Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Divorce, Remarriage and the Insights of Deep Ecumenism

One of the enduring problems that all churches face is how to deal with the moral and ecclesial questions related to divorce and remarriage. The most obvious difficulties have ensued in the Catholic Church due to its interpretation of Matthew … Continue reading

Posted in Marriage & Family, Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Church, The Future | 12 Comments/Likes

He Who Finds a Wife Obtains Favor From the Lord

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22). Forty-three years ago, on this day, I “found” a wife. My bride, Anita Ruth Siml, became Mrs. John Armstrong, my beloved companion and … Continue reading

Posted in Love, Marriage & Family, Personal | 101 Comments/Likes

“Crips and Bloods: Made in America” – A Disturbing Film That Needs to Be Seen

The first image that you see, in the opening scenes of Stacy Peralta’s powerful documentary, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America,” is the central Los Angeles skyline turned upside down. I was enraptured with this image and thus was immediately … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Death, Marriage & Family, Poverty, Race and Racism | 1 Comment/Like

Sex in the Modern City: The Consequences of Our Cultural Patterns

Sex is the lifeline of all human life on this planet. Virtually all forms of animal life mate in one form or another. This is how they procreate their species. For most species the ability to share the physical act … Continue reading

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Sex: Understanding the Two Great Fallacies That Harm Marriage

The current debate about marriage, same-sex marriage, and the relationship of both to orthodox Christian teaching, all seems to finally come down to sex itself. I am convinced, however, that if we draw this conclusion it is incredibly flawed. I … Continue reading

Posted in Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family, The Church, The Future | 9 Comments/Likes

Human Sexuality and Holy Marriage

I concluded in yesterday’s post that marriage is in deep trouble as a social institution in Western culture. After centuries of development, and developing legal support, the institution is now falling apart in a little more than one generation. This … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Friendship, Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family | 13 Comments/Likes

Why the Institution of Marriage is Failing and What We Can Do About It

Marriage is in a very sad state in modern secular culture. I am not, in stating it this way, specifically responding to the same-sex marriage debate that I addressed last week. I am referring to marriage as a social and … Continue reading

Posted in Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Love, Marriage & Family, Personal, Sexuality, The Church | 14 Comments/Likes

Romance, Human Bliss and the Changing Place of Marriage in Our Culture

In the introduction to his classic book, Orthodoxy, the famous G. K. Chesterton says that he wished “to set forth my faith as particularly answering this double spiritual need, the need for that mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Homosexuality, Marriage & Family, Psychology, The Church, The Future | 3 Comments/Likes

Same-Sex Marriage: Some Final Thoughts for the Week

In my final blog response to the recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage I conclude with several reflections on matters that I feel far more comfortable writing about since I am neither a legal expert nor a professional ethicist. … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family, Personal, Politics, The Church, The Future | 26 Comments/Likes

Same Sex Marriage: Recovering Holy Matrimony While Welcoming and Loving All People

I argued yesterday that the new social and legal reality of same-sex marriage is not a passing fad that will just go away because we invest a lot of money and effort into strategies to stop it. This train has … Continue reading

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