Marriage
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Houses divided

Marriage | What happens when an abusing spouse refuses to repent?
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/15/18, 03:48 pm

Ever since I started working on a feature article on domestic abuse, I have been mulling over the topic of repentance: What does it mean? How does it look? In a situation as destructive as spousal abuse, should the abuser refuse to repent, is that grounds for divorce in God’s eyes? 

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Hidden violence

Marriage | Spousal abuse is a widespread sin that many churches ignore at their—and their members’—peril
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/10/18, 11:01 am

On Jan. 27, 2015, T—to protect privacy we are using only an initial—emailed leaders of her nondenominational church in western Washington state: “I’m asking for HELP! I’m desperately asking for help.” She said her husband had abused her with threats, lies, blame-shifting, and manipulation throughout 24 years of their marriage. She felt lost, afraid, broken.

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Better together

Lifestyle | Christian blended families say faith helps steer them through relational problems
by Myrna Brown
Posted 5/10/18, 10:39 am

When people ask Little Rock, Ark., resident Roosevelt Simmons about his five children, few are prepared for his answer. “I have a 20-year-old, a son and a daughter who are both 18. I’ve got a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old.” When a follow-up question about the 18-year-olds comes, he explains they are two months and 10 days apart, but they’re not twins. The startled questioners “don’t know where to go after that,” he says.

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