Lives in sync

Marriage | Despite his blindness, Smokey Nevins and his wife Patty raised a large family and learned to care for each other
by Charissa Koh
Posted 9/23/20, 11:50 pm


Robert “Smokey” Nevins met his future wife at California’s Sacramento State University. Smokey, born blind, needed someone to drive him to a music appreciation class, so he checked the school’s list of assistant readers for, he said, “girls with pretty names.” He decided to call Patricia.

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Illustration by Jeffrey J. Smith

Marriage’s fragile future

Q&A | Changing attitudes, even among young Christians, propel disturbing trends
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 9/10/20, 02:02 pm

Mark Regnerus graduated from Trinity Christian College in 1993 and gained his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina in 2000. He is now a courageous sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Oxford University Press books on sex and marriage with a Biblical base and lively titles like Forbidden Fruit and Cheap Sex

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Serving the church together

Lifestyle | Gary and Lois Taylor find joy in pastoral ministry, but Lois didn’t always see it that way
by Charissa Koh
Posted 7/29/20, 04:57 pm

16th in a series on long marriages

Lois Taylor said she would marry anyone but a pastor.

Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Lois saw her dad working long hours of ministry. She perceived her mother, who was always at home, as isolated and lonely. At church, people expected her mom to do particular ministries just because she was the pastor’s wife. Lois remembered her mom also believed she couldn’t have friends in the church, as that might look like favoritism.

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