Sacred Marriage

Gary Thomas is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Smarter Families Canada Conference

It has been said that, "Love is blind. Marriage is the eye-opener." While many married couples laugh in jest at the common struggles between the sexes, more and more couples are struggling privately with their vow "till death do us part." Husband and wives in churches often suffer in silence not wanting to admit failure or that their passion is all but lost. One thing is for certain navigating the complex gauntlet of marriage is not for weak warriors.

ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University is pleased to be bringing award-winning American author Gary Thomas to be the keynote speaker at its annual Smarter Families Canada Conference. In his recent best seller Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?, which has grossed over 300,000 copies, Thomas writes, "This is a book that looks at how we can use the challenges, joys, struggles, and celebrations of marriage to draw closer to God and to grow in Christian character."

Dr. John Auxier, Acting President and Dean for Trinity Western Seminary says, "Gary Thomas is recognized as a rising star in reflecting on the relationship between spiritual wholeness and healthy family life. He will be speaking for more than five hours during the conference, including plenary sessions on 'Helping couples see marriage through God's eyes', 'Helping couples build a sacred history', and a three hour workshop on Sexuality and Holiness in Marriage, entitled 'Sexual Saints'."

In addition to Thomas's presentations the two-day conference will also offer in-depth workshops on, "Building An Affair Resistant Marriage," "Handle the Heat Without Getting Burned in Your Relationship," "How to Run Pornography Recovery Groups," and even a seminar on "Marriage Bootcamps."

Presented by ACTS Seminaries, Smarter Families Canada, now in its 7th year, aims to equip lay-leaders, pastors and Christian counsellors with practical tools to help with marriage, parenting and recovery ministries in the local church.

When asked what the impact of the weekend will be Auxier says, "We hope that Christian couples will hear God's call to improve their marriages and become marriage mentors and coaches to those around them at work, school, and the church, to the glory of God."

The Smarter Families Canada Conference takes place May 8th & 9th at the North West Building located at Trinity Western University. Registration information can be found at or by calling 604-888-7511 ext 3830.

Event at a Glance

What: Smarter Families Canada 2009 featuring keynote speaker and author of Sacred Marriage Gary Thomas
When: May 8 & 9
Time: Various (see online schedule)
Where: Trinity Western University, Northwest Building
Cost: See website for more details
Contact: Susan Mattam Tel: 604-888-7511 ext 3830 or email:

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 41undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-04-07
Author: Erin Mussolum