Sex Makes You Stupid

July 22nd, 2010

This week’s program is an important one for parents of teens and anyone who is single or in a dating relationship. Mark and Debbie take on the issues of dating including staying sexually pure until the wedding night, why it is important to do a good job in the dating process, and the important question every girl should ask any guy she is dating.

Find out what Mark means when he says, “Sex makes you stupid!” and why living together isn’t such a great idea.

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Finding a Soulmate

May 27th, 2010

This week’s episode features an email from a Christian man married 20 years who believes that he’s found his “soul mate” and it’s not his wife! Watch and see what Mark and Debbie have to say to about the cultural acceptance of adultery and the stinking thinking that is widespread even in churches.

In this day and age when so many people make their decisions based on feelings and the need to be happy, hear why it’s vitally important that we use the Bible as our point of reference.

Mark also uses the account of Jesus’ birth to illustrate where God is during our times of hardship and misery and how our comfort level has nothing to do with what is right or wrong in any given situation.

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Apologies and Boundaries

April 22nd, 2010

Love, Marriage and Stinking Thinking has a new hometown! Join Mark and Debbie on the first show taped in Mark’s home base of Green Bay, Wisconsin. It’s a new city and a new band, but the same humor and insight that you expect as Mark and Debbie take on the subject of how men’s brains think about apologizing. Find out why an man’s style of apology doesn’t always work for women and how all the wires in her brain can throw a twist into making up after an offense.

Husbands and wives will both want to watch as Mark talks about appropriate boundaries in your marriage and how you can safeguard your relationship from the slippery slope of opposite-sex friendships.

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Submission in Marriage

April 19th, 2010

Mark and Debbie continue the discussion from the previous show about “butt kicking women” and the whole subject of what submission in marriage is really all about. When does a believer contend for righteousness and stand up for what is right? When and how should they resist evil? Mark’s answers may stretch your thinking in ways like never before.

Find out what how the plummeting self-esteem of so many women frequently plays into marital struggles and what wives can do to fight for their marriages without whining, belly-aching, complaining or nagging.

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Men Behaving Badly

March 23rd, 2010

If you or anyone you know has ever wondered what to do about a man who behaves very badly, this is the show for you to watch. Mark and Debbie look at both sides of the coin: What guys contribute to the situation and what women do that enables the rotten behavior. Get ready to be challenged in your thinking as Mark explains why our culture is in desperate need of strong, confident, respectful women—what he terms “butt-kicking women!”

Hear how the submission message that churches have been teaching and preaching for decades has contributed to the demise of marriage. You don’t want to miss what Mark has to say about the “just submit” advice many pastors give to answer marital issues.

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S2E5: Spiritual Leader of the Home

October 20th, 2009

Join Mark and Debbie on this week’s episode as they take on the subject of spiritual authority and the concept of the husband being the spiritual leader in the home. Many Christian marriages struggle and stumble in this area because we have created an image where the man is supposed to do everything — from taking care of finances to praying to being the one who hears from God and more. Hear how Mark challenges this image and find out why he thinks that a more correct model is that of the King and Prophet… a model that is shown to be very effective throughout scripture.

Both husbands and wives will find their relationship is accompanied by less resentment and more freedom when they understand that there are two roles and men don’t have to fulfill both.

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S2E4: Spiritual Lessons from Cats

October 7th, 2009

On Episode Four Mark and Debbie take a humorous rabbit trail when they answer an email about a couple’s disagreement over pets. Find out the “spiritual life lesson” you can learn from cats! Mark reminds people to do a better job of dating to avoid the surprises after you get married.

Couples argue about many things, but most can be boiled down to one thing: Why can’t you be more like me? This is especially true when you are married to a perfectionist. Mark explains the best way to approach a spouse who is forever telling you how to do things “the right way”. Also, get fascinating insight regarding independent vs. clingy women, which type is better, and why it’s important to not compare yourself with other people.

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S2E3: Feminization of Men in American Culture

October 6th, 2009

On this week’s show, Mark discusses the issues that some people have with attending church and why so many churches remain very small—100 people or less. He and Debbie go on to explore the feminization of the culture and the negative impact this has had on men, marriage and churches.

For the past several decades we have been instructed to let our feelings have a bigger role in dictating our actions and decisions. Men have been encouraged to get in touch with their “feminine side” and to “follow their feelings”. This may be great for women, who primarily feel altruistic and beneficial things, but it doesn’t serve men well to act on their feelings. Find out why all the emphasis on feminizing men isn’t a very good thing after all.

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S2E2: More on Dating!

September 21st, 2009

On Episode Two Mark and Debbie continue their discussion from last time on how couples who have done a poor job during the dating process, generally find themselves in hell very early on in marriage. As Mark says, “It should take you years to get to hell! Not days or weeks!” On the list of dating “don’ts”: Don’t date in a vacuum, don’t get physical, don’t let your emotions make your decisions for you, don’t get married if you are an empty soul, and don’t expect God to just bring you a spouse.

Dating has become an over-romanticized and over-spiritualized endeavor in our culture. It really should be a time of discovering what a person is really like so there will be no huge surprises a few months into marriage. Successful marriages happen when both people do the right things and that includes dating the right way.

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S2E1: What is Dating Really About?

September 16th, 2009

Season Two kicks off in a new city, with a new co-host and a new format! Join Mark and the co-host of his daily radio show, Debbie Chavez, as they answer viewer emails on marriage and dating relationships. In Episode One Mark tackles the question of what dating is really all about. He explains how people can end up miserable and married after only a short time when they do a poor job during the dating process.

Important things to consider while dating include: making sure Christians only marry someone who is also a believer, watching how people react and not just how they act, looking at the person’s past history, and the need to involve family in your decision making process. If you date badly, you will marry badly. By using practical wisdom during dating, rather than trying to find a soul mate and a great physical or emotional connection, people can avoid having their marriages become train wrecks.

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