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Loveology: The Never-Ending Story of Male and Female

Loveology: The Never-Ending Story of Male and Female

We are the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve. We were created “male and female.” We were set up to love. To absorb the love of God into our bloodstream and then to share it with another human being. But we don’t live in a garden anymore. We’re the exact opposite of “naked

X and Y: The Controversy of Gender Roles

I’ve heard it said that Jesus was the first feminist. It’s not a bad line. The way He treated women was millennia ahead of His time. And not just Jesus. Historians think Paul was the first author in human history to argue that men and women were created equal. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor

War, Peace, and Why Marriage Is Really About Jesus

There’s a growing movement inside the church to say that gender roles are a result of the fall. From my vantage point, nothing could be further from the truth. Gender roles are a part of the original Edenic, good creation. But the gender wars? Those are a result of the fall. Absolutely. In Eden, the serpent temped Eve, not

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 4: Family

Genesis 2 ends with, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Two humans, wrapped up in a relationship for life, centered around friendship, gardening, sexuality, and family. It was beautiful. And short-lived. Oh, how I wish Genesis 2 were the end of the story. Life would be so much easier. But there’s no

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 3: Sexuality

The last line in the story is, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Two young, amorous, naked people in a garden. Sounds like reality TV gone bad, but it’s actually the first love story in the Scriptures. They were friends, yes, and they were partners as well, but they were also lovers.

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 2: Gardening

The Purpose of Marriage – Watch the Video God put Adam in the garden to “work it and take care of it.” That was a part of human’s job description. The not-alone God says, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule…” Then God says, “Be fruitful and increase in

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 1: Friendship

After he created Adam, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Why not? Well, because humans are made in God’s image. That means we are called to image God, to mirror and mimic God to the world. But that’s a problem for Adam because God exists in a web of life-giving relationships,

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