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Category Archives: Family

Parenthood changes with time

It hardly required a thought; it was more an impulse. I grasped the upper arm of my adult daughter, stopped her, and led her backward a step. We had been … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Bible and family

(This post originally appeared on the Texas Baptists web site.) Family stands at the core of our social existence. In an ideal world, a family includes a man, a woman, … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

A primer on biblical marriage

(This post originally appeared on the Texas Baptists web site.) A pastor friend told me recently something like this: “Ferrell, in my ministry I deal with a whole lot more … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Feeling guilty & wonderful

Growing up in my family, no one sat around all day reading, especially not on a beautiful spring day. The adults occupied themselves with work around the yard and house, … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Making memories to last a lifetime

Some days are more special than others. I think I always will remember Saturday, November 17, 2012, unless dementia robs me of it somewhere down the road. Saturday night, one of my daughters, … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘I take thee and thee and thee . . .’

Many people could see it coming. The seemingly unstoppable redefinition of marriage in our culture to include same-sex marriage was bound to open doors to other forms of marriage, most … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Where is commitment in male-female relationships?

Cohabitation outside of marriage is spreading to older adults, including parents with children at home, according to Census data reported by USA Today. There was a time in the not-too-distant past … Continue reading

October 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Facing the reality of violence against children

It is hard to fathom violence against children. How can anyone hurt a child? But we all know it happens in our neighborhoods and even in the homes of so-called … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Simple pleasures

Last night, as I was getting ready to go to bed, I heard some very kind words coming from the dining room — “Thank you, Mom.” The speaker: My youngest … Continue reading

October 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Storm watching 2

Last night, for the second day in a row, a tornado warning and emergency sirens interrupted our evening plans. A twister had been sited and was heading our way with … Continue reading

October 25, 2010 · 1 Comment