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The Four Horsemen of Relational Apocalypse

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - January 16, 2019

Every relationship has points of tension that can evolve into fights. Couples can sometimes begin believing that disagreements and fights mean that their relationship is doomed to fail. While that isn't necessarily true, there are some signs that your relationship has taken a dangerous turn and needs to be adjusted. These four signs, outlined by marriage researcher Dr. John Gottman, are signs that your relationship may be in trouble. 


A Word To Occasionally Absent Fathers

Tim Muehlhoff - January 15, 2019

"Describe your father in one word."

One by one, the all-male audience shouted out words like "disconnected; moody; short-tempered; encouraging; quiet; distant; friend; irritable; depressed; non-engaging."  While some of the words are positive, most center on a variation of one word: absent


One-Sided Marriage: What Do I Do?

Aundrea Paxton - January 8, 2019

Dear CMR,

What if in a marriage, only one person wants to stay in the marriage and is working and fighting for the relationship to continue? What would you say to them?

Signed,

A Desperate Friend


How Hard Is Forgiveness, Really?

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - January 2, 2019


"You know you have forgiven someone when you wholeheartedly pray they would be blessed." In conflict, emotions are heightened and disagreements carry more weight. Even in the midst of deep differences, we are called to forgive people. Sometimes we are hurt by those who we are closest to. How do we own forgiveness when we need to apologize for something? How do we forgive someone when they ask for it? Walking out these steps can make forgiveness more meaningful and more restorative for your relationship.


A Different Kind of New Year's Resolution

Willa Williams - January 1, 2019

Have you heard them yet? Have you made some for yourself? New Year's resolutions go hand in hand with the start of every new year. In this blog post, Willa Williams encourages you to consider making a New Year's resolution to be kinder to people around you, rather than just being nice. Do those sound like the same thing? Try this resolution for this next year!


Create Christmas Traditions To Remember

Jessica Brest - December 25, 2018

The Christmas season is a special time of year for people everywhere! In response to the joy and suspense-filled time of year, families and friends have come up with traditions that they carry with them in order to make the season more memorable. No matter where you are this season or who you have around you, these are some traditions that you can implement into your holidays to keep this time of year festive!


Turning Conflict Into An Ally

Biola CMR - December 20, 2018

Kenny and Rylie began dating as college students and decided to get engaged. Soon, they recognized that her history of a painful past relationship and their poor communication and conflict management skills were damaging their relationship. They wanted to be intentional about building a marriage that would last a lifetime, so they sought help from the CMR.


Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Developing Healthy Views Of Yourself

Jennifer Jones - December 18, 2018

Have you ever thought of where your perspective on the world comes from? In the same way that a pair of sunglasses gives the world around you a certain color, the same is true of our psychological filters. In this article, Jennifer Jones, LMFT shares how to recognize your filters, how to begin changing negative ones for the better, and how to find God in the process. 

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