Category Archives: Marriage

A New Day: You Shall Go Out in Joy, Part 1

“Do whatever makes you happy.” This is one of the major philosophies people live by these days. It’s Pinterest-philosophy, the kind of Etsy-fied life mantra that we love to paint on pieces of repurposed wood to adorn our homes. I … Continue reading

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Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 4

If we have experienced the grace of God in Christ Jesus, then it is incumbent upon us to be gracious with others, particularly in our speech. Here are some examples of gracious speech: Words of affirmation “I respect you. You … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Creates, Part 1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1 With these words, God sets out to tell the most epic story of all.  The Bible is the story of the God who creates. That’s one of the foundational … Continue reading

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A Covenant and a Contract: Twenty Years of Marriage and Ministry

Twenty years ago, two of the most important events of my life occurred in a span of less than two weeks. On August 14, 1999, I entered into a covenant relationship with my bride, marked by vows of love and … Continue reading

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A Thousand Weeks

Last week I stumbled upon a surprising truth. On a lark, I decided to calculate how long Sunny and I had been married. Of course, I knew we’d been married 19 years, but I wanted to know the exact number … Continue reading

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Marriage with a Mission

Earlier this month, our family traveled to New York City for our summer vacation. We had a great time seeing all the sights. One of our highlights was seeing the city from the top of Rockefeller Center — the “Top … Continue reading

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Seventeen

Seventeen years. In some ways, it doesn’t seem right. Wait, we’ve been married seventeen years? Are we old enough to have been married that long? Then again, I honestly can’t remember what my life was like prior to marrying Sunny. … Continue reading

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Already and Not Yet: Becoming a Husband

I originally wrote this for a friend’s blog last month. Decided to post it here as well. The Kingdom of heaven is like becoming a husband. Allow me to explain. On August 14, 1999, I stood before everyone I know … Continue reading

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Church: Where Seasons Converge

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. — Romans 12:15 As someone who has spent most of the past 20 years working in the local church, this might be my favorite description of the church. We are … Continue reading

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