Category Archives: Family

How to Fight the “War on Christmas”

*Posted by Winston Hottman At the Baptist Press, Dr. Russell Moore explains how Christians should react to the so-called war on Christmas: That ought not make us angry. It ought to instead give us an opportunity to understand how we look to our neighbors. They see us more in terms of our trivialities than in terms of the depths of meaning of Incarnation and blood atonement and the kingdom of … Continue reading

Marriage and Arranged Love

*Posted by Barry Creamer Worldwide, more than half of marriages are arranged. Some people automatically assume the practice to be a violation of human rightssomething of a barbaric throwback to the cave where the terms swinging and the club were joined together directly rather than with the word at. The good side of arranged marriages is that the divorce rate is extremely low and self-reported happiness (in broad strokes) is … Continue reading

Domestic Violence and the Church

*Posted by Winston Hottman At the 9Marks blog, Jonathan Leeman offers some practical advice for how churches should respond to domestic violence: How should a church respond to the case of a husband abusing his wife, or man his daughter? Decisively and quickly. A church should start by helping to remove a woman from a place where she will be harmed. Elders may choose to assist a woman find different … Continue reading

Was the Early Church Pro-Life?

*Posted by Winston Hottman Citing various testimonies of church fathers, Charles Pope argues that the early churchs teaching against abortion is clear. His list of quotations ranges primarily from the 2nd through the 4th centuries. In doing research for an Our Sunday Visitor column (my regular Q and A column), I found it necessary to comb through some of the early Church sources regarding the teaching against abortion. I thought … Continue reading

The Case for Early Marriage

*Posted by Winston Hottman At Christianity Today, Mark Regnerus makes a case for early marriage. He argues that many of the efforts to reduce high rates of premarital sex among Christian young people have failed because of unbiblical views and attitudes about marriage, among them the idea that marriage needs to wait in most cases: Still, the data from nearly every survey suggest that young Americans want to get married. … Continue reading

Should Christians Use eHarmony?

*Posted by Winston Hottman Tim Challies offers his opinion of online dating services: While the Bible praises marriage and demands that we hold it in honor, it gives very little guidance on how we get from single to married. The Old Testament provides many and varied examples, but the New Testament describes and prescribes nothing. Nothing in the Bible prohibits the use of a dating service or the use of … Continue reading

When Does a Boy Become a Man?

*Posted by Andrew Hebert Al Mohler, President of Southern Seminary, has written a free booklet entitled From Boy to Man: The Marks of Manhood. He says that there are thirteen markers that indicate when a boy has become a man. They are: Spiritual maturity sufficient to lead a wife and children. Personal maturity sufficient to be a responsible husband and father. Economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and … Continue reading

Roses for Another Day

*Posted by Kirk Spencer There are three things which are too wonderful for me, four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the middle of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid. ~Proverb 30:18-19 Love is a many splintered thingromantic love that is. It is not … Continue reading

Conflicts of Purpose

*Posted by guest author Dr. David Henderson. Dr. Hendersonregularlyblogs at What happens when a vacationing family prays for sunshine while a farming family is praying for rain? What about when two charities are vying for the same patron? Or when a young lawyer is torn between staying late at the office to make partner and getting home in time to help his children with their homework? The answer for … Continue reading

Dad’s a Dude

*Posted by Kirk Spencer My oldest son is an accomplished businessman and computer security consultant. And I am exceedingly proud of him. Im not sure exactly when he became a man, but I do remember a particular day when wanting to call me dad, he inadvertently called me dude. At his mistake, our eyes met and smiles crossed our faces. I half expected he would correct himselfbut he didnt. And … Continue reading