How do you cultivate a healthy marriage based in partnership and equality? Patient conversations, expressing individual needs, intentionally engaging outside the home, and pursuing your core values are four areas of focus.
Does the egalitarian rejection of a hierarchical view of submission mean we don’t value biblical teaching? By no means! Egalitarians need to reclaim true, biblical submission that is rooted in love and service.
Many churches forbid divorce even on the grounds of abuse or abandonment, so that even an innocent victim can find themselves without support from fellow Christians when they need it most. This is due to a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words on divorce.
Hierarchical marriage roles often give husbands an inflated sense of power and importance, but also leave them overwhelmed and exhausted. Husbands end up carrying a burden God intends husbands and wives to share.
When talking about marriage, Christians often focus on the New Testament. Rarely mentioned is the Old Testament couple Manoah and his wife, parents to Samson, who offer us a glimpse at God's design for marriage.
The primary task when considering Paul's assertion, “the husband is the head of the wife,” should be discovering the meaning of this head-and-body metaphor, not arguing for an extended metaphorical sense of half of the metaphor—the single word, "head."