Oftentimes the Church and culture portray marriage and intimacy as the ultimate form of love, leading to negative perceptions of singleness within the Church. How can we as believers change this? Dr. Carrie Stockton takes a few minutes to describe why this occurs and how single people can find deep love and true intimacy in friendship, the church, and family.
How do I know if I am dating the right person? Should relatively minor things like cleanliness affect a relationship? Has God chosen one specific person for me to marry? What if I choose wrong? In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff answer your questions about dating, God's will, and more on the Art of Relationships.
While humans naturally long to be loved, known, and understood in a long-term relationship, statistics show that 44% of people are single in the U.S. And although we all inevitably experience a period of singleness, that does not mean we are "doomed to a life of loneliness and waiting." In today's video, Carrie Stockton explores perceptions of singleness in the U.S. and compares it to a biblical understanding of how God wants us to develop a robust life as an unmarried individual.
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.
If you spent the holidays watching your friends get engaged, you might be having some mixed feelings about being the only one without a new shiny ring. You’re happy for your friends, but when you are not dating or your relationship is not moving to the next step, it can be hard not to feel some jealousy. Read more for 4 ways to make it through the wedding season.
February is the month of Valentine's Day, yet for many, it is a day of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations. Whether or not you celebrate with a loved one, try to focus your energy on a love that will live up to your expectations. Read Lori Ann Bach's devotional on the fullness of God's love and how it reaches deep into her soul especially on a day like Valentine's Day.
Does it ever seem like the church views singleness as a malady to be cured? For singles, do you find yourself believing that you need to be married to be truly fulfilled? How should the church view marriage and singleness, especially in light of passages like 1 Corinthians 7? In this video, Dr. Thoennes discusses this topic.
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