You may be surprised what real marriage is like.
What it'll take to divorce-proof your future marriage
Five years of marriage has in many ways changed everything, but some things have stayed the same.
Resolve conflict as a team by choosing to put the long-term health of your relationship ahead of your personal agenda.
Sometimes letting go of expectations of who we'll marry or how we'll meet our future spouse allows us to receive the story God has for us.
What I wish I had known about preparing myself for marriage
If I'd known these three things before I married, I would've been much better prepared.
Not sure if you want to get hitched? Here are some truths and untruths about marriage.
What does a young man miss out on if he stays "alone" even though his body and heart pull him toward marriage?
I've always wanted to be a husband, but a walk through my family history reveals why being one is a miracle.
I was scared to walk down the aisle, but it wasn't because I was worried about stumbling over my dress. I was worried about being a wife.
When we recognize God's love for us, and our hopeless situation apart from His love, we can begin to truly love another.
Men aren't able to commit? "Marriage research rock star" Scott Stanley challenges that assertion.
The book of Ruth has much to say about getting to marriage in difficult circumstances, under the watchful, purposeful sovereignty of God.
From afar, planning a wedding seems so enticing. But the truth is most brides are crestfallen when they realize how hard it really is.
Learning to communicate is a lot like learning to dance. Start slow, learn your paces, respond to your partner's movements, pay attention, trust, and enjoy.
Maybe losing "the spark" isn't the end of the world after all.
Discover why finding balance between connectedness and differentiation is one of the most important elements of a successful relationship.
If you feel like you're never going to get married, take heart! Learn a few things from Martin Luther's singleness and then marriage.
Magnets only work when they're facing polar opposites — maybe they're trying to teach us something.
Women have moved from naturally complementary, to competitive, to conquering the men in their lives. What does it all mean for future marriages?
The Last Kiss portrays an anemic, yet all-too-common, view of marriage that needs to go.
Love in its fullness never just happens; love that lasts is won.
“We’re just friends.” You’ve likely said it -- about a guy or girl who was distinct from Friday night “dates.” But maybe we’ve got it backwards.
Rediscover why marriage is love’s greatest and most courageous defender.
Marriage rescues us from the paradox of choice and introduces us to the paradox of gift: Give yourself, and you find yourself.
"Would we be good together?"
Marriages between two cultures present challenges, but Christ and the Cross can transcend cultural differences.
One essential task for the church is to rebuild and maintain a marriage culture — even when marriage itself no longer makes sense to so many around us.
Are you more likely to get married based on what generation you're in? It's possible.
How much does Noland really want a happy ending?
Though young adults are statistically more likely to repeat their parents' mistakes, they are not doomed to do so.
What can you do to improve your chances of a good marriage?
Armed with a biblical mandate and fueled by Christian passion, young men can be the vanguard for recovery of the biblical concept of marriage.
We didn't gain a thing by waiting to get married. But we did risk some things and simply lost out on others.
Our culture gives us lots of reasons not to marry young. But are they good ones?
Afraid of getting married because you've seen so many marriages fail? You're not alone.
Joint vs. separate checking. Why don't secular and Christian financial advisors agree?
You won't marry the perfect man. But through premarital discernment and your holy influence, he will be headed that direction.
Of course, I can submit ... as long as my husband is right.
For many men, getting married is viewed as the end of a process. Nope. It's only the beginning.
I didn't know what the year would hold, but whatever it was it would be extraordinary.
The hope of marriage is an antidote to promiscuity.
Believing that "the one" is out there, waiting to "complete you," inevitably leads to discontentment and maybe even divorce.
Though women aren't the target audience for this book, we can listen in and hopefully, while eavesdropping, glean some valuable help for marrying well.
We usually don't think of our sexual design as being an appropriate factor in getting married. But it is.
Planning to get married someday? Pay attention to these 10 must-have qualities.
My favorite love stories are true ones.
Don't let fear of divorce make you put off marriage.
If you feel called to marry, your best bet is likely a marriage-friendly church.
Everybody settles when they decide to get married. Or nobody settles. Or is it both-and?
Knowing when to go with what's in front of you makes all the difference. Here's what to look for in a future spouse.
Beginning married life together can be thrilling, but also traumatic. With a good understanding of how you'll work together as a team, it'll be more of the former and less of the latter.
Where we most often sin in our desire for marriage is not in worshiping marriage itself, but in doubting God's ability to bring it about.
Scripture calls me the weaker partner. What's my response?
How do we know when marrying someone is God's will?
An obscure verse in Deuteronomy offers a principle that, if applied, helps establish beneficial and spouse-honoring patterns for marriage.
For most men, a godly wife will bring blessings that nothing else can.
Our marriages are more than simply an expression of mutual affection. They affect the people around us, and are in turn affected by those around us.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with your desire to pursue marriage.
Perhaps surprisingly, sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued Dowd has a few things to say about men and women that are worth our attention.
Longtime married couples are rare. Happily longtime married couples like Jake and Myrtle are rarer yet.
Looking for your soul mate? Looking for someone to complete you? If so, you might be looking for the wrong thing.
So much of the email we received in response to Danielle Crittenden's book excerpt was negative that we decided to answer it here.
Whether we know it or not, we have a season of life when we're more apt to find a mate. Some things just won't wait.
Getting married in a church is about more than lovely stained glass and wood pews. It's about more than Christian vows. Listen in as Theo talks with two former, almost-engaged students.
For some singles, the pressure to marry threatens to overwhelm what they really desire.
Standing up in a friend's wedding should be about a lot more than wearing a tacky dress and bustling her train. Her marriage may depend on it.
It's not what the movies, magazines and romance novels want you to believe; it's a whole lot better.
What we believe about marriage between a man and a woman has a lot to do with why so many people don't think it's a big deal to redefine it.
I found out first hand that not all dating advice is created equal.
One man's dread of all things retail said a lot more about his character than he liked to admit.
Your wedding day is fast approaching and the invitations have all been sent. Is it too late to admit the nagging feeling that you've made a bad match?
Pop culture's ideas about relationships are hard to escape, and counter to the very thing we so hope to find.
Sometimes it's easier to point the finger than take responsibility. It sure feels better; at least for a little while.
Prof Theo talks about homosexuality, marriage and the law.
Everybody's doing it, but that doesn’t mean it's easy.
Why the delay? Even Christian guys give lots of reasons — like what one calls "waiting for Pamela Anderson to become a Christian."
Divorce is so common that people talk about "starter marriages." It doesn't have to be that way.
Review of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work by Jennifer Roback Morse
One in two marriages ends in divorce. Yet we still dream about the perfect relationship. Maybe we DO need it, or at least something that it perfectly embodies.
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