We hear stories of pastors having extramarital affairs, and we wonder how that could happen. Of course he knew better—he is a pastor! Well, most of the time, we can bet that sexual chemistry ignited the fuse. Here is some practical advice for protecting your marriage—and the marriages of others—from an affair.Read More
I am a daddy of two daughters—a four-year-old and a three-year-old. Because I love my children so much, it has been all too easy to make them into idols. I do not say that lightly or throw that term around. Am I willing to trust God with my girls? Do I really believe that God is good?Read More
I am regularly asked if it is important for a Christian man or woman to be physically attracted to the person they are dating. In order to fully answer this question, we must consider physical attraction from both a male and female perspective, while also considering why physical attraction may be lacking in either case.Read More
Christians aren’t promised prosperity in this life. Instead, they are called to lay down their lives as Christ’s followers. Here are sixteen Bible passages about sacrificial love.Read More
As a pastor, over the years I had my fair share of people approach me to find out if we were a "courtship" church or a "dating" church. The people invariably would tell me that their approach was "the biblical way." The following list has been floating around the world-wide-web and makes a very important point. So here it is: 16 ways to find a wife according to the Bible.Read More
Much is made these days about compatibility when it comes to romantic relationships. One popular Christian dating website offers seven types of compatibility, including the nebulous “Personality Compatibility.” Scripture clears away the complexity by giving us only three areas with which we must concern ourselves regarding compatibility in romantic relationships.Read More
It’s interesting how easy it is to be there for someone else and how often we don’t recognize the opportunities that present themselves right before our eyes. It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time to be someone’s mother, just a willing and open heart.Read More
Intentionality must characterize a man’s conduct with a woman during the entire relationship, not just at the beginning. What does it mean for a man to initiate and purposely pursue a romantic relationship?Read More
You’re not supposed to do it. According to marriage books and the Bible, love keeps no accounting of who did the dishes last, who plans the meals, or who has the longer commute. In the first months of marriage, however, I had clearly won the imaginary game and had more points than my husband.Read More
Do you know unmarried couples who attend church, have consensual sex, and may even live together? According to a study by the Barna Group, of the 65 percent of American adults who are okay with cohabitation, a good number of them identify themselves as Christians. What does the Bible have to say about sex before marriage?
Millennials seem to have given up on marriage, but they are not entirely at fault. They are the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of previous generations who weakened the institution by initiating "no fault" divorce and living together outside of wedlock. Here's why you, Millennial, should re-think your suspicion of the institution of marriage.
Confrontation. Many of us avoid it like the plague. Just the thought of it can instantly make your heartbeat quicken and palms sweat. Confrontation is actually a critical component of conflict resolution and often avoided when it shouldn’t be. Here's why, when coming from a sincere heart, confrontation can actually be an act of love.
The Bible is clear that Christians shouldn't marry non-Christians, but what about dating? Is it okay for a believer to date an unbeliever?Read More
There is a lot of confusion among Christians today regarding what makes for a godly marriage. Much of this controversy centers around how a husband and wife interact with each other. Here are six ways a Christian wife cherishes her husband.Read More
As a new mom, I can remember holding my angelic infant and hearing, "Just wait until she hits the terrible two's!" This was usually spoken with a patronizing grin and a somewhat maniacal laugh. Here's one reason why this stage gets such a bad rap, and what you can do to avoid it.Read More
If you’re not married, engaged, or seriously dating someone whom you think you might marry, you may wonder at times if you will ever experience the joys and challenges of matrimony. Here are six things you can do in the meantime.Read More
There are times in life when you may have to decide if you’re going to invest in a friendship or if you’re going to let the opportunity (and effort it takes) pass you by. It’s a realistic dilemma. We all have a limited amount of time, after all, and can therefore only keep up a select number of relationships well. Are short-term friendships worth the investment?Read More
Does the Bible allow a Christian husband to treat his wife any way he decides is best? Does a Christian wife have to submit to her husband at all times? Here are six ways a Christian husband cherishes his wife.