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Should A Man Treat A Girlfriend Like A Wife?

Chris Grace - June 6, 2017

Timing is essential in every relationship. If a couple has a firm, Christ-centered relationship and plans to get married, is it ok for him to treat her like he would a wife while they're only dating? In today’s post, Dr. Chris Grace answers the question of what is appropriate in a serious pre-engagement relationship.


How To Confront Someone Well

Biola CMR - May 31, 2017

Conflict is inevitable within every relationship, but how we confront one another is critical for the flourishing of the relationship. How do we initiate hard conversations well so that they can be fruitful and mutually beneficial? In today's video, Noreen Muehlhoff, Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dr. Erik Thoennes discuss what it means to have confrontation with the goal of edification and how that allows the relationship to go deeper. 


The Forgotten Discipline of Solitude, Pt. 3

Tim Muehlhoff - May 30, 2017

One hallