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.

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.

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.

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.

The importance of friendship

It is easy to forget how important friendship is

In our society, almost everything we see and hear is about romantic and sexual relationships. Everyone is looking for “the one”. We are wrongly told that to be fulfilled in life, we must be in a sexual relationship. So, what about friendship? Is it important? As human beings made in… Read more.
Heart shaped island with trees, bordered by small beach surrounded by deep blue sea.

Lessons from Love Island

It is natural to desire loving relationships, but does sex always express love?

The 2021 series of the dating reality TV programme Love Island has recently begun. The show is now in its 7th season and involves a group of contestants, who in order to remain on the show and win £50,000, are forced to ‘pair up’ with another contestant. The show begins… Read more.

What makes a good friend?

How do we make good friends, and more importantly, how do we make sure we are a good friend?

As we go through life, whether we’re male or female, single or married, one thing we all have in common is that we need friendship.  The Bible tells us that we were created for company (Gen 2:18), and that friendship is good and helpful for us (Prov 18:1, Eccl 4:9-12);… Read more.