relationships

The Key to Keeping Your Relationship Arguments Healthy

Maria Baer writes a blog for RELEVANT about how important it is to be intentional and forthright with the language you use.

A Role Model

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let…

Making the Most of Any Relationship Status

Whatever your relationship status, relationships can be consuming. Those who lack one fixate on getting…

I’m Single. Stop Pitying Me on Valentine’s Day.

Scenario 1: Valentine’s Day. It’s a sudden build up. The Christmas decorations are wiped off…

The Life Changing Power of Dating Your Spouse

Dating—in person, online or blind—is prized in our culture, and most of us think of…

Black History Is American History

David Masciotra on the rich history of black Americans and why the celebration of their contributions cannot be restrained to one month.

What We Get Wrong About Dating

One day, a blond, mountain biking, engineer, five years younger than me asked me out on a date. I’m glad I ignored my list and said yes.

A Guide to Being Single During the Holidays

“What happened to the time?” I ask myself. It seems like only yesterday I was…

Today’s Devotional: Has God Picked Your Soul Mate?

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” (Provers…

The Unexpected Benefits of Real Community

Here’s a story with which you may be familiar. Boy meets girl. They fall in…

A Wedding Without the Fairy Tale

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,…

Four Things We Wish We Knew About Sex Before We Were Married

When it comes to Christians and newlywed sex, there are usually two extremes. For some…

Everything My Church Taught Me About Sex and Marriage Is Wrong

As a sixth grader, I went to a big Christian summer camp where the speaker…

Eight Things You Should Never Say to Your Single Friends

“It’s OK, your Prince Charming is out there!” I was told recently. Frozen smile on…

Eight Things Healthy Couples Don’t Do

Last week, I saw a woman slam the car door in her husband’s face and…

Four Pieces of Dating Advice That Are Actually Helpful

As I’ve noted before, if you’re single, you’ve most likely received your fair share of…

The Gift Of Singleness

Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to…

Have We Made an Idol Out of Sexual Purity?

I’ll never forget the look on her face as she shared the story of her…

Five Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making

There are so many mistakes to be made when it comes to dating and relationships.…

Marriage Isn’t About Your Happiness

Did you ever think someone could show you love through a bologna sandwich? I didn’t…

The Problem With Casual Dating

A sure sign of any healthy relationship is the fact that it continually grows. Of course, many would say that growing slowly together is a good thing, and keeping things casual at first can help. But can casual dating ever get in the way of real growth?

Are You Sure You’re Ready For Love?

As a professional counselor, I have worked with countless couples whose problems and strife stemmed…

Stop Waiting for Him to Ask You Out

In college, I waited—like I thought every good Christian girl was supposed to. The Christian…

A Whole Galaxy

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you…

Today’s Devotional: Leave It to a Funeral

RELEVANT posts a column about the thoughts that take place after attending a funeral—and what it does to your faith.

The Beauty of Community

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of…

Seeking Something More

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father…

12 Things Every Healthy Dating Relationship Needs

I’ve always wanted to be married, but I’m still single at 44 years old. In…

When Your Spouse Feels More Like a Roommate

The first time I met Sarah and Tom, I thought that they were a special…

Singleness Does Not Mean Unhappiness

I was sitting on a panel about dating when someone asked the classic question: “What’s…

Three Big Myths Movies Taught Us About Sex

We all remember those awkward “talks” with our parents or those sixth grade reproductive health…

The Five Friends You Really Need

Long gone are the days of the junior high lunchroom—where kids seemed to be divided…

A Guide to Newlywed Sex

RELEVANT looks at how sex can be hard to resist before marriage—and how confusing it can be after the wedding day.

5 Keys to Surviving a Breakup

Here’s something that probably won’t shock you: breakups suck. Shocking, right? The truth is, unless…

The 7 Best Television Marriages of All Time

Television marriages are largely terrible. For the most part, they feature either bumbling husbands who…

Why Marriage Is Getting a Bad Rap

Your and my ideas of marriage are shaped by what we see or have seen…

Everyone Loves Sex. So Why Wait?

When I met my wife, it was like we had known each other for years.…

This Lent, Consider a Social Media Fast

We all seem to be looking down these days. I wonder if that’s why many…

What Not to Say to Singles

Each year, the day after Valentines Day is officially known as Singles Awareness Day (yes,…

A Guide to Being Single on Valentine’s Day

“Wow, thanks,” I feigned as I tried to hide the expression of confusion on my…