Archive for the 'Marriage' Category

Love, Infatuation, and the Pre-Teen Crush

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Boys will be boys, they say, which is usually an excuse for any sort of foolishness short of downright criminality. It should come as no surprise when a young man begins to notice that young women are different in ways that seem interesting rather than irritating. There’s nothing wrong in that – God created the…
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When You Find That on Your Husband’s Phone

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

It’s the conference season, so we’re all over the place speaking and talking to people. It’s an honor to hear their stories and to be invited into their lives. It’s also heartbreaking, sometimes. We think the hardest part is talking to those whose marriages are in trouble. The grief is palpable. They look broken, injured,…
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Can We Get Your Vote for
My Beloved and My Friend?

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Our book on marriage, My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, is in the running for the Christian Small Publishers “Book of the Year” Award. This award is based on votes from publishers, booksellers, readers – anyone interested in promoting books from independent Christian publishers – and…
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A Question About Fifty Shades of Grey

Friday, February 13th, 2015

This morning a friend asked, “Do you think I should watch Fifty Shades of Grey with my teen and talk about it?”  We’re not as strict on media as some are. We think there’s some value in watching things you don’t agree with and analyzing and discussing them with your teens. Sometimes, though, there’s more…
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Making Biblical Family Life Practical – Is There Such A Thing BIBLICALLY As Men’s Work, Women’s Work?

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Tonight, on Making Biblical Family Life Practical, we’re discussing work! Is There Such A Thing BIBLICALLY As Men’s Work, Women’s Work? Is our view of what we should do colored more by the Bible or the 1950s? What can each member of the family do to keep the wheels turning (or the laundry washing)? Tune in…
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Boys and Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Moms tend to be big fans of Valentine’s Day. We love relationship stuff, chocolate, hearts, and flowers. Boys? Not so much. Chocolate is good, but the rest is kind of gooshy. So what do we do about Valentine’s Day in a houseful of boys? If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know we love…
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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/Dating: 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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Announcing Our New Radio Show – and an iPad Mini Giveaway!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting an hourlong weekly streaming radio show on the new Ultimate Radio Network! Our new show, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, will be the Hal & Melanie you guys know and love — there will be lots of back and forth and humor, but also pointed, principled…
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Real Men and Abortion

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

What does Raising Real Men have to do with abortion? Everything. Years ago we lived in a town with an abortion clinic and often stood outside offering to help the desperate women that came there. Although everyone had a different story, in many respects they boiled down to this: the baby’s father didn’t take responsibility….
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