What exactly does "I do" at a wedding mean? Does it have anything to do with attraction? The article uses these questions to address one feature of real love, both within and outside of marriage.
What is it that makes a marriage Christ-centred? This article offers nine elements.
This article considers the notion that the furthering of one's marriage is a lifestyle rather than a sporadic exercise. The article offers a list of questions to use for self-examination in marriage.
This article is about same-sex marriages.
The Bible expects the husband to lead his wife. How does a husband provide leadership? There are seven things he can do to provide leadership in the home.
How can you save your marriage from transactional living? This article discusses what this means, and four things you can do to avoid it and enjoy a lasting marriage.
Can two Christians who are divided theologically get married? This article looks into this question and lays down crucial issues to consider for marriage between two Christians who are theologically divided.
This article, addressed especially to Christian wives, explains how in some instances of marriage problems, trying harder to accommodate the husband becomes destructive to her, the husband, and the marriage. The article offers a better way in such circumstances.
This article outlines five thoughts on what it is to be a faithful wife.
To build a healthy marriage one must know that some things do not call for a response of forgiveness. This article identifies three things in particular.
As a pastor, if you want to start a pre-marital counselling for your church, where do you start? This article offers guidelines for such a situation.
Why is it that a Christian woman ends up marrying a non-Christian? It happens in many churches. Do you want to know the reason? This article examines reasons that lead to mixed marriage, and what to do about it.
Do you want to strengthen your marriage? Learning to adore, affirm, comfort, console, and care for one another can strengthen your marriage.
This article examines biblical teaching on polygamy. Looking at the reasons why God allowed polygamy in the Old Testament, the author shows that this does not mean that this is the way God designed marriage from the beginning. Marriage is intended to be a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman.
Marriage does not have a purpose separate from God. Its purpose is to magnify the beauty and greatness of God.
How should a believing couple respond when they are childless? This article shows that the proper response to childlessness will be to seek God’s way of dealing with this struggle. This means that they should know that marriage is complete even without children, and that their place in God’s covenant and church does not depend on having children.
Proper preparation is needed for marriage, since it is created and governed by God and is a covenantal relationship. This article lists some questions that should be asked of the couple prior to their marriage.
Because of the South African Civil Union Act, the high price of lobola, and the visible effects of failed relationships, cohabitation has become increasingly popular. This article discusses "vat en sit," and shows that most reformed black churches face the challenge of how to address this. The author looks at the effect that "vat en sit" has on the church, and shows how church councils can address this issue.
This article evaluates the practice of paying lobola/mahadi among the Basotho. It shows that the expensive dowry, or bride price, has negative impacts on the social, economic and faith life of those desiring to get married. The author provides practical guidelines on how the church can deal with this situation, especially since expensive dowries can encourage cohabitation.
Christian marriage involves not only the couple, but also the church, the state, and society. This article shows what believers must do when the state's definition of marriage differs from the biblical definition.
This article addresses the subject of polygamy from a biblical perspective. In relation to this, it considers the complications that arise for those who come to Christ out of a polygamous culture, a situation that Christians in Africa have had to grapple with.
This article discusses the practice of cohabitation, or living together as an unmarried couple.
What is romantic love? This study says it refers to the love of two persons of the opposite sex for one another, understood and expressed in terms of attraction and devotion. This love includes delight and joy in appreciation of each other, including the sexual and physical aspects. The study offers a fresh look at the Bible's understanding of romantic love especially in relation to courtship and marriage.
Both the Old and New Testaments mention marriage covenants that God contracted between himself and his bride. The aim of this essay is to examine whether or not the several authors and the two Testaments contradict each other in this matter. The article demonstrates that in both Testaments God is described as someone who subjects himself to his own law with regard to regulations concerning marriage, separation, divorce, and remarriage.
Do you see a person or an object when you look at your spouse? Chapter 6 help readers to diagnose and evaluate their own most basic attitudes towards their spouses. It continues by demonstrating how manipulation can destroy a marriage. In a following section the chapter focuses on what it means to honour your spouse.
Was the apostle Paul an ascetic who saw marriage and sex as ungodly evils? These and related issues like celibacy are examined in the context of 1 Corinthians 7. The author argues against such interpretations. He offers a careful examination of the situational and discourse context and the structure of the chapter.