One of the ways we support families here at Focus is through our series of original articles, which we publish for free online each month. In case you missed them, here are links to a few of our latest articles on marriage, as well as faith and culture.

Art and the Christian: common pitfalls in a complex relationship
The relationship between the church and the arts has been complex, to say the least. Some faith traditions celebrate artistic expression, at times beyond the bounds of appropriate discernment. Others view art with grave suspicion, or at best as a carrier of information. Creative excellence gets pushed to the side; all that matters is the message. Read about a few common pitfalls we can avoid if we want to engage the arts in ways that better honour our creative God.
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A banquet, not a buffet: an outline of biblical history
The 66 books of the Bible trace a single story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration – God’s grand narrative that underlies all of history. Too often, however, readers approach the Scriptures to pick out a story here, a promise there, a moral teaching somewhere else, perhaps unaware of how that piece fits into the whole. In order to better appreciate the scope of the central narrative, as well as the mind of its divine Author, here’s a brief general outline of biblical history, touching on its main themes and events, and the books in which they’re recorded.
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Healthy individuals create healthy marriages
A thriving marriage is made of two thriving individuals building a relationship together. That would explain why the health of our marriages is ultimately determined by our individual health. We often talk about the importance of physical fitness, but we also need to be diligent about spiritual, emotional and mental fitness. But where do we start? By making one right choice at a time.
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The sacred and delightful pursuit of beauty
How can beauty be subjective and objective at the same time? What is beauty, anyway? Aesthetic philosophers have tried to define it. Ascetics have run scared from it. But for followers of Jesus, the appreciation of beauty is one of the most sacred – and delightful – pursuits that life in God’s world has to offer. Read how, for people of faith, beauty speaks to our appreciation of God himself, of his created order, and of the Gospel of his Son.
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