Preaching Connection: Marriage

Home » Preaching Connections » Marriage

Reading for Preaching

For Better, For Worse: Sober Thoughts on Passionate Promises

“Bad times are often good times in retrospect.” They generate “humor and patience and tolerance and sobriety which long marriages require.” (P. 8) “Children make parents grow up a lot more than parents make children grow up.” (P. 9) “You are to be with your spouse through life. Your child is going to walk away...
Explore

“Can the Government Prevent Divorce?”

John Gottman, a marriage expert, says he can predict with 90% accuracy whether particular couples will make it in marriage, and the four strongest negative indicators (the four horsemen of the apocalypse) are: rolling your eyes while the other person’s talking, being critical, being defensive, and stonewalling. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/10/can-the-government-prevent-divorce/306294/
Explore

Additional content related to Marriage

Mark 10:2-16

Comments, Questions and Observations Even with the inclusion of verses 13-16 in this week’s selection, there’s no getting around the topic of divorce that dominates verses 2-12. No matter whether or not divorce is considered a “state of sin” in your church, there will be people listening who have been impacted by divorce—their own, or…

Explore

Mark 10:2-16

Digging into the Text: Once again, this text is complex; it deals with two quite different issues. The first pertains to the issue of marriage and divorce, the second on the childlike way in which disciples “receive the kingdom.” At first it may seem that they are connected because marriage and children typically go together,…

Explore

Mark 10:2-16

Comments and Observations: “Is it OK to smoke while you are praying?” a man once asked a wise old abbot.  “Oh no,” the abbot replied.  “Prayer must be the whole focus of one’s mind.”  Later another person came up to the abbot and asked “Can a person pray while smoking?” to which the abbot immediately…

Explore