Q: My husband and I were in our teens when we got married, and it lasted less than a year. Now several years have gone by and we're seeing each other again. Would it be wrong for us to remarry? Does the Bible say this is wrong?
Q: My husband travels a lot, and last year he finally admitted he had a girlfriend in another city. At first, he said that if I didn't like it I could just leave, but now he's moved out and says he's filing for divorce and then marrying her. Have you ever seen a marriage like ours be saved? I'm an emotional wreck.
Question from a fan on Facebook: Did you and Jim Bob have a really memorable or unique gift from your wedding?
Wow, I had so many wonderful gifts from that special day. There are quite a few that come to mind, but there's one in particular that my family and I really appreciated and use to this day.
My wedding to Jim Bob almost 30 years ago was sweet and simple. We got married in our church where our pastor officiated our ceremony. At the time, our church was still being built so we were meeting in a big gymnasium for services. We actually got married in the hallway of the building -- we had set up folding chairs to use as pews! And we did the exact same thing when we renewed our vows 25 years later.
I wanted to do as much as I could myself as a way to save money and keep the expenses re
Q: My husband struggled with cancer for almost five years, and when he died a few months ago I thought I was prepared for it. But I guess I wasn't, because it's really been painful. I know he's in heaven, but why am I having such a hard time? Is something wrong with me?
Question: Why do some people get their feelings hurt so easily? I deeply love my wife, but I dread going out to social events or even church, because sometimes someone will say something she thinks is directed at her (although it isn't), and she gets upset. How can I help her?
In nine days, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will recite their marriage vows in front of family and friends. As you can tell from the picture, they are looking forward to the day when they will officially become Mr. and Mrs. Derick Dillard.
It really is so exciting for our first daughter to be engaged. Even Jim Bob tears up quite a bit these days. He's so happy for Jill and he really appreciates Derick and who he is. We know Derick is going to make a great husband and, hopefully, father.
But, at the same time, Jim Bob and I are saying to ourselves, "Oh, wow." We're realizing our girl is going to start a home and her own family, and that's a big deal, especially for dad.
In October of last year, I wrote here at Public Discourse about the University of Notre Dame’s unfortunate decision to participate in National Coming Out Day. I noted that, by encouraging celebration of identities rooted in proclivities toward acts that violate the truth of marriage, Notre Dame was failing in its pastoral duties to guide its students in love and in truth. These duties are rooted in its institutional vocation as a Catholic univers
Dear Pastor Rick, When I first fell in love with my husband I was sure, absolutely sure that he was the right person for me. But over the years as we’ve lived together through a lot of messy situations, I’ve seen many sides of my husband that I don’t like. My feelings toward him have turned from respect and attraction to disappointment and sometimes even disgust. I now feel like maybe I married the wrong person. Why do I feel this way and what can I do about it? Something has to change.
The guy sitting across from me is a professing and practicing Christian. He drops by my office unannounced today to talk to me about his new online dating life. Specifically, he wants to talk about the over-willingness of Christian women he has encountered on several of his dates who want to jump right from a very public conversation and vanilla latte at Starbucks to very private whispers and physical exchanges between the sheets back at his place.
At the time we were both in high school, although he went to a different school than me. I was working at the yogurt shop where Jim Bob's mother was the manager and Jim Bob came in and asked me if I would go to the junior/senior banquet with him. He was a year older, so he was graduating that year. My friend that worked with me knew him and said he was a really sweet guy. So I took her word for it -- but I really didn't know who this guy was! Anyway, I agreed.
First came my devotions, flaming with the words of Jesus on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). Second was a New York Timesarticle about the transmission of HIV through lesbian sexual relations. Third came a powerful sermon, from the pastor at the church we've been attending, about Esau from Hebrews 12:12-17.
Q:My fiance and I deeply love each other, but we can't decide where to get married. His family belongs to one denomination and my family belongs to another, and, of course, they each want us to get married in their church. How can we keep everybody happy?
Q:My parents got divorced when I was 8, and it was such a traumatic time for me that I vowed I'd never get divorced myself. But now my marriage looks like it's headed for the rocks. I can't believe this is happening. What did I do wrong?
J. Paul Getty, one of the wealthiest men who ever lived, said, "I would give my entire fortune for one happy marriage." One happy marriage. Is that even possible? Can a man and a woman really fall in love and, as the fairy tales say, live happily ever after?
Question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan on Facebook: How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in your house? Is it just you and Jim Bob or does the whole family celebrate together?
We often celebrate Valentine's Day as a family. It's a really special time with the whole family getting around the table and spending time together. Last year, our older daughter
There are two specific times when people seem to forget about decent internet behavior. First being presidential election season. People whom I generally like literally become monsters and spend hours arguing on one simple status update that reads, "Go Republican!" They are like wild bears during mating season and will stop at nothing until they get what they want.
"What is love?" was the most searched phrase, according to Google, in 2012. Love, the most profound emotion known to human beings, is most often equated with romantic relationships.
While Valentine's Day has its origins in Christianity, the custom of sending cards, flowers
I grew up in a wholesome Christian home and didn't drink or even date. In college, I discovered alcohol and also began questioning my faith. I went a little too far with random guys here and there, but I kept thinking, "I'm not having sex...I wouldn't do this if I wasn't drinking...I'm in college, so it's ok." Then I left the U.S. to study abroad.
Twenty years ago a small group of students in the Nashville area committed themselves to Christ in the pursuit of purity. Little did they know that shortly thereafter there were going to be thousands of additional students join them in what came to be known as the movement of True Love Waits.
My husband and I have been married almost 30 years, and now that our children are grown and out of the house, I have to admit we're bored with each other. We loved each other once, but I guess those days are over. Why should we stay together?
"He explained, 'Very rarely did Jesus ever talk about morality or social issues. He was about the deeper things of the heart. Often people want to talk about behavior modification, and our church isn't about that. ... We're about soul transformation. You start talking about some of the symptomatic stuff, that's not what we're about. We're about talking to people about their heart and the condition of their soul, and some of that stuff out-works itself. But we're not trying to change anybody beca