Marriage Part 2: Unforgiven

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In Christianity, one thinks of oneself undeservedly forgiven by God. This fact changes things drastically in marriage, or at least it should. It should make me, a married man, less self-righteous, quicker to forgive. It should keep Sharon and me current on issues of dispute, resolving them and moving on. Not storing them up as leverage to be applied against …

Marriage part 1: Opposites

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Sharon and me, 1982 About six years ago I started a little wedding business on the side. To date I’ve hitched about 30 couples. One of the requirements for my involvement is that couples sit with me for two sessions of pre-marriage counseling. I give them homework and in our discussions we get pretty deep into their relationship and issues. …

Church Drop-outs: Why They Leave the Church, Part 6

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When my daughter Kelli was in middle school she and her friends often choreographed dance routines — some rather elaborate — to their favorite tunes. A few hours of tumbling and thumping on the upstairs floors of our home would eventually lead to a big dance performance, which my wife and I took in eagerly with much applause. It occurred …

Church Drop-outs: Why They Leave the Church, Part 5

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My basic point in this series of posts is that when students grow into their “true selves” in Christ, they are likely to remain steadfast in the faith. But when spiritual engagement and church life feel artificial, boring, obligatory or moralistic, there’s a good chance young people will check out (or just drift away). They will look to discover their …