Reforming Marriage Conference
to be Held at Liberty June 3-4
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      Those familiar with the ministry of Doug and Nancy Wilson will be delighted to learn that they will be presenting a Reforming Marriage Conference in the greater St. Louis-St. Charles area.  The marriage conference will be hosted by Liberty Christian Church, 709 Crestview Drive in O’Fallon, MO, on June 3-4.

   The Wilson's are known for several areas of ministry. Pioneers in the area of Christian classical education, Doug has written several books on the subject and, along with his wife, founded Logos School (K-12) and New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Both of these schools are dedicated to a thoroughly Christian philosophy of education with a restoration of the genuine Liberal Arts curriculum.  Those wanting to learn more about Christian classical education can hear Doug speak on the topic at Liberty the evening of June 2nd. (For more information, call 636-240-4412).

    The Wilson's are also well know for their many books on marriage and the family.  Doug has written such titles as: Reforming Marriage (hence the name of the conference) and The Federal Husband on marriage; Standing on the Promises and Future Men on parenting; and Her Hand in Marriage, on biblical courtship.  Nancy, his wife, has written two excellent books for women entitled, The Fruit of Her Hands: Respect and Christian Woman and Praise Her in the Gates: The Calling of Christian Motherhood.
   In the Prologue of Federal Husband, Doug writes: “Anyone who undertakes to add to the number of modern books on marriage had better have some good reason.”  And the same applies to undertaking a marriage conference.  Haven’t we had just about enough conferences and seminars?  So, what justifies a


Doug and Nancy Wilson

Reforming Marriage Conference?

    Wilson supplies the answer himself.  “In the modern Church, the central intellectual sin regarding marriage is one of theological definition….  The marital need of the hour is that of doctrinal and theological definition – in particular, we need to understand covenants.”  Now, this may sound somewhat abstract to the average Evangelical, but that's because the average Evangelical is just that -- average.  He or she rarely ponders the theological foundations of most of their practices.  They take them on faith or worse yet, they conform their practices to the world.

    The fact is, true Christianity, and hence, true Christian marriage, has a biblical and theological foundation.  And, if we don’t know what that is, we cannot build a lasting superstructure.  Doctrinal thinking is imperative, first, to worship God aright.  We are called to worship Him in spirit and in truth.  Truth means doctrinal precision.  For if we are lazy in our thinking about God then we can very easily fall into idolatry – worshipping God, as He is not.  Moreover, doctrine is foundational to character and holiness.  Remember the words of Jesus regarding discipleship: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (Jn. 8:31-32)

    I could give many more reasons why doctrinal thinking is important, but suffice it to say that if doctrine is foundational to Christian practice, then it is foundational to Christian marriage.  As you will learn at the Reforming Marriage Conference, the Christian marriage is a covenantal union, and that word ‘covenant’ must be understood for it to be lived out in our homes.  Many Christian marriages are suffering because the husband and wife simply do not understand the nature of their original covenantal commitment.  They do not understand that a Christian marriage is an earthly expression of the covenantal relationship between Christ and His Church, and that the New Covenant, governs the marriage covenant.

    The practical implications of a covenantal understanding of marriage are profound.  And those who really ‘get it,’ end up being transformed.  Men begin to see that they are to lead, love and serve as Christ; wives see that they are to honor and submit as the Church. What does this really mean in practice?  You’ll have to attend the conference to find out!

    Just a few of the many topics that will be covered include: A Practical Theology of Marriage; Headship and Authority; Keeping Short Accounts; Respect and Submission; A Pleasant Home; Sexual Intimacy; and Resolving Marital Conflict.

    Along with the Wilson's, Dr. David J. Vaughan and his wife, Diane, will also be presenting topics related to Reforming Marriage. Dr. Vaughan is the Senior Pastor of Liberty Christian Church, host of the talk show Encounter on Christian radio station KSIV AM 1320 in St. Louis and author of several books including Jonathan Edwards, The Pillars of Leadership and Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry. Dr. Vaughan’s wife serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Liberty and is also a recognized speaker and writer who addresses women on a variety of issues including biblical modesty, femininity, and submission.

    Make plans now to attend this marriage changing (or enhancing) conference on Thursday, June 3rd from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, June 4th from 1 to 9 p.m. at Liberty Christian Church, 709 Crestview Drive in O’Fallon, MO.  The cost to attend is $25 per couple or $15 per individual and a nursery for children under the age of three will be provided for $5. For directions to Liberty, pre-register or acquire more information regarding the conference e-mail your request to libertystl@charter.net or call (636) 240-4412. For more information regarding the Wilson's and their ministries visit their website at www.christkirk.com.

    You will not be disappointed!