FAITH AND FAMILY: The Purpose of Parenting

July 26, 2015
Randy Christian

Expectations of parenting change from culture to culture and through time. Today, many (most?) young people grow up not knowing what healthy parenting looks like. So, what is healthy parenting? What is the purpose of parenting? Does the Bible actually address this, or are we left to figure it out on our own?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Divorce

July 19, 2015
Randy Christian

In the typical congregation in the U.S., half of the adults have been divorced. This affects them, their children, their families—and their churches. Is divorce an inevitable part of marriage today? Is divorce even a bad idea in many marriages? What does the Bible actually say about divorce?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Sex and Marriage

July 12, 2015
Randy Christian

Most people know that Biblically, sex is designed for marriage. And most of them assume that concept is outdated—even unhealthy. As the average age of marriage grows later and later, the acceptance—even expectation—of sexual activity outside of marriage is more and more common. Does the Bible say what people think it does about sex? And is that practical today?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Marriage: Got Skills?

July 5, 2015
Randy Christian

Making a marital commitment is one thing. Fulfilling it is another. There are some aspects of marriage that are more important than others because they allow us to strengthen the entire marriage. Does the Bible give us any guidance on the skills that help us keep our marriage commitment?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Marriage- are there Biblical Roles?

June 28, 2015
Randy Christian

We know that marriage roles are changing in our culture. Are these roles determined by culture? What does the Bible say? Are there specific roles husbands and wives are to fulfill in marriage? 

FAITH AND FAMILY: Marriage and the “C” Word

June 21, 2015
Randy Christian

Despite the rise of cohabitation, marriage hasn’t lost its appeal. But does marriage “work”? Why do so many marriages fail? How can we be sure ours isn’t one of them? What does the Bible say about marriage, and the most important thing we can do to make our marriage strong?

FAITH AND FAMILY: The Family and the Church

June 14, 2015
Randy Christian

The Church and church are made up of smaller family units—it is, in essence, a family of families. That means there should be no families—no husbands, wives, children or parents—who have to do “family” alone! What does the Bible say about the relationship between the church and the family?

FAITH AND FAMILY: Family Strengths

June 07, 2015
Randy Christian

We have all experienced problems in marriages and families. But there is more to “family” than “problems”! What about strong families? Do they exist? And if so, what do they look like? What makes them strong? 

FAITH AND FAMILY: Why the Family?

May 31, 2015
Randy Christian

Despite changes in our culture, the family continues to be more influential on our development and well being than anything else. Is that an accident, or were we created to live in families? What does the Bible say about the creation and purpose of the family?

GETTING IT RIGHT: Living Faith

May 17, 2015
Randy Christian

Paul closes his letter to Titus coaching him on how to live—and how to teach others to live. Getting faith right leads to living that faith, and living that faith leads to teaching others how to live.

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