Holding Marriage in Honor

Marriage is under attack. It always has been attacked – look how quickly the design of marriage is perverted in the historical accounts in the Scriptures – and will continue to be attacked. Some opposition comes in the form of pressure from the world to conform to a pagan plan for marriage, or from the calculated attack of anti-christs who desire to destroy the biblical model, and of course from the evil one who seeks the failure of all that is good. The line of attack is recognizable historically and culturally from abdication of biblical roles in marriage and family, to divorce, then the floodgates of no-fault divorce, the prominence of egalitarianism, homosexuality introduced through humorous media, arguments for same-sex marriage, and the current attempt to eliminate gender through opposing male and female restrooms and the introduction of new, non-gender pronouns. The attack on the biblical design of marriage is certainly apparent and continuously demonstrated.

The people of God must return to a healthy conviction of Hebrews 13:4 and faithful application of its principle. “Let marriage be held in honor among all,” writes the author of Hebrews. We call attention to this principle in particular as we reach Matthew 19:1-12 in our study of the first Gospel, making this first Sunday in June not only a significant gospel opportunity as always but also a poignant cultural moment as well. As we seek to live faithfully and respond appropriately in the context of marriage, I would call attention to several recommended resources on the topic of marriage.

The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller

Two Becoming One, Don and Sally Meredith

When Sinners Say I Do, Dave Harvey

God on Sex, Daniel Akin

Sacred Sex, Tim Gardner

What Did You Expect, Paul Tripp

The Mingling of Souls, Matt Chandler

If you prefer a sermon to a book, or find it easier to listen to audio, John Piper has preached “Marriage, Christ, and Covenant: One Flesh for the Glory of God,” a series of  14 sermons on marriage. 

Meet Parkwood’s Global Disciple-Making Mobilizer 

Meet David Crane, Parkwood’s Global Disciple-Making Mobilizer. 
David Crane was born in El Paso, Texas and was raised in Cherryville, North Carolina. David is married to his beautiful wife Renee, and they are blessed with three children: Thomas, Zebulon and Mary. Zeb is a writer and lives in Charlotte. Mary is also single and lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a Vet-Tech. Thomas and his wife Leslie are serving the gospel internationally, and they have three children: Judah (5), Sofia (2), and Sarah Renee (born Jan 1, 2016).

The purpose of Parkwood is to glorify God by laboring together for the growth of all believers while going with the gospel to all people(s). It is therefore our desire to increase gospel witness and effectiveness in our community and among the nations. To this end, Parkwood’s missions effort is developing into a more focused two-pronged approach: Local Disciple-Making and Global Disciple-Making. Enter David Crane. David will join the Global Disciple-Making office as a mobilizer to offer consultation and guidance from a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

Crane holds degrees from Columbia Bible College and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored Beulah Baptist Church in Virginia before serving with the IMB for more than twenty years. From 1993 to 2015, David and Renee served in Africa, where the Father called tens of thousands to Himself. He has served as a Personalizer and as a teacher at the Kenya Baptist Theological College. Crane was also a strategic leader for East Africa, coaching and supervising field personnel in five countries.

I encourage you to make David and Renee feel a welcomed part of the faith family at Parkwood, and take every opportunity to get to know them. This wonderful couple is a great addition to our leadership as Parkwood seeks to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching everyone that we may present everyone mature in Christ (Matthew 28:18-29, Colossians 1:28).