You know they have no biblical grounds for divorce. How should a pastor respond?
A lack of physical intimacy in marriage boosts fleshly desires and opens us up to temptation in significant ways. Here are some ways to guard against it.
What advice do you have for the wife who is disappointed with her husband?
What are some important considerations for evangelicals taking the stand for traditional marriage?
Nothing can provide a better picture of the relationship between believers to Christ than marriage. It explains why loving submission and sacrificial authority is so important.
There is a unique power behind the gospel when it comes from the lips of my love.
"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”—1 Corinthians 10:31
The Purpose of Marriage
1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us that getting married and staying married is to be done to the glory of God. To glorify God means we do things in such a way that we put His greatness on display for all to see. In…
The truth is, you’ve never met a wronged spouse like Jesus.
Don’t say you’re a sinner but then act, practically, as if you’re not.
The choice of our wedding date may have been our first mistake in marriage, but there have been many more I've made that have been of much greater consequence than how we spend our anniversaries.
When the man puts forth the effort and operates in the way God calls him to operate, he makes submission a joy, not a chore for his wife.
Regardless of where you land on the spectrum, it is important for husbands and wives to develop a plan to help each other fight sexual temptation.
At the end of the day, loving our spouse through darkness means doing everything we can to make sure they know they are loved. Sometimes this means speaking hard truths to them in love, but many times this means entering into their state as a listener and a lover.
To expect another fallen human to “make us whole” is to commit an idolatrous act, placing a created being before the Creator. Only Jesus Christ can offer us genuine wholeness.
Simple, gospel-reflecting habits, along with some robustly masculine intentionality, are at the core of loving your wife well.
We must take time to mediate not just on our own pastoring but on the incredible responsibilities that most pastor’s wives have each week.
Most advice given about finding the “right person” to marry is about identifying a certain skill-set. Whether it’s a lasting legacy or a ticket to a comfortable lifestyle, the search becomes a matter of discovering what will be useful to achieve that goal. And this type of thinking is contrary to the gospel.
A panel discussion on “Ministry and Marriage in an Ashley Madison World: Standing Faithfully in a Hyper-sexualized World."
Why is marriage such a vital crucible for discipleship?
How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?
FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Pastor at The Village Church, "How do you cultivate a healthy marriage?"
It's no mystery our culture doesn't think much of the institution of marriage, and that many of our cultural elites despise it.
Dr. Keith Ablow from the Fox News Medical A-Team thinks marriage is “a source of real suffering for the vast majority of married people.” He bases that off his own observations as a psychiatrist, where he sees the vast majority of marriages ending in divorce…
For us to better understand the marriage as covenant we need to understand what makes a covenant different from a contract.
Marriage is a covenant and not a contract. Marriage is intended to be commitment to which we maintain trust and fidelity until separated by death.
We get to engage in a selfless, other-exalting relationship that frees us from our focus on ourselves.
Life is short. Don’t believe the lie.
It feels counterintuitive for ministers to talk about their own health, but self-care is strategic, not selfish.
I was bitter because theological education was stealing time I thought was due me.
In both intentional and unintentional moments, we pass on our stories to the people we love most because we know and understand their significance and power.
My pastor husband has learned the art of running full-out in ministry while also running full-out in marriage and family. Because of this--because he has been as committed to me as he has to ministry--he hasn’t lost my heart. In fact, he has it more than ever. This is why
Over the last several years I have watched my wife prepare for birthday parties, holiday seasons, or other special events. She, like many women, gives considerable time and attention to the details. This is what women do. Men on the other hand, we think function. We reuse our forks, wipe our chin on our sleeves, and pass on the straws. We skim past the details without noticing.
As pastors, we need to remind young couples not only that we are all sinners, but also that we are all sexual sinners.
Here are 9 ways the Gospel directly affects marriage.
A friend recently asked me what you do when you are not attracted to your husband. This is an excellent question for both men and women. What do you do if you are not attracted to your spouse?
In our highly educated and Biblical competent circles, we all know marriage is important, but as leaders in ministry, is caring for our marriage our utmost goal beyond abiding in Christ?
Husbands and wives, do you feel like failures in marriage? The Gospel is for failures like us - man and woman alike.
To fully enjoy one another is to view them with new eyes, saturated in the grace of our Savior.
Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.
I am by no means perfect in these areas, but I strive to be better each week. At the end of my days I am not primarily concerned with someone standing over my casket and saying that I was a good preacher or an attentive pastor. I want my wife to say that I loved her well.
This tension that we must keep in balance with God-given wisdom is really a call to be like Christ.
FTC.co asks Dean Inserra, Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, FL: "How do you cultivate a healthy marriage in the midst of a busy ministry?"
Darrin and Amie have not only written a very provocative call to men to give themselves to their wives and their marriage, but also show us in beautiful and practical detail what that looks like.
For us to be able to respect our husbands as our pastors, we must first respect them as the spiritual leaders of our families. These two actions are irrefutably linked.
What should pastors remember in counseling those in troubled marriages?
While the world has distorted the purpose of sex, the Bible, and specifically the Song of Solomon teaches us that sex serves a greater purpose.
All wives need to hear their husband say these six things.
My practice has been to try to take one of these passages each day of the week and use it to give momentum to my prayer for my wife. What a joy and weighty responsibility it is to pray on behalf of our wives!
Husbands, we love our wives by going to the hard places with them.
Your spouse is a gift from God, there to encourage, support, and affirm you. But your spouse is not the primary source of your encouragement, support, or affirmation