has been receiving a lot of flack these days, not just from non-Christians, but unfortunately from those claiming Christ.
Have you ever wondered why Joseph was going to have to divorce Mary if they weren't married yet? Sounds like a rash way to break up, to me! But the Bible records nothing abnormal about Joseph's approach to his relationship with Mary. This strange account raises several questions about Biblical romance.
They did not care who saw them. Or maybe they did not know anyone else existed in the world. They stood a little too close, facing eye to eye, fingers intertwining fingers. Such into-you-ness can only speak of one thing: love.
By the grace of God, and with gratitude to you, the Urban Nations core program — Teaching English as a Second Language using the Bible as the text — is well established.
Man's lust for autonomy is insatiable. He wants no God who can make a claim on him. In fact, Marcel Duchamp, having redefined art, sought in retirement to create a new language without reference to God, propositional truth, or meaning.