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Ministering to a spouse with aphasia

In the latest episode of the “Mortification of Spin” podcast, the hosts interview Dr. Douglas Groothuis about his book Walking through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness, A Philosopher’s Lament. Dr. Groothuis’ wife Becky suffers from primary progressive aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to speak, read, and write. It can also affect understanding and memory. During the interview, Dr. Groothuis speaks about the changes he and his wife have been undergoing. He addresses how his…

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St. Augustine on marriage

From Of the Good of Marriage. 1. Forasmuch as each man is a part of the human race, and human nature is something social, and has for a great and natural good, the power also of friendship; on this account God willed to create all men out of one, in order that they might be held in their society not only by likeness of kind, but also by bond of kindred. Therefore the first natural…

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Martin Luther on marriage

From The Estate of Marriage. Part One. … From this ordinance of creation God has himself exempted three categories of men, saying in Matthew 19[:12], “There are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” Apart from these three groups, let no man presume to be without a…

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Martin Luther on marriage

From Table-Talk (“Of Marriage and Celibacy”). ….. But neither God’s ordinance, nor the gracious presence of children, the fruit of matrimony, moves the ungodly world, which beholds only the temporal difficulties and troubles of matrimony, but sees not the great treasure that is hid therein. …. Let the contemners and rejecters of matrimony go hang … who recognise not marriage, but live all together like animals … [DCCXX.] ….. None, indeed, should be compelled to…

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