August 4, 2020

Klasie Kraalogies: Love and Marriage – was Frank Sinatra wrong after all?

Love and Marriage – was Frank Sinatra wrong after all? By Klasie Kraalogies A little while ago I was asked a question by Mule, in the context of discussing Matthew Paul Turner’s divorce – and let me quote: I am open to correction on this, especially from David and Klasie, but I think that the […]

BEYOND Traditional Marriage: A New Program

Another Look: BEYOND Traditional Here is another look at a proposed program for strengthening marriages that we suggested a few years ago. We don’t just promote traditional marriage, we recommend going BEYOND traditional marriage and taking up these tried and true practices that are fully Biblical™ and forever enshrined for us in the pages of […]

Klasie Kraalogies: Bound, Chained and Suffering

Bound, Chained and Suffering By Klasie Kraalogies In my last post, I hinted at the painful consequences of purity culture – a disastrous marriage. It is not my intention to air dirty laundry. But some very basic facts will out. These are not the thrust of this post. Marriage is forever. No matter what. Only […]

Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

The gospels according to James and Thomas – an exercise in understanding oral tradition

Let me introduce you to William Robert Bell, my Irish great grandfather.  He died of the what was then called the Spanish Flu that swept the world in 1918, one hundred years ago.  He was 38 at the time.  He was married to Sarah Jane Gordon, and had three children, Ria, Thomas (my Grandfather), and […]

Freedom from the family for the family

There’s a nice article at Christianity Today challenging the prevalent, ongoing “focus on the family” mentality of the American church. In it, Rebecca McLaughlin gives five reasons “Why I Don’t Sit with My Husband at Church” on Sunday mornings. There’s one big reason: McLaughlin believes that congregations must be more open to showing hospitality to […]

Stuck with their noses in the text

Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” • Matthew 9:13 • • • In her book, Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife: My Story of Finding Hope after Domestic Abuse, Ruth Tucker references a prominent preacher who promotes the “complementarian” view of gender roles and who gives unrealistic advice in an […]

Black & White Bible, Black & Blue Wife: Ruth Tucker’s Story

He dwelleth wyth his wyfe according to knowledge, that taketh her as a necessary helper, and not as a bonde servante, or a bonde slave. And yf she be not obedient and healpful unto hym, endeavoureth to beate the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her dutie, […]

Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice

In his book, Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith, Walter Wangerin writes about the way he and his wife Thanne fought throughout their marriage. Their bouts would follow a pattern. He talked. She was silent. Then she would cry. He would sigh to signal that he had troubles too, and would ask her what was the […]

iMonk Classic: Running Wounded

1606  Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealousy, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation. This disorder can manifest itself more or less acutely, and […]