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Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical leaders have united to issue a clarion call in the defense of life, marriage and religious freedom.

The document, entitled The Manhattan Declaration, was drafted by Princeton Law Professor, Robert George, Timothy George, and Chuck Colson, founder of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Lansdowne, Va.).

With great clarity the document presents a synopsis of the cultural battles raging against the faith. It is a great reminder that while we have our differences, all Christians should be united in our struggle against secular fascism.

Leading signatories include Leith Anderson (National Association of Evangelicals), Dr. Mark L. Bailey (Dallas Theological Seminary), Dr. Robert C. Cannada, Jr. (Reformed Theological Seminary) and Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput
(Archbishop of Denver).

I encourage all DRC enthusiasts to read and sign this document. It is a call to defense of Christianity in our time.

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Luther was just plain brilliant. Here’s a follow-up to the post from earlier this week. Lest you think that he was only a comedian, here are some seriously profound words about married life. From Volume 45 of his Works…

Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason (which the pagans followed in trying to be most clever), takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and on top of that care for my wife, provide for her, labour at my trade, take care of this and take care of that, do this and do that, endure this and endure that, and whatever else of bitterness and drudgery married life involves? What, should I make such a prisoner of myself? O you poor, wretched fellow, have you taken a wife? Fie, fie upon such wretchedness and bitterness! It is better to remain free and lead a peaceful. carefree life; I will become a priest or a nun and compel my children to do likewise.”

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, “O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers. or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labour, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight.”

A wife too should regard her duties in the same light, as she suckles the child, rocks and bathes it, and cares for it in other ways; and as she busies herself with other duties and renders help and obedience to her husband. These are truly golden and noble works. . . .

Now you tell me, when a father goes ahead and washes diapers or performs some other mean task for his child, and someone ridicules him as an effeminate fool, though that father is acting in the spirit just described and in Christian faith, my dear fellow you tell me, which of the two is most keenly ridiculing the other? God, with all his angels and creatures, is smiling, not because that father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. Those who sneer at him and see only the task but not the faith are ridiculing God with all his creatures, as the biggest fool on earth. Indeed, they are only ridiculing themselves; with all their cleverness they are nothing but devil’s fools.

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Since I’ll be officiating at a wedding this week, I’ve been doing a little reading on marriage. Martin Luther had some great things to say about marriage, like the following…

If a man can have his wife in bed, he ought not complain about her incessant nagging, for ‘he who wants a fire must endure the smoke.'”

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to use this line during the wedding ceremony. But maybe the groom will read it on this blog.

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