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Shocking Marriage podcast

52 EpisodesProduced by Jerry L McColginWebsite

Boredom and complacency have become the norm in marriage today.Shocking Marriage is focused on providing married couples with practical and actionable tips to enhance their marriages. We provide "life-tested" Christian principles to help couples create the type of dynamic and exciting relationship … read more

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Build a Solid Foundation for your Marriage

November 9th, 2021


The Bible tells us to build our lives on the solid foundation of Christ's words and teachings. It's like building on a rock. Doing otherwise is like …

Desire a Shocking Marriage

November 1st, 2021


This begins a new series highlighting the book Shocking Marriage. In this, you will hear ways to strive for a better marriage that is both more fun and more satisfying.

Grow Together in Your Marriage

March 11th, 2021


Things you focus on in life get better. Things you ignore erode. That's as true in marriage as in any other area.  Be intentional in seeking out opportunities to grow together as a couple. In this episode you will hear …

What I'd Tell Myself as a Newlywed

December 17th, 2020


When I was newly married, it never occurred to me that I didn't know everything I needed to in order to have a great marriage. Forty years later, I asked a large group of people what they wish they had known as …

Interview with Sally Livingston - Licensed Marriage Therapist

December 10th, 2020


Sally shares tips and recommendations from her 27 years of being a licensed marriage therapist. Covid is tough on marriages and so are the Holidays. …

Wifeology - an Interview with Author Lisa Rae Morris

November 18th, 2020


Lisa Rae Morris has written an insightful, award winning book entitled Wifeology - A Field Guide to the Wife in Her Natural Habitat. In this …

5 Tips to Improve Communication in your Marriage

November 5th, 2020


In this fifth tip, you will learn how to listen empathically. While a challenging skill to learn, it will be well worth the effort.

5 Tips to Improve Communication in your Marriage

November 4th, 2020


In this fourth tip, you will hear why it is critical that you make time for quality conversation with your spouse

5 Tips to Improve Communication in your Marriage

November 3rd, 2020


In this third tip, you will hear why it is critical to understand the purpose of a given conversation. Your participation should not always be the …

5 Tips to Improve Communication in your Marriage

November 1st, 2020


Tip 2 in this mini series shows that not all communication is of equal importance. Learn how to distinguish, prioritize and give the proper attention to the communication in your marriage

5 Tips to Improve Communication

October 30th, 2020


In this mini-series, you will hear five great tips to improve the communication in your marriage.

Fight Fair Tip 5 - Look to the heart...

October 23rd, 2020


What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of our heart. Check yourself, where is your heart in terms of your spouse?  Also, consider their heart if you hear something in an argument that is very upsetting. Did they …

Fight Fair Tip 4 - Less You, More I

October 22nd, 2020


People get naturally defensive when they feel attacked. Learn this simple technique to get your point across without escalating the argument.

Fight Fair - Tip 3 No Absolutes

October 21st, 2020


The words we use when we argue make a big difference in the outcome. In this episode, learn how certain words escalate the situation, and an easy way to avoid them.

Fight Fair with your Spouse

October 20th, 2020


When you find yourself in conflict with your spouse, learn to focus on the issue and not on the person. Doing so gives you a common enemy (the issue) …

5 Tips to Fighting Fair with your Spouse

October 19th, 2020


These brief (3-5 minute) episodes will give tangible tips on a given topic. This first series provides specific suggestions for dealing with arguments with your spouse. Conflict is inevitable in marriage, but it need …

Develop Super Powers for Your Marriage

September 30th, 2020


You and your spouse have been called to do more than what either of you could possibly do on your own. Learn how to discover God's unique calling for …

3 Tips to Elevate Your Marriage Today!

September 17th, 2020


Every marriage can be better. It just takes intentionality and effort. Many couples desire an improved relationship, but they let other priorities get in their way, assuming they'll get back to it "someday". In this …

Connecting With Your Spouse

September 3rd, 2020


Couples in distress are "disconnected", no longer focusing on their relationship, but instead looking only to their own needs. To avoid devolving to …

Submission is Not a Four Letter Word

April 23rd, 2020


No word in marriage ministry draws more angst than the word submission. Women despise it, men use it as a theological hammer. What Paul intended when …

Appreciate Your Unique Spouse

April 17th, 2020


How many times do we get frustrated when we ask our spouse for help only to find they don't do things our way? In this episode, learn why it is important to take a step back and allow them to contribute their own …

Communication in a Pandemic

April 2nd, 2020


Being stuck in the same house for an extended period of time will try anyone's nerves. It is critical for couples to maintain effective communication - especially during these times.

Marriage during a Pandemic

March 27th, 2020


We are in the throes of a global pandemic. Families are forced to self-quarantine, stay at home and practice social distancing. This is quite a disruption to most of our routines. Even the strongest of marriages will …

How Hot is Your Marriage?

February 18th, 2020


Everybody thinks they desire a "hot" relationship. Steamy, passionate, physical... These aren't bad things, but are they sustainable? In this episode, learn how to create a bed of coals in your marriage that will keep …

2020 Vision for Your Marriage

January 30th, 2020


It's a new year and a new decade. Time to create a vision for your marriage and focus on continuous improvement in your relationship. We're planning a conference to help you do that.

