Naked and Unashamed (Carson)

Here's D. A. Carson's worthwhile devotional on Genesis 2 from volume one of For the Love of God. What a strange way, we might think, to end this account of Creation: “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Gen. 2:25). Hollywood would love it: what an excuse for sexual… Continue reading Naked and Unashamed (Carson)

Bitterness: A Hindrance to Intimacy in Marriage (Ricucci)

When it comes to marriage, there are many things that get in the way of good intimacy between husband and wife. One could make a long list! It's a big topic for sure. Speaking of this topic, one helpful resource is a section of Love that Lasts by Gary and Betsy Ricucci. Chapters seven and… Continue reading Bitterness: A Hindrance to Intimacy in Marriage (Ricucci)

When Your Spouse Behaves Badly… (Vernick)

It probably goes without saying that marriages often have rocky patches in them. Husbands and wives are both sinful people and we live in a fallen world with other sinful people, so in this life there is no such thing as a perfect marriage. Even the best marriages have times of conflict and discord. This… Continue reading When Your Spouse Behaves Badly… (Vernick)

The Duties in Marriage (Vincent)

 (This is a repost from September 2012) In Thomas Vincent’s discussion of the Westminster Shorter Catechism he explains and applies the fifth commandment to husbands and wives in their duties to one another.  I’ve abbreviated and edited it slightly.  As you read, remember that solid Christian doctrine leads to solid Christian living: the two go hand… Continue reading The Duties in Marriage (Vincent)

The Mentality of an Abuser

Many of us know people that are manipulative, abusive, and unstable yet put on a good façade and trick many people (even in the church).  Good questions arise: what is the mentality of an abusive person?  How can we spot him?  What type of thinking, speaking, and acting do abusers display?  Jeff Crippen and Anna… Continue reading The Mentality of an Abuser