Navigating Relationships

Covenanted Together: How the Body of Christ Interacts with One Another

Take a moment to think about your most recent interactions with your brothers and sisters in Christ, specifically those who are your fellow church members. What are they like? Do you talk about sports, the weather, the latest political news? Was it a sort of “Hey, how...

Two Open Letters to My Fellow Millennials About their Parents

As a middle school math teacher, I have heard many groans from teenagers about their parents. I’ve also heard a growing number of complaints from millennials, my peers, lamenting the shortcomings of their parents. Their stories primarily fall into two general...

Become A Disciple: Why You Should Make Friends With An Older Woman

How God Brought Me the Older Friends, I Needed The summer after my freshman year at college, I married, moved back to my hometown, and took college courses online. That fall when all my friends my age left for university, I experienced loneliness. We had been jumping...

Empty Nest, Full Heart

Subaru has captured the quintessential where did the time go moment. In a recent commercial...

Working Through Marital Issues

Working Through Marital Issues

Men are called five times in the English version of Ephesians 5:22-33 to love their wives. The reason men can love our wives Paul says is because of Christ. Christ bled, died, and rose so His people could be empowered by the Holy Spirit to make much of Jesus. One of...

Resolving Conflict in Your Marriage with Grace and Truth

Resolving Conflict in Your Marriage with Grace and Truth

Some married couples never deal with their issues and leave conflict hanging there as if it will magically go away on its own. I know this because I saw it in my parent’s marriage. Issues were left unresolved which resulted in more fights about other issues. Soon...

Marriage Requires Sanctification

Marriage Requires Sanctification

When my wife and I first got together over ten years ago, I thought that given how well things we’re going that married life would be a breeze. I should have known better given the marital difficulties I saw in my parents’ marriage and in that of others I knew. What I...

We Need Community

We Need Community

We went to Alaska a few years ago to visit relatives. Our cousins asked what we wanted to do during our visit. I immediately piped up, “Hiking!” They talked about a few nearby trails, casually mentioning a recent bear attack. “A bear attack?” I asked in a raised...

Practical Ways to Shepherd Our Wives to Jesus

Practical Ways to Shepherd Our Wives to Jesus

My wife and I try to read once we get into bed. We started out doing well in our Bible reading plan, but we have lost consistency in that area. My wife had a birthday a couple of months ago. Like most of her birthdays or holidays that deal with gift giving, I always...