Fall in Love Every Day

December 5th, 2019


In this busy holiday season, it is important to keep your marriage as a top priority. Hear how one couple intentionally falls in love everyday and …

Prioritizing Marriage

November 14th, 2019


Your spouse should be the most important person in your life. So why is it that so many put them on the back burner of life when it comes to …

Looking Forward

November 7th, 2019


Marriages that are in distress spend all of their time looking backward, assigning blame and keeping score. Healthy marriages look forward with an ongoing effort to get to a better place. Hear how to accomplish that in …

Effective Communication Part 2

October 10th, 2019


We continue the topic of effective communication this week, focusing on more subtle aspects such as non-verbal and tone. So many couples struggle with this but it doesn't have to be so hard. Become a student of your …

Effective Communication

October 3rd, 2019


Communication seems to be a huge issue in most marriages. Both spouses complain that their partner is not listening. It really boils down to a few key issues. Focus on these, and you can reduce your frustration …

Integrated, Married Life with Sean & Meghan Cody

September 12th, 2019


Sean & Meghan Cody are Millennials, but in many ways they violate all of the stereotypes. Hear the inspiring story of how one couple is running a …

Marriage Should be Outrageous Fun

August 29th, 2019


Your spouse should be your closest relationship. And you should enjoy spending time with them. Too many marriages have allowed the routine drudgery …

Cast a Vision for your Marriage

August 16th, 2019


It is easy to get consumed with our feelings. This is especially true in our marriages. If we feel good about things, we're in a good marriage. If we don't feel as good, our marriage is in trouble. Feelings naturally …

Author Stacey Greene - Surviving Infidelity

July 2nd, 2019


In this episode, Jerry interviews Stacey Greene, author of "Stronger than Broken - One couple's decision to move through an affair". Stacey provides …

Averting Infidelity

June 20th, 2019


Nobody thinks it can happen to them, until it does. People don't enter into marriage thinking they'll keep an eye out for something better, but every year thousands of marriages are wrecked when individuals decide to …

Parenting Married Kids

June 6th, 2019


We spend years doing our best to raise our kids. Then they grow up and get married. Suddenly our role in their lives change dramatically. It's tough …

How to be a Great In-Law

May 31st, 2019


Jerry sits down with his daughter-in-law to talk about setting boundaries, managing expectations and thriving in a sometimes awkward relational environment.

Marriage & Finances

May 23rd, 2019


Sex and money are the two biggest reasons cited for divorce. In this episode, see why it is so critical that both spouses are on the same page when it comes to managing money. Sure you may have a spender and a saver, …

Work Smart - Not Hard in your Marriage

May 16th, 2019


Learn three specific ways in which you can improve your relationship and minimize effort along the way. It's so much easier to be proactive and avoid problems than it is to constantly struggle to get out of them. This …

Marriage is an Investment

May 10th, 2019


Ask any financial advisor and they will tell you to invest throughout your entire career and you will have a healthy nest egg upon retirement. Marriage is the same way. If you want to have a fantastic marriage once you …

The One Flesh Blessing

May 3rd, 2019


Marriage is the only relationship described in the Bible as one flesh. Many equate this simply as a result of sex. In this episode you will hear how …

Effective Communication

April 24th, 2019


Our guest this week is Pastor Lou Rodriguez from Encounter Church in Evansville, Indiana. Lou has worked extensively with young couples both married and engaged. He has personally married over 90 couples! Lou shares …

Rainy Days in Marriage

April 19th, 2019


We all have those days when we are not excited about our spouse. We may be bored or frustrated - we just don't "feel it". This happens to every couple. In this podcast, learn how to change your perspective on those days …

Enjoying Physical Intimacy

April 12th, 2019


This episode discusses the final aspect of intimacy in marriage - physical intimacy. Sex is an important ingredient in marriage, but often times …

Satisfying Emotional Intimacy

March 29th, 2019


In this podcast, Jerry talks about the critical and fragile nature of emotional intimacy in a marriage. Couples that can satisfy each other in this regard are well set for the long-run. Those that ignore it risk …

Developing Spiritual Intimacy

March 27th, 2019


Learn what Spiritual Intimacy is, and the important role that it plays in a Shocking Marriage. You will learn how to develop it, nurture it and apply …


March 20th, 2019


In this episode you will learn the three key aspects of intimacy that support a marriage relationship. You will see how these work together, and how if any one of them suffers, the relationship will suffer as well. You …

Influencing Your Spouse

March 12th, 2019


Too much effort is expended in marriage in trying to change your spouse. It just doesn't work. You can only change yourself. Having said that, you …

Dealing with In-laws

March 6th, 2019


In this episode, Jerry talks about common issues that couples face when dealing with their in-laws, and offers practical advice on how to turn a tenuous relationship into a great one.

Take the Long View

March 1st, 2019


In this episode, Jerry provides you with a way to incorporate a long-term perspective on your marriage. He talks about the importance of not focusing on the moment, not worrying about winning arguments or exhibiting …

Fighting Complacency in your Marriage

February 21st, 2019


Complacency has become one of the biggest enemies of a Shocking Marriage. Couples start out strong, but in time begin to take each other for granted, putting other priorities ahead of their spouse. Before long, boredom …

What is a Shocking Marriage?

February 20th, 2019


In this episode, Jerry talks about the contrast between what many marriages are today in our culture and what they could and should be. He explains …

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