Posts from November 2015

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Happily Ever After – Part 1 of 7

by mcurley

Two Become One Flesh We begin our study of marriage and sexuality by defining what it is which can also help to understand what it isn’t.  To begin at the beginning, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh” […]

Happily Ever After – Part 2

by mcurley

Catechetical Review of the Sixth Commandment- “You shall not commit adultery.” A word study: Porneia-  “fornication, licentiousness”;  comes for porne meaning “prostitute”.  Applies to all sexual activity outside of marriage.  Includes sexual perversity. Moichatai- “adultery”;  sexual sin committed outside of marriage by a married person.  Pre-marital sex implicitly condemned as marriage is presupposed as the […]

Happily Ever After – Part 3

by mcurley

A Lutheran Perspective The Bible begins with a marriage (Gen. 1:28; 2:20-24) and ends the same (Rev. 19:6-10).  Two biblical books, Song of Solomon and Ruth, deal with the topic of husband and wife in large detail.  Three of Ten Commandments deal with protecting the covenant of marriage and family (4th, 6th and 10th).  God […]

Happily Ever After – Part 4

by mcurley

Asunder Jesus said, “What God has put together, let no one put asunder” (Matt. 19:6b).  It is a verse quoted in the marriage rite following the vows and pronouncement.  Marriage, we have learned, is God’s work.  He works creation through it as well as manifests His great love for His creation in the marital union.  […]

Happily Ever After – Part 5

by mcurley

He or She? Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, has brought the issue of gender identity into the minds and conversation of almost all Americans by now.  Is this good or evil?  It’s not that simple to determine in such black and white terms.  Sexuality cannot in all times and every circumstance be scrutinized as a […]

Happily Ever After – Part 6

by mcurley

Same Sex Attraction When discussing the transgender issue (the “T” in LGBT), the Christian finds little to no Biblical texts for clear and direct guidance.  This is not the case with homosexuality (the “L”-lesbian; “G” -gay men and even “B” -bisexual, which involves same sex attraction, too).  Several texts speak to this issue especially as […]

Happily Ever After – Part 7

by mcurley

The Cult of Self There is an idolatry that has corrupted God’s Paradise since Adam and Eve first bit into the forbidden fruit.  It is the cult of self.  Me first.  The essence of sin.  Our culture is at an all time high in this selfish veneration.  Nothing is allowed to stand in the way […]