How should we respond as marriage becomes deinstitutionalized in our culture? Our contributors articulate a Christian view of marriage and divorce. They also challenge us to live in faithful congregations, where we may be properly formed as husbands and wives in our commitments to each other and God.
David Gushee describes how a marriage needs a covenant that "takes faithless people and coerces them to keep faith." In public debates about marriage, Don Browning urges us to use a "twofold language"--a philosophical language enriched with scriptural narratives and metaphors. Margaret Kim Peterson explains how this most intimate of human relationships is shaped by the cross.
When marriages become hurtful and dysfunctional, Bo Prosser reminds us "inclusion into the family of God brings freedom, healing, and redemption." David Instone-Brewer explains Jesus' and Paul's teachings on divorce and remarriage.
The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to help us articulate and live into a Christian view of marriage. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.