My Beloved and My Friend Valentine’s Day Official Release

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We are utterly delighted to announce the official release of our newest book, My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses! When Hal was diagnosed with stage four cancer a few years ago, we were relieved that we’d written Raising Real Men. Even if the Lord took…
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What in the World is Courtship?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Nearly thirty years ago, we had what was in many ways a courting relationship rather than a dating relationship, though we hadn’t come to a conviction that this was the best or the only way to pursue a marriage. For us, it grew rather naturally from a friendship between two people who were rather analytical…
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Courtship: Don’t Shut the Door Too Soon!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Lately, I’ve been noticing a phenomenon among our acquaintances that really concerns me. Single ladies, we don’t often address you on these pages, but this one’s for you. Most of the young adults we know are very intentional about finding a mate in the right way. They are committed to waiting until they are ready…
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Another Piece of the Puzzle?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

We’ve been talking lately about the growing number of late-twenty-somethings we know who would like to be married, but there isn’t even a hint on the horizon. What’s up?  One article we ran across last week thinks the culture is to blame. The author suggests that women just aren’t women any more and men don’t…
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A Good Thing

Friday, November 16th, 2012

When we were working on our workshop on purity for boys, we were surprised at some of the research we found that says that the average age of first (and hopefully only!) marriage has gone up drastically in the last generation. For men, the median age has gone up from 22 or 23 to 28…
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An Open Letter to Parents Considering Divorce

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Here’s a letter I posted in response to a homeschooling mother who told an email list that she was thinking of divorcing her husband because she didn’t love him anymore and they were not getting along at all. I hope if you are thinking of divorcing your mate, that you will read this very carefully…
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For Better or For Worse

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Marriage is supposed to last a lifetime, for better or for worse, but these days, when things get tough, people break up. The sad thing is that it’s the innocent children who really suffer when parents don’t get over their problems. I was reading today a very sweet story about a couple that divorced 48…
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Need a Marriage Pick-Me-Up This Winter?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Tired. Stressed. Harried. Struggling financially. Arrrggghhhh. Those are the most common words on our friends’ Facebook statuses — and they’re mostly Christians. When life becomes this hard, our marriages can take a back seat to survival. We become just coworkers and housemates when we’re supposed to be so much more than that.

Review: “Courageous”

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Not many movies had me in tears in the opening sequence. “Courageous” did. I’m not an “early adopter” of whatever comes down the road–I think I didn’t upgrade to Windows 95 until Windows 98 came out. Movies are a little different, and there may not be many days left in the theater schedule for this…
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The Marriage Vow

Friday, September 16th, 2011

In an age when the divorce rate among Christians differs in no respect from that of unbelievers, to the shame of the church, we seem to have forgotten what a vow is. This weekend I had the privilege of seeing what it means to an older generation to promise “For better or for worse.”

The story of the marriage of my grandparents is not a happily-ever-after one…

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