Peace in the Home is a pleasant sounding concept, but it is so much more than that.
Peace in the Home is derived from the Hebrew, “shalom bayit” — an overarching model for the home rooted in ancient Hebrew scripture (Torah), supported throughout the Greek New Testament, and expanded in Jewish Rabbinic literature.
Peace in the Home isn’t about a lack of conflict. It’s bigger than that. Rather, it is God’s blueprint for the home — how it is structured, and how it works best.
Psalm 128 paints a beautiful botanical picture of peace in the home: It starts with a husband and father who has a genuine relationship with God (v. 1). Blessing overflows to his work (v. 2), and then to his wife (fruitful vine v. 3a), and then to their children (olive shoots v. 3b), the community (v. 5) at large, and eventually to their grandchildren and the nation (v. 6).
Like the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the values, principles and benefits of peace in the home have application for all peoples, in all settings regardless of their situation.
Robert Partington is a husband, father, speaker, group facilitator, counselor, writer and legal immigrant. He is the founder and former executive director of Peace in the Home, Inc. — a family organisation dedicated to strengthening marriages and equipping parents.
Peace in the Home, Inc. was spun down as a board run corporation in 2013, yet its mission and passion lives on through this blog, and through Robert’s other ministry activities.
Robert is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and holds Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling degrees. While at GCTS, Robert took an academic interest in the etiology of male effeminacy and the clinical history of gender disorders, in particular male homosexuality.
With his wife, Melissa, Robert has spoken at marriage retreats, parenting workshops, and single parents’ gatherings. Robert and Melissa continue to counsel engaged couples (men and women) in order to prepare them for an amazing, God-honouring marriage.
Robert has preached at churches in Virginia, North Carolina and Massachusetts. In addition to writing articles on healthy relationships, he also facilitates care groups for men who struggle with addictions to pornography.
(If you are visiting this site for the first time, please read the springboard article, “The Road Ahead” which explains Robert’s motivation for blogging.)