Relationships

7 Questions to Ask Before You Throw Down Online

Twenty years ago, it was a lot harder to get into arguments with people. For…

Your Marriage Will Be as Good as You Both Decide It Will Be

Most people know the oft-quoted stat: close to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.…

How Purity Culture Rhetoric Can Teach Men to Devalue Women

In purity rhetoric for men, women are often depicted as damsels in distress, but also…

Making the Most of Any Relationship Status

Whatever your relationship status, relationships can be consuming. Those who lack one fixate on getting…

Stop Giving This Relationship Advice

Have you ever received or given this sort of marriage advice? “Serve her in the…

4 Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in 2019. A couple of years ago my life…

5 Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making

There are so many mistakes to be made when it comes to dating and relationships.…

Why Is Christian Dating So Weird?

Christian dating can be awkward and downright weird sometimes. But let’s be fair. All dating is awkward—for…

The Real Power of Living in Community

Have you noticed the increase in cliche sayings such as, “Your vibe attracts your tribe”,…

Your Spouse Is Not Your Soulmate

It’s 6:30 in the evening, and I’m ready to pull my hair out. Chris was…

When Silence Says All the Wrong Things

I kept waiting for the phone to ring. An email. A Facebook message. Something, anything…

The One Thing No One Tells You About Getting Married

If you’ve been to a wedding, you’ve experienced the beauty of witnessing two souls binding…

How to Make Authentic Friendships in a Counterfeit World

Friends are beautiful gifts in the journey of life. Some of the greatest memories we…

7 Lies Culture Tells Us About Love and Romance

I’m rounding the final turn in my sixth year of marriage. Despite the struggles Tiffani and I faced…

Culture’s Worst Lies About Falling In Love

As a teenager, I read my fair share of Christian romance novels. They were full…

The Enneagram Question We All Need to Stop Asking

“What type do you think they are?” It’s become a dreaded question when people ask…

In a World of Frauds and Broken Promises, Who Can We Trust?

They met at a Christian university and got married, eventually settling down in Illinois and…

How Learning the 5 Love Languages Changed My Relationships

Recently, I learned a language that completely changed my life. It only took a few…

You Never Marry the Right Person

In generations past, there was far less talk about “compatibility” and finding the ideal soul-mate.…

Why Your ‘Type’ Isn’t Always Good For You

When I was single, I would often imagine what my future relationship was going to…

Forgiveness and Reconciliation: What’s the Difference?

Most of my work as a psychotherapist consists of helping individuals and couples work through…

The No. 1 Relationship Killer

I got married in the summer of 2017, and it was and still is a…

How to Survive a Holiday Dinner With People You Don’t Agree With

A few years back, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch that became an instant classic.…

5 Dating Mistakes to Stop Making in 2020

We’re just a few days away from a new year, and with the ending of…

‘All the Feels’ and How to Manage Them

I feel more than most. Maybe you can relate. One moment I’m perfectly fine and…

8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Single Friends

“It’s OK, your Prince Charming is out there!” I was told recently. Frozen smile on…

6 Ways to Avoid Early Marriage Mistakes

You’re in your first year of marriage. This is the time you imagined, prepared for…

God Has a Purpose in Your Disappointment

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” says King Solomon. Proverbs, which Solomon wrote, speak to…

Enneaneighboring: Forming Community in My Neighborhood Out of Different Types of Normal

Ann Voskamp said it in her book  The Way of Abundance, and the words sink…

9 Millennial Relationship Problems As Reported By Therapists

Life is not easy for Millennials: not only are they dealing with the legacy left…

6 Ways to Use the Enneagram To Become a Better Spouse

Are you struggling in your marriage? I know from experience that it’s all too easy…

Study: Half of Christian Young Adults Don’t Think It’s Right to Date Non-believers

The group Teleios Research have released the findings of a new study that asked nearly…

Two Words That Could End Your Marriage

Just over five years ago I stood on the stage of a dimly lit chapel…

The Big Lie Everyone Believes About Having Kids

About a week before I found out that I was pregnant with my first child,…

All Jobs Are ‘in the Ministry’

From the time we are old enough to form sentences, we are asked to articulate…

This Church Married 24 Cohabiting Couples for Free at a Mass Wedding

A few weeks ago, Dallas’ Concord Church held its fourth “Grand Wedding.” The idea is…

Are You in a Toxic Friendship?

In the recent decade, I’ve witnessed tragic instances of broken relationships and detrimental rifts within…

How to Grieve With People Who Are Suffering

Have you ever felt unsure of what to do as you watched a friend grieve…

12 Things Every Healthy Dating Relationship Needs

We’re entering the holiday season, which is both good and bad. Good, because we get…

Things It’s OK to Feel When You’re Single

Singles are staying single longer and longer. Advicers are dishing advice quicker and quicker. If…