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The Meaning of Marriage by Tim & Kathy Keller

posted Sep 7, 2013, 12:18 PM by Fccea Webmaster
Tim Keller, against all odds, planted a conservative Presbyterian Church in the heart of Manhattan in New York City 25 years ago that has thrived and now has planted dozens of other churches as well. Tim is considered one of the foremost spokesmen for evangelical Christianity in the world today.

This is the best book on the theology of marriage that I've seen -- although that is not specifically its intent. In addition to setting out how God views marriage, why it is important to Him and what the implications are for us, the book has excellent application. Keller's wife, Kathy, writes chapter 6 "Embracing Each Other" -- dealing with the roles of marriage. Obviously a good choice as it gives the feminine voice to the subject of headship and submission. Excellent job of dealing with why the complementary role of the wife is elevating rather than debasing. But the best section is probably "The Dance of the Trinity" which effectively demonstrates that the roles in marriage find their ultimate fulfillment in the roles within the Trinity -- and thus demonstrate one more means by which a Christian marriage can reflect the glory of God to the world.

The book takes on the hard subjects as well -- always providing a solid theological framework. What about single people? Homosexuality? Sex in marriage? Perhaps the best thing of all was the openness with which this couple shared their own lives. Excellent book for setting the whole framework for a truly Christian marriage.

Pastor David McNeff