A Timeless Wedding

One of the highlights of my ministry has been officiating at weddings. Somehow God has always given me and others a blessing; I'm sure most preachers could say the same. Ceremonies run the gamut, from the sublime, to the ridiculous . . . everything from a classic dip to a "lip lock&#

Marriage is a God Idea, Part 1

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh"(Eph. 5:31). That statement comes in the middle of some teaching that the Apostle Paul was giving the Ephesian Christians on the whole subject of marriage and family. You'll notice, however, that the quotation that he gave is incomplete because it starts out by saying, "For this reason"

Living Single In A “Marriage Culture”

Ruth 1:11-22 What was it about life in the Garden of Eden that made it a paradise for those who lived there? How was life in that ancient garden different from life as we know it today? It was, no doubt, a beautiful place in which to live with no slums, no ghettos, no abandoned buildings and no

Frank Talk About Marriage, Sex, Singleness, and Divorce

Eleventh in a series1 Corinthians 7:17-40 For whoever was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed person belonging to the Lord, just as whoever was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of human masters. In whatever condition you were called,

This Matter Of Sex

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 Today we take up the topic of sex, and we do so for a variety of reasons. One is that sex is everywhere, or at least it seems to be. It is at the heart of movies and literature, and is a central feature in just about every sitcom and every commercial. It seems you do not ha

Myths That Can Destroy A Marriage

1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives' tales. Train yourself in godliness . . . It started out one kind of an evening, and it ended up another. Anne and I were out for dinner. It was a pleasant time with a couple who periodically attended St. Andrew's and anot

The Confrontation Caused by a Cushite Wife

One of the most universally celebrated events in human life occurs when two people decide to get married. It is almost a miracle that out of the millions of people who live in this country, and the billions of people who live on the planet Earth that two people can find one another, fall in love...