Because dating is filled with ambiguity, and the tension between strong feelings and the reality of not being married, people can often move too fast towards marriage or end up destroying the relationship. In a Christian culture that often over-spiritualizes dating, where can you go to get sound advice about dating? In this episode, we talk about how to navigate dating well.
Oftentimes friendships change as we go through different seasons of life. Inevitably, some relationships will drift as you graduate from college or move to a different location. So what does it look like to invest in friendships that may be temporary? Dr. Erik Thoennes and Noreen Muehlhoff share how to create depth and meaning in friendships even if they are temporary.
Doesn’t it make sense to test the relationship or to save money by living together before marriage? According to research, cohabitation actually has negative consequences on the longevity of the relationship. In this episode, we share fascinating insights on the differences between people who are cohabitating and married, and also how to walk alongside those who are struggling in this area.
There are many things that should be considered at a deeper level BEFORE considering marriage. Oftentimes we place our focus on evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the other person, but it is also important to look inward and evaluate your own emotional health. Read this blog by Aundrea Paxton to find out 3 important questions to ask yourself.
In a culture that values sarcasm and humor over heartfelt openness, creating rich, meaningful friendships can be incredibly difficult. If you’re seeking out more substance in your relationships, how can you begin? In our Christian Perspectives on Relationships course, the panel – Drs. Erik and Donna Thoennes, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff, and Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace – share their thoughts in this Q&A session clip.
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