For nearly seven years of marriage, I've lived with a man whose mind and grace have changed my life. Dale's willingness to revisit passages of Scripture that have seemed "so clear" is one of the many things I admire about him.
For the last several months Dale has been laboring over a fresh approach to Ephesians 5, that powerfully used and abused passage on marriage that covers submission, headship, love and respect.
He has begun posting his verse by verse discoveries on his blog (Scroll down to his entries by date, and look up his August posts). I think you will be amazed and delighted to read his ideas. I found them both humbly offered and ground-breaking. Hope you enjoy reading a bit from him.
This is how his multi-part series begins:
The relationships between men and women, husbands and wives, is a deeply needed cultural conversation with great import into apologetics. Not only does the Scripture tell us to give an answer for our faith, but even more often it tells us to live out that answer, even in marriage. How we relate to one another in love is a tall signpost. Today, more than ever, the doors are swung wide to explore this mystery of marriage; it is prudent for anyone who claims to follow Jesus as the Messiah to do so. Ephesians 5 holds the most detailed passage on the relationship between husband and wife in the New Testament. In other passages of Peter and Paul, we find short reminders of marriage using the same language as Ephesians. So we turn to here for the clearest idea of what Paul means. This is not to preclude the many passages that speak to all humans to love, be neighborly, admonish, exhort, and stand firm in the Messiah. The “roles” of marriage evoke a roller-coaster of images and emotion. Everyone has an opinion . . .
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