Sex and Intimacy

Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

Put the Children to Bed Early

Make time for each other.  Marriage expert Dr. Gary Chapman says you need to set aside time for your spouse especially after children come along. Listen to the full program here.

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Article

Being the Best Spouse You Can Be

Gary Chapman

When you choose to be affirming, encouraging and giving, you stimulate positive emotions in your spouse. Couples who understand this learn how to make love, not just have sex.

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Article

Sex and Love

Gary Chapman

The initial euphoria of love usually wears off after about two years, but that doesn't mean love needs to wane or the relationship needs to grow cold. At this stage, love is a choice, not just an emotion.

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Love and Sex

Article

Love Is More Than a Feeling

Gary Chapman

The Bible affirms the beauty of sex within marriage. Sex is an act of love that binds the souls of a husband and a wife to each other in a lifelong, intimate relationship.

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Love and Sex

Series

Love and Sex: The Perfect Combination

Dr. Gary Chapman discusses the beauty of sex in marriage.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Solomon on Romance (Part 2 of 2)

The Rev. Tommy Nelson draws upon the Song of Solomon's rich imagery to convey wise principles about dating and courtship. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Solomon on Romance (Part 1 of 2)

The Rev. Tommy Nelson draws upon the Song of Solomon's rich imagery to convey wise principles about dating and courtship. (Part 1 of 2)

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A grey tie

Series

Married Couple's Perspective on Fifty Shades of Grey

Greg and Erin Smalley each took the time to share their thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey and what it means for marriage.

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A grey bed

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Should Christians See 50 Shades of Grey: A Husband's Perspective

Greg Smalley

Sex should always join two people together in love — it should always strengthen a relationship and not weaken it. Sure, sex involving bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism might be legal as long as both people give their full consent — but it is anything but beneficial for a marriage.

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A grey tie

Article

Should Christians See 50 Shades of Grey?

Erin Smalley

Although it seems logical to think a book like 50 Shades of Grey could possibly reignite life—even in the bedroom—I’m not convinced the outcome will be as women hoped.  Seeking excitement through reading about sadism, masochism and sexual bondage can truly end up causing more harm than good.

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True Romance on Valentine's Day

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True Romance on Valentine's Day

Greg Smalley

Dr. Greg Smalley encourages couples to look beyond chocolates and flowers to pursue true romance this Valentine's Day.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Exposing the Lure of Romance and Erotica (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Juli Slattery and author Dannah Gresh talk about the cultural fascination with erotica that's been largely spawned by the popular novel and now movie Fifty Shades of Grey and other sexually explicit media. Our guests explain why such material especially appeals to women, and the danger it poses to marriage and families. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Exposing the Lure of Romance and Erotica (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Juli Slattery and author Dannah Gresh talk about the cultural fascination with erotica that's been largely spawned by the popular novel and now movie Fifty Shades of Grey and other sexually explicit media. Our guests explain why such material especially appeals to women, and the danger it poses to marriage and families. (Part 1 of 2)

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God's Design for Sex

Series

God's Design for Sex

Sex is one of the biggest somethings of all time in more fabulous ways than most people appreciate.

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A young woman looking over the top of a book.

Series

Erotica, Women and Marriage

We may stereotypically think of sexual temptation as a man's problem, but women are not immune to the lure of romance depicted in new and graphic forms of entertainment.

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couple with arms held up in victory at sunset

Series

The Overcoming Marriage

If we're honest, all marriages have trials. Learn how to use difficulty to build an overcoming marriage and grow closer than ever to your spouse.

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couple laughing on a couch

Series

The Role of Friendship in Marriage

Marriage without friendship cannot work in our culture.

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Husband and wife sitting back to back

Series

When Your Husband Isn't Interested in Sex

Almost all marriages go through periods when the man has a lower sex drive than his wife. While these periods are disconcerting or frustrating, they pale in comparison to the pain and conflict caused when this is a couple's consistent pattern of sexual intimacy.

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Man and woman's feet in bed

Series

Understanding Your Husband's Sexual Needs

Time and culture have changed the venues of expression, yet the power of a man's sex drive has remained a constant force of both intimacy and destruction.

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couple holding hands at sunset

Series

Building a Pure Marriage

God has a beautiful plan for every married couple, even those of us who have suffered losses.

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Managing Temptation

Series

Managing Temptation

Within marriage, barriers must also be erected to protect the "garden of marital bliss" that you are trying hard to build.

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hands of spouses clasped

Article

Devotional: Spiritual Foundations

Focus on the Family

Spiritual intimacy between a husband and wife provides a safe covering.

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husband and wife cuddling in a blanket

Article

Devotional: Sex and Intimacy

Focus on the Family

To yield to one another sexually in marriage is to step into God-created intimacy.

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