2. Children benefit from married parents

How marriage can help children to flourish

Are they healthier and happier? In general, research shows that children do best in life when they grow up with both their biological parents, and this is most likely when those parents are married (there will be a future article looking at how marriage increases the likelihood of couples remaining… Read more.

1. Married people live longer and healthier lives

Numerous studies on the relationship between health and being married show the evidence is overwhelmingly positive in favour of marriage

There have been numerous studies over the years which look at the relationship between being married and health. Here is a small selection: A recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that being married reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes and this was the case even if… Read more.

Fed up of being single on Valentine’s Day??

In our society, there’s such a big pressure to be in a relationship but is finding that special someone really the most important goal in life?

Does it seem like almost everyone is getting a Valentine’s Day card except you? Are you just fed up with all your friends being in couples and being too busy planning their romantic dates to spend any time with you? Valentine’s Day can be hard when you’re single.  In our… Read more.

How can I make a fresh start…?

Real change is possible, but not by relying on our own willpower

The start of a New Year is often a good time to reflect back on the previous year, to consider ‘what was good?’ ‘what was bad?’, ‘what am I thankful for?‘ and ‘what do I want to do differently this coming year?’.  Perhaps there are things we wish we hadn’t… Read more.

Invited to a wedding?

What if you’re invited to a wedding you do not feel comfortable celebrating?

We all love a wedding invitation – a chance to celebrate with friends and family, to dress up smartly and catch up with people we haven’t seen in ages. But what happens when the wedding you have been invited to is one that you do not feel comfortable celebrating or… Read more.

The decision before the decision…

Preparing our hearts so we make the right decision in the heat of the moment

Sometimes in life we have to make quick decisions; this is why many jobs require rigorous training so that certain things become second nature to us and then if the crunch comes quite suddenly, we know what we should do. This is also true in our spiritual lives and especially… Read more.

A young person’s review of “Challenges to Living God’s Way”

A personal review by Anna (age 19) of our recently published book for young people and why she found it helpful

This book may be aimed at young people, but it certainly doesn’t shy away from dealing with big issues. Starting from the firm conviction that God’s Word is essential for understanding the truth about how we are to live, Chris and Liz offer a refreshing picture of a life not… Read more.

The Barbie Movie – battle of the sexes?

Battle of the Sexes in Barbieland and the Real World… What answers does the Bible have for us?

The most surprising thing I did over the summer was watch the Barbie movie (twice)! This film has made history for being the biggest ever debut for a film directed by a woman – £276m in the first weekend! So why are so many people (and it’s not just women)… Read more.

Pride – What’s the harm?

How should we respond in the light of God’s good design for us

Each June, a month of celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ‘Pride’ takes place across the UK. The idea began with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and continued with Pride marches, which spread across the USA. Initially they were protests calling for ‘gay rights’. But today we see parades… Read more.

LGBTQIA+

Asexual, bisexual, pansexual, demisexual, homosexual etc etc…

These terms (and many more) seem to be everywhere. We often get asked on forms for information about our sexual orientation or identity or you may get asked at school or college in PSHE lessons or at other times. What does it all mean? Is this what defines us? Must… Read more.

Why can’t we just agree that love is love?

The phrase ‘love is love’ is common, but can be misleading

When people say that ‘love is love’, they usually mean that people should be allowed to date and marry whoever they like regardless of whether they are male or female. But this phrase ignores the fact there are many different kinds of love – family love (parent/child or between siblings),… Read more.