Announcing a New Read-Along Group for Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side!

When Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith came out in March, I announced a private Facebook read-along group, where those who joined could read the book in community and engage in weekly author-led discussions. Over 400 people joined the group! We had a fantastic 10 weeks … Read moreAnnouncing a New Read-Along Group for Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side!

6 Things Your Mother-in-Law is Secretly Thinking about You

I’m not sure when the words “mother-in-law” became synonymous with “here comes trouble,” but they have. Gather a group of married friends together, say “mother-in-law,” and the stories will fly. Words like “meddling,” “jealous,” “bossy,” and “controlling” bounce back and forth like tennis balls at a Wimbledon open. Some mothers transition into the role … Read more6 Things Your Mother-in-Law is Secretly Thinking about You

5 Things You’ve Heard about Marriage That Simply Aren’t True

Relationships begin in many different ways. Ours began with a prank phone call. Yes, that’s right! While attending the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, I (Patrick) called Ruth pretending to be a local radio station DJ offering an opportunity to win cash. The goal was simple: call an unsuspecting student and pretend to … Read more5 Things You’ve Heard about Marriage That Simply Aren’t True

1 Question That Will Determine the Health of Your Marriage

Have you wondered about the health of your marriage? Have you wondered whether your marriage is healthy, or if it is in need of significant assistance? Most have wondered about their marriage at one time or another, hoping to gauge whether they needed serious help or not.  While there are many questionnaires available … Read more1 Question That Will Determine the Health of Your Marriage

Have You Forgiven Each Other for Premarital Sex?

“I’m sure he’s having an affair and I’m leaving him.”  “Everyone he works with is young and pretty.”  “I should’ve known he’d be unfaithful when he had so many girlfriends before we were married.”  “She lived with someone. She probably wishes she had stayed with him.” You’ve probably heard laments … Read moreHave You Forgiven Each Other for Premarital Sex?

5 Lies the Enemy Wants You to Believe When Infidelity Attacks Your Marriage

“We have to talk,” my husband said as he opened the car door for me to get in. He had no red roses or sweet chocolates for me. Instead, I tasted the bitterness of infidelity in that car ride. Our marriage had been happy, strong and filled with exciting plans. But like … Read more5 Lies the Enemy Wants You to Believe When Infidelity Attacks Your Marriage

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Your In-Laws

Horror stories about monstrous mother-in-laws, bigoted father-in-laws and clueless sister or brother-in-laws abound in pop culture. You can see in-laws at their worst in The In-Laws (1979 and 2003), Hush (1998), Monster-in-Law (2005), Mother Knows Best (1997) and The Governor’s Wife (2008). Plus, nearly every week, someone is writing to a newspaper advice columnist … Read moreHow to Have a Healthy Relationship with Your In-Laws

How Do You Counsel a Wife Whose Husband Struggles with Pornography?

Last week, I referred to 6 ways to counsel a husband who has harmed his wife with his pornography struggle. What about the wife? Although many are harmed by a husband’s struggle with pornography, no one is harmed more than his wife. How does a pastor care and counsel a wife who has been harmed by … Read moreHow Do You Counsel a Wife Whose Husband Struggles with Pornography?

Will God Bring Vengeance on My Cheating Husband?

Editor’s Note: Pastor Roger Barrier’s “Ask Roger” column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople, or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at [email protected]. Dear … Read moreWill God Bring Vengeance on My Cheating Husband?

5 Things You Need to Know about Your Spouse Who Struggles with Depression

Editor’s Note: Do you need sound, Biblically-based advice on an issue in your marriage or family?  Dr. David Hawkins, director of the Marriage Recovery Center, will address questions from Crosswalk readers in his weekly column. Submit your question to [email protected]. The couple arrived at our cottage late, having flown in from Tennessee to participate … Read more5 Things You Need to Know about Your Spouse Who Struggles with Depression

The Day My Marriage Died: Healing in the Wake of Divorce

  I hadn’t expected Saturday, April 7th, 1984 to be extraordinary—but it was. That was the day my marriage died. After discovering that our marriage covenant was broken and my husband wanted out of our union, I started crying that day and didn’t stop for a very, very long time. Ambushed by grief  I kept … Read moreThe Day My Marriage Died: Healing in the Wake of Divorce