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Re-blog: Courting Trouble, The Christian Practice of Marrying Off Teen Girls

I saw this today and thought it was really well written. It deserves a wide audience. The article is on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website. It’s entitled Courting Trouble, The controversy over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sheds light on the fundamentalist Christian practice of marrying off teen girls, written by Matt Kwong. An excerpt…

Addendum to My Crazy Vasectomy Story

When I wrote my post called My Crazy Vasectomy Story at the beginning of this year, I never imagined I’d have something interesting to add to it. But I do. My doctor who performed the procedure way back in 1998 was great. In fact, I wish all doctors had the bedside manners and pleasant disposition that…

36 Questions to Love – Happy Valentines Day

In an essay by Mandy Len Catron called “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she explores a study by psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) on whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by a specific list of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are grouped into three sets, with each…

My Crazy Vasectomy Story

After my fourth child was born, I was pretty earnest about making a trip to the doctor for a vasectomy. I love all my kids! But I felt that after number 4, we had our hands full and our financial resources were already strained to the breaking point. My wife was adamant about me NOT…

Coming Out of the Closet

I have a close friend that I’ve known since 1988. We met when I got a job at the same computer store he was working at. Over the course of 25+ years, we have worked together at 4 different employers. What are the odds of that?? We both work in IT and our temperaments and…

Strong Relationships – The 4 Legged Stool Analogy

My last post about Pandora’s Box reminded me of something I’ve held onto regarding healthy marriage relationships. Thirty years ago, a well-liked professor shared his thoughts in a class I took in college about what constituted a truly great relationship. His analogy used a 3-legged stool to represent 3 important qualities or components in a…

Pandora’s Box? Red Pill, Blue Pill?

Nate wrote a post recently called Pandora’s Box on his blog Finding Truth, that truly resonated with me. His post began with, “The other day I started thinking about what would have happened if I had stopped looking critically at Christianity after reading those articles that first made me question the Bible’s legitimacy. What if I had…

Abuse Warning Signs

Several months ago, I wrote briefly about relationship warning signs. It’s sad but true that a significant percentage of relationships have one partner who shows controlling and/or abusive behavior. While a majority of the time, men are the abusive partner, that is not always the case. In the U.K., one-third to one-half of domestic violence cases…