Will Willimon observes, in Accidental Preacher, that the promises of marriage are future intent, not present activity. They presuppose challenges to faithfulness will come, and that promise will be needed to undergird service when circumstances would otherwise deter us. There’s no such thing as instant friends, which is why the Service of Marriage is in …

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Marriage, contrary to popular thought is not a dream within a dream. It is a mutual commitment by two people to live as one for the the duration of their lives. And if it was easy, why would we need promises to hold ourselves to it? From Chad Bird: That’s why love is not something …

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