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The Effect of Kids on Marital Intimacy

If you’ve read much of our site, you could get the feeling that Clara and I are like bunnies, always bumping and grinding at every opportunity. You might think we face [...]

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Defense against Offense – Scripture on Offending Others

For years, I was taught offending other people is sinful, citing verses like Romans 14:21 and 2 Corinthians 6:3. I learned Christians are supposed to be each others' morality police; if the herd says we should or shouldn't do something because they like it or don't, we should obey so we do not sin by offending their sensibilities. [...]

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Gotta Respect the Plumber Butt

It’s interesting to me how some professions seem to include a certainty of partial nudity. I’m not referring to exotic dancers. I mean the less obvious ones. [...]

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ITLAPD – Irreverent Edition

I love this time of year. The summer heat here in Texas begins to dissipate, rain storms roll across the skies, and school takes all the brats — I mean, kids — back out [...]

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Blame the Women

There’s an epidemic in America, and it’s only getting worse. Women are looking far too… different from the rest of us. Look, I was cool with it when they [...]

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Healthy Truth #12 – Pressure

Truth #12 – Pressure can be productive, but stress is a murderer. In Matthew 6:26, Jesus hinted at this truth (NIV): Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to [...]

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Should Christians Wear Bikinis

I recall hearing a story about the grade school daughter of some church leaders who attended a slumber party at a friend’s house. “Bring your swimsuit,” her [...]

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Is Porn Sinful?

As I’ve indicated on many subjects, I’m fairly liberal in my stance on sex in marriage. There are some immovable lines that cannot be crossed such as adultery, [...]

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Scouting for Answers: Girls in Boy Scouts?

BSA has announced they'll start allowing girls in Boy Scouts. As a former scout and parent of a scout, this weekend's campout gave me time to reflect. [...]

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Confronting Boundaries — Part 2

I take a systematic, methodical approach when confronting boundaries (or assessing any potential truth) because it produces reliable results. I've adapted John Wesley's quadrilateral to this task, since my personal boundaries are essentially doctrine or truth applied to me personally. [...]

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Checking Out Grandma

I’m not proud of it, but I’ve checked out my wife’s grandmothers more times than I can count. Now, let me clarify. I’m not saying I’ve lusted [...]

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Goblet with Wine – Song of Songs 7:2

Song of Songs 7:2a KJV: Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: NIV: Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. NASB: Your navel is [...]

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Fragrant Mandrakes

17Song of Songs 7:13a KJV: The mandrakes give a smell NIV: The mandrakes send out their fragrance, NASB: The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; Given what we’ve seen [...]

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Family - the Need for Platonic Intimacy

Family – the Need for Platonic Intimacy

Merriam-Webster lists eight distinct definitions for “family”, and five of the eight relate specifically to people. It’s not a simple concept in denotative [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Calves

The room was redolent with lavender as I dried off her feet. This woman was entrusting me with far more than I’d bargained for, and I was determined she would not [...]

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Confronting Boundaries — Part 1

I recently wrote about my recognition that some boundaries aren’t as universally absolute as some Christians believe. Murder is wrong across the board, but can the same [...]

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Healthy Truth #5 – Lifestyle

Truth #5 – My lifestyle will result in health or unhealth. Paul instructed the church in Rome about the lifestyle they should lead in Romans 12:1a (NIV): Offer your bodies [...]

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Midnight Friskies

We call them midnight friskies, which really sounds like a sexy breakfast cereal. Which is appropriate, I suppose, since it’s also a late night snack of choice… [...]

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Misogyny and Malarkey – Creation

The common tradition often holds the Creation story in Genesis as a historical, scriptural precedent for the built-in superiority of man over woman. That's misogyny and malarkey. Typically, Genesis 3:16 is the go-to verse for substantiation of this idea that men were created superior. [...]

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One Date Changed Everything – Footrub

It was homemade oil. Err — home-mixed. I’d researched online my options and bought the essential oils to mix myself. I used almond oil as a base, which made it [...]

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