Marriage as Partnership

Air Date October 1, 2014


Marriage is partnership, not ownership. Genesis 1:26-31 reminds us that a wife is not a trophy to be won through courtship and then displayed on the wall for all to observe, like a prized ten-point buck. Nor is a husband meant to be tamed into some handsome, pliant provider figure. The loving husband views his wife as a partner. She is not a person to be dominated and controlled to satisfy his own desires. She is a person to be known and from whom he can learn.


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Gary Chapman

Dr. Gary Chapman

Dr. Gary Chapman is a well-known marriage counselor and director of marriage seminars. He has written more than 25 books including the #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Five Love Languages. Chapman's newest release, Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, has joined the rankings as well. Others include: Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, Parenting Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman has over 35 years of experience in family counseling and has served as the senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. for more than 35 years.

Chapman is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He has received M.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and taken postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for more than 45 years and reside in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Chapmans have two grown children, Shelley and Derek.

For more information about Dr. Chapman and his ministry, please visit his website.