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Gospel-Shaped Marriage

Chad and Emily Van Dixhoorn speak about Gospel Shaped Marriage: Grace for Sinners to Love Like Saints (Crossway, 2022). While many books on marriage cover the same well-trod ground and even follow a common formula, this book is distinct. Drawing from Scripture and the writings of Puritan minister William Gouge, Augustine, and others, they provide a brief assessment of the biblical design for marriage and offer real-world advice on married life from a grace-filled perspective.

Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge) is professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary and an OPC minister. He is the author of Confessing the Faith and God’s Ambassadors and editor of The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly (1643–1652).

Emily Van Dixhoorn (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a stay-at-home mom who leads and loves Bible studies and women’s retreats. Her first publication was a study guide to the book Confessing the Faith, a commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith. Chad and Emily have five children.


  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 01:38 Introducing Gospel-Shaped Marriage
  • 09:08 What to Look for in a Spouse
  • 15:53 Growing with Your Spouse
  • 19:36 Marriage and the Fourfold State
  • 28:28 The Early Morning Orange Juice Incident
  • 32:07 Gouge and Biblical Submission
  • 42:33 Serving Others Together
  • 52:37 Hopes for the Books
  • 55:01 Conclusion

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