Category: Marriage

On Paige Patterson’s Missing Link

By Brian Mesimer Paige Patterson’s comments on handing abuse in a Christian relationship are concerning. Spoken at a conference in 2000, they were recently rediscovered by Jonathan Merritt in a Washington Post expose. For clarity’s sake, I will reproduce the...

/ May 9, 2018

“Avoidance Is Not Purity”: An Ode on the Pence Rule

By Eric Hutchinson “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”–King Solomon

/ May 7, 2018

On the Pence Rule

In Hannah Coulter Wendell Berry tells the sad and predictable story of the divorce of Marcus and Margaret Settlemeyer. The two marry after finishing school at the University of Kentucky and quickly move to Louisville to get work as teachers, both...

/ May 3, 2018

If Anything Is Pro-Life, Nothing Is

“This is a pro-life issue.” By now you have probably heard this sentiment expressed about any number of issues that are not immediately related to abortion. Food stamps, taxes, healthcare—even immigration!—are designated as “pro-life” causes because they may in some...

/ January 4, 2018
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I Am iPhone: How Our Tech Endangers Our Relationships

We’re pleased to publish this guest post from Brian Mesimer. Certain family therapy theorists maintain that when you are working with a couple, there are always three people in the room to consider: the man, the woman, and the relationship itself....

/ March 17, 2017

What Will it Take for Presidential Candidates to Defend Marriage?

Today I am pleased to feature this essay from first-time Mere O contributor Josiah Peterson. The legal status of marriage was a hot button issue in the 2012 election cycle. Where has it gone in 2016?

/ November 3, 2016
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Gender, Home Economies, and the Church, Ctd.

There are three separate strands I want to pick up from yesterday’s post. Being Fair to the Complementarians First, I asked in the post that people would correct me if I was misrepresenting CBMW. Shane Anderson on Twitter obliged by...

/ July 15, 2016
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The Evangelical Gender Crack-Up

Though it (rightly) hasn’t been discussed as much as the actual trinitarian issues themselves, the current trinitarian debate does suggest some interesting things about how evangelicals are beginning to approach questions of gender. The consensus that has existed amongst most conservative...

/ July 14, 2016

“Trials are Precious”

Going to interrupt our Trump coverage for a moment to share this video. On December 8, my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a drug complication to treat some blood clots in his lungs. He had emergency brain...

/ May 6, 2016
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What Does Cooking Mean for Singles if “Sex Begins in the Kitchen”?

Contrary to the imagination of the average teenage evangelical, a good marriage consists of more than just sex. A husband and wife create a life together and a home economy out of the entirety of their lives. Their sexual natures...

/ April 11, 2016