Desiring God: Gospel Hope for Self-Haters

We all know really godly women who for example in God’s providence either never married or they married where unable to have children. They have always had to go through a process of grappling with that, grappling with identity, grappling with what it means to be a woman. Grappling with how does one find one’s way to the courage, and dignity, and purpose. We’ve all … Continue reading Desiring God: Gospel Hope for Self-Haters

Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church

Alexander Strauch writes, Pursue love… 1 Cor. 14:1 My first encounter with the biblical principles of love started in a negative way during my early years as a born-again Christian. I was surprised when I saw true believers fight, display angry attitudes, and separate from one another. To make matters worse, the conflicts I witnessed weren’t about lofty, eternal theological issues of the gospel, but … Continue reading Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church

Desiring God: Romantic Love is a Wonderful gift and a Terrible God

  The lie says: If you find romantic love, then your life will be safe and fulfilling. So much so that marriage becomes a type of salvation, and romantic love takes on almost redemptive expectations. So what would you say to Christians, either singles or newlyweds, who are in danger of losing awe in God by becoming preoccupied with romantic love? The first thing I … Continue reading Desiring God: Romantic Love is a Wonderful gift and a Terrible God

Chad Ashby: Brothers and Sisters, Unwed Pregnancy Is Not a Sin

There is a glaring hole in our fight against abortion. It is found in our churches among the quiet pre-service whispers as she walks by. It is heard at Sunday dinner as her name bounces back and forth across the table among interjections like, “But she comes from such a good family!” It is seen in the averted eyes and not-so-subtle head wags. “Wait you … Continue reading Chad Ashby: Brothers and Sisters, Unwed Pregnancy Is Not a Sin

A Woman, A Dog, and A Walnut Tree…

By Geoffrey Botkin From Western Conservatory, So goes the centuries-old English proverb about romance and human affection. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, British fantasy-pornographer Erika Mitchell has revived this cruel idea in a major motion picture1. In Mitchell’s narrative, an innocent college girl is deceived, tormented and abused for the apparent sexual gratification of the criminal doing the beating. True to the proverb, the … Continue reading A Woman, A Dog, and A Walnut Tree…

Four Lessons from Solomon’s Song

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j. cliss Compfight CC

In our culture, February means roses, chocolates, and all the traditional symbols of romantic love. After nearly five years of marriage to my wonderful husband, I have enjoyed receiving love letters, holding hands over candlelit dinners, and taking nighttime walks under the stars with my sweetheart. However, I have also learned that there is more to making and maintaining a healthy, thriving relationship than these kinds of romantic gestures. The world (and its businesses) may tout their own ideology regarding love and marriage, but I know of no better place to find true principles and sound wisdom than in the word of God.

While every book of the Bible has taught me something about strengthening my marriage and loving my husband, the Song of Solomon is one book in particular that has offered me a wealth of insight on the love between a man and his wife. My husband and I have read this book together and often talked over the main lessons we have gleaned from this beautiful, inspired poem—insights that have also been confirmed by our own experiences. Since February is traditionally a month in which love and romance are emphasized, I thought I’d share four lessons from Solomon’s song that I’ve found particularly helpful in my own life.  Continue reading “Four Lessons from Solomon’s Song”

Brown: The Essence of Biblical Patriarchy

It seems that the term patriarchy has fallen on hard times. But what is biblical patriarchy? Consider the seventh command, “You shall not commit adultery” (Deut. 5:18). This command initiates a celebration of the wonderful commands of God for marriage. This command takes us into the deepest recesses of the heart of God’s love for men and women. He desires us to mirror His own … Continue reading Brown: The Essence of Biblical Patriarchy

Our Children, Our Neighbors

By Jen Wilkin at The Villiage Church If you asked me the single most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: Children are people. It seems self-evident. Clearly, they have arms, legs, ears, noses and mouths—enough to qualify. But the idea of their personhood goes far beyond possessing a human body. It goes to the core of their being and speaks to … Continue reading Our Children, Our Neighbors

Biblical Love And Discouragement Don’t Mix

Editor’s note: Love is an important topic around here. It is the hatred of womanhood, manhood, family, marriage, children and calling as God defined them that is a foundational to feminism. Today from Ted Tripp, author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, comes this piece of encouragement on how we can preserve biblical love. 

If you pour some oil into a clear measuring cup with water you will find that they don’t mix; the oil remains on top. I this realize this observation hardly qualifies me as scientist of the year! But there is something to be learned from this familiar occurrence.

Biblical love and discouragement are like oil and water. Mix love and discouragement together in a clear glass and you find love (oil) on top and discouragement (water) on the bottom. You can see the line that separates them. Discouragement, though real, does not change our ability or capacity to love. Continue reading “Biblical Love And Discouragement Don’t Mix”