By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
Remember how amazing June and Ward Cleaver were? How they never fought with each other, and always seemed to have everything in order from their household to their children?
Most couples will tell you, married life is not nearly that easy. That’s why the Mid–South Conference on Christ and Culture is bringing the program “What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage” to Tupelo.
A joint effort between Lawndale Presbyterian Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and the Church at Trace Crossing, the program will feature the Rev. Paul David Tripp, who will speak on everything from protecting marriage, how couples speak to each other, and child issues.
Brad Prewitt, who helped start the Mid-South Conference on Christ and Culture in 2008, said a topic like marriage was a departure from the conference’s usual subjects.
“In the past we’ve had speakers in to talk about the sovereignty of God, the role of the church in the world, things like that. This year we wanted to switch gears and look at some practical theology that can be applied to real, everyday life,” he said.
Prewitt said the program will be relevant to anyone, regardless of their relationship status. It will make existing marriages stronger, and for unmarried attendees, will explore the true nature and purpose of marriage.
“We’re here for God’s glory, and at the end of the day, our marriages to each other should model the faithfulness God has shown to us,” he said. “It sounds big, but if we don’t make our marriages big, we will drown in the little things that don’t really matter.”
The Rev. David Eldridge, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, which will host the event, said the conference will dispel the myth of perfection that most people think marriage is.
“The idea of marriage as an endless, blissful honeymoon is a myth. The reality is that a marriage is two flawed people in a fallen world,” Eldridge said. “The program is going to look at the Biblical grounds in which a marriage should be rooted.”
The event will begin on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. with a buffet supper at Calvary Baptist Church. It will continue on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. To reserve a space, call (662) 844-6795 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.