Category: Relationships

Words Can Hurt: 8 Ways We Wound Others

2020 will be known for many things. But it won’t be remembered as the Year of Thoughtful Words. Careful and kind communication seem rare these days. In the culture, media, and the church,…

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Snapping Turtles

I hope you had a refreshing weekend.  I did, though I found myself spending a lot of time thinking about Chelydra serpentina, the common snapping turtle, which is found throughout the ponds…

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The Potential Perils of Self (ie)-Esteem

The hunt for self-esteem is everywhere. Advice on how to achieve it can be found in parenting articles, business coaching, and the self-help section of every bookstore. According to the Harvard Business Review: Self-esteem…

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Internet Outrage, Public Shaming, and the Modern-Day Pharisee Phenomenon

New York Times writer Tim Kreider coined the term, “Outrage Porn,” to describe what he sees as our culture’s insatiable search for things to be offended by. Based on hundreds of comments and…

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Types of Loneliness and the Importance of Facing It

No one wants to feel lonely. And yet, every single person does. Loneliness, along with anxiety, is one of the most basic realities of being human. Facing your loneliness takes courage. And, it’s…

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An Emotional Healing Process Everyone Should Know

Everyone deals with painful emotions from time to time. You might struggle with anger, envy, fear, or guilt. These emotions might be related to a current experience, or they might be emotions…

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We Disagree, Therefore I Need You

This week, I would like to share a few thoughts about how I believe Jesus wants his people to relate to one another on matters that are important, but that are also…

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Pursuing Presence in Isolation (Pt. 1) “A Starting Point”

I’m not one who likes to hug strangers, but the last time I went to the grocery store I had the insatiable urge to embrace everyone I passed. I didn’t, of course.…

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Don’t Compartmentalize Your Christianity

The next time you’re standing in your kitchen, bedroom, or at your desk, I want you to look at drawers. Yes, drawers. The place where you store cutlery, clothes, or staplers and…

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Hooked

byDave Mierau Captivating entertainment has never been more ubiquitous, accessible, and affordable. There’s a spiritual battle being waged over our time, attention, and affection. What we treasure determines what we desire (Matthew…

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