39 episodes

We got married because we thought we’d be better together rather than apart. So why is it so easy to feel isolated from your life-long partner? Host, author, and fellow married pilgrim, Brian Goins, tackles the relational pitfalls, from the trivial to the tragic, that move couples towards isolation rather than experiencing the real benefits that come from saying “I do.”

Married With Benefits‪™‬ FamilyLife Network

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 175 Ratings

We got married because we thought we’d be better together rather than apart. So why is it so easy to feel isolated from your life-long partner? Host, author, and fellow married pilgrim, Brian Goins, tackles the relational pitfalls, from the trivial to the tragic, that move couples towards isolation rather than experiencing the real benefits that come from saying “I do.”

    Is Marriage Past its Prime? Dr. Brad Wilcox

    Is Marriage Past its Prime? Dr. Brad Wilcox

    Is marriage worth it? If you've never wondered yourself, you may have had someone ask you that question. In this special teaser episode to Season 4 of Married with Benefits, hosts Shaunti Feldhahn and Brian Goins are joined by Dr. Brad Wilcox, a renowned sociologist specializing in marriage and family research. Dr. Wilcox is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, as well as the Future of Freedom Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies.

    Join us for this conversation exploring why more and more people are doubting marriage's value and what the research actually says. You'll also learn data-backed practical advice for building a happy marriage and family -- for yourself or for a friend!

    Show Notes and Resources

    Learn more and connect with Dr. Brad Wilcox

    His new book "Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization" can be purchased hereor anywhere books are sold.

    Learn more about his work and research with the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia at nationalmarriageproject.org and the Institute for Family Studies at ifstudies.org.

    FamilyLife has a brand-new course to help you strengthen your marriage and move towards more joy! The the all-new Art of Marriageis masterfully designed to inspire and equip today's couples: whether newly married, seasoned, empty nesters, or part of a blended family. And for more resources on building a happy marriage and family, check out familylife.com.

    • 39 min
    8. Is Your Sex Life Missing the Point?

    8. Is Your Sex Life Missing the Point?

    Could your sex life be missing the point? Dr. Michael Sytsma talks about why we have sex…and the key to wow-level sex that changes everything.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Download our app to listen to Brian Goins, Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn as they cover more questions.

    For more from Shaunti Feldhahn, visit Shaunti.com.

    Grab Shaunti and Dr. Sytsma's book in our shop: Secrets of Sex and Marriage: 8 Surprises That Make All the Difference.

    • 36 min
    7. When Sex is Boring

    7. When Sex is Boring

    Has your married sex coasted into the blahs? Sex therapist Dr. Michael Sytsma's got solutions to keep you both captivated in the bedroom.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Download our app to listen to Brian Goins, Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn as they cover more questions.

    For more from Shaunti Feldhahn, visit Shaunti.com.

    Grab Shaunti and Dr. Sytsma's book in our shop: Secrets of Sex and Marriage: 8 Surprises That Make All the Difference.

    • 37 min
    6. When Sex is Painful: Dr. Michael Sytsma

    6. When Sex is Painful: Dr. Michael Sytsma

    Sex can be painful in more ways than one: from trauma, to physical pain, to porn. But these don't need to doom your relationship. Sex therapist Dr. Michael Sytsma offers ideas to transform hurt to eventual healing and wholeness.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Download our app to listen to Brian Goins, Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn as they cover more questions.

    For more from Shaunti Feldhahn, visit Shaunti.com.

    Grab Shaunti and Dr. Sytsma's book in our shop: Secrets of Sex and Marriage: 8 Surprises That Make All the Difference.

    • 47 min
    5. Not Tonight? Why Good Signals Make Sexual Sparks Fly: Dr. Michael Sytsma

    5. Not Tonight? Why Good Signals Make Sexual Sparks Fly: Dr. Michael Sytsma

    Initiating or declining sex: It's tricky. Are your signals clear to your spouse? Sex therapist Dr. Michael Sytsma helps you with “not tonight” and “yes, please.”

    Show Notes and Resources

    Download our app to listen to Brian Goins, Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn as they cover more questions.

    For more from Shaunti Feldhahn, visit Shaunti.com.

    Grab Shaunti and Dr. Sytsma's book in our shop: Secrets of Sex and Marriage: 8 Surprises That Make All the Difference.

    • 33 min
    4. When Your Married Sex Life Hits a Snag

    4. When Your Married Sex Life Hits a Snag

    Wondering how to keep your married sex life sizzling—or just move around conflict or hurt? Sex therapist Dr. Michael Sytsma helps you troubleshoot.

    Show Notes and Resources

    Download our app to listen to Brian Goins, Michael Sytsma and Shaunti Feldhahn as they cover more questions.

    For more from Shaunti Feldhahn, visit Shaunti.com.

    Grab Shaunti and Dr. Sytsma's book in our shop: Secrets of Sex and Marriage: 8 Surprises That Make All the Difference.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Sean & Collette ,

Love it!

This has been an amazing podcast! The programs have helped our marriage intensely and we would not be couldn’t be happier.

writerpaintermusician ,

Married with Benefits Rocks!

Stimulating (pun intended) discussions occur when we listen to the podcast

Jefaud ,

Listened to every episode 3 times!

There is so much good information here. For over 10 years, I listen to dozens of podcasts every day. This is the only podcast that I listen to EVERY episode at least 3 times (season 3). The first two seasons I listened to every episode twice. Great stuff, guys! I will most likely listen again in your off season.

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