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Jul
14

My love won’t find you

My love won’t find you I really wanted (more than you know) a new TV; I really want a usable dining room table; I really want a good, stable job. Did I want my children with the same calculus of consumer desire? I hope the answer is no.
Jul
13

Convention called my bluff

Convention called my bluff You have worked long and diligently for this victory, and I hope it changes your lives for the better. I hope that it draws you closer to the heart of Christ and the fellowship of his church.
Jun
30

Marriage redefined?

Marriage redefined? Yesterday, the bishops voted to implement in church canon law and in trial-run liturgies the situation that obtained in this country before last Friday. That is, there will be a majority of dioceses that perform same-sex marriages, and a minority that will not.
Jun
29

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel

Defining marriage: thoughts from a panel Perhaps the best thing someone said to me afterwards was, "I wish we had been doing this kind of thing for the past 30 years. I think it would have really been good for the church."
Jun
23

Three essays on marriage: Olsen, McCall, Radner

Three essays on marriage: Olsen, McCall, Radner Derek Olsen responds to Fully Alive, Mark McCall writes on "good order," and Ephraim Radner presents questions facing the Episcopal Church.
Jun
8

A response to Haller on marriage

A response to Haller on marriage Tobias Haller misunderstands the philosophical and theological concepts that are being used in the discussion of marriage.
May
27

Augustine, Scripture, marriage, and other conversations

Augustine, Scripture, marriage, and other conversations Zachary Guiliano replies to Fully Alive’s respondents: “They can’t skewer us on one passage of Scripture and one Church Father.” Plus, some more links to other conversations.
May
27

What God has joined together: the sacraments of marriage and baptism

What God has joined together: the sacraments of marriage and baptism Marriage, insofar as parenthood renders it sacramental, finds its ultimate end in the union of Christ and the Church and its penultimate end in "nurturing" children in the faith.
May
21

More commentary on Marriage Task Force

More commentary on Marriage Task Force Critiques of the Marriage Task Force’s proposals are coming in from all quarters.
May
15

Fully Alive responds critically to Marriage Task Force

Fully Alive responds critically to Marriage Task Force The report contains serious historical, methodological, and theological flaws, and we contend that the proposed changes obscure the nature of marriage.
Jan
6

For the joy of marriage

For the joy of marriage When Christian teaching about marriage focuses primarily on the brokenness and hard work of marriage, we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Sep
24

A school of character

Heart-rending details are not the main point of this book. Grace is — both God’s grace for the Murphys and Ian and Larissa’s grace for each other.
Nov
22

Perfect happiness

Marriage is a very good thing, perhaps the best of the things that belong to this world alone, but it not the best of all things. And I think that for the sake of Christian marriages everywhere, facing this truth is actually a tremendous blessing.
Jul
18

A response to Ephraim Radner

Arguing about the rightness of same-sex marriage distracts us from our theological task, and is the least fruitful way to cultivate the virtue of Christian community.

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