“It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held.”
“When you are a member of the body of Christ, you have an essential function in maintaining the health and life of the local church (Eph. 4:16). My heart doesn’t “volunteer” to beat—it’s a necessary role that must be fulfilled for my body to operate the way it was designed. Servant-leaders in the body of Christ are necessary in order for the local body to operate effectively.”
“The first Advent was certainly anything but peaceful. It began with acontemplation of divorce, was accompanied by numerous confusing, unplanned detours, and was consummated in a stable of desperation. The Prince of peace brought a lot of turmoil with him when he came. And I think this implies that, in God’s judgment, what we may need at Christmas is not less turmoil, but more trust.”
In the concluding chapter Bengtson suggests five things families should know, do, or remember if they want to pass on their faith to the next generation (195-98).