How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree. I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from our... Read More
Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

Married and in Ministry? If You Have 40 Seconds a Day, This Is for You

My wife, Nancie, and I have been involved in ministry during our entire 23-year marriage. We’ve found that ministry can be a blessing to a marriage, but it can also be a challenge. The blessings of being married and in ministry are indescribable. There are no words to describe seeing, together as a couple, God do what only He can do. But being in ministry also poses unique challenges for married couples. Some of the problems that come from being married and in ministry aren’t hard to see. For... Read More
3 Most Frequent Questions Orange Gets About Marriage Ministry

3 Most Frequent Questions Orange Gets About Marriage Ministry

Call it helping marriages, creating a marriage strategy, or revamping an existing marriage ministry. Church leaders have questions for us about helping marriages. And the questions about marriage ministry are coming from people in every position of the church. In fact, MarriedPeople, the marriage division of Orange, has a running list of the different types of positions who have added helping marriages to their already full ministry plate. These positions include children’s pastors, youth... Read More
3 Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Great for Married Couples in Your Church

3 Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Great for Married Couples in Your Church

Last year, Americans spent approximately $18.2 billion on Valentine’s Day. That’s an average of $136 per person. I don’t know about you but that strikes me as completely absurd. (At least it’s better than Christmas, when the average American spent more than $900 on Christmas gifts.) There is, however, something really great about this borderline mandatory celebration of love called Valentine’s Day. I know all the usual arguments about Valentine’s Day: It’s too commercial. Love should be every... Read More
Married and in Ministry: The Me Mindset

Married and in Ministry: The Me Mindset

When a couple marries, they stand before family and friends and make a BIG promise to one another. While some people write their own vows, most couples promise to love “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or worse, until death do us part.” Yes, we were all naïve when we got married. No, we didn’t fully realize what we were signing up for. But we promised our spouse’s friends and family that they could trust us with their loved one’s lives. We led everyone to believe... Read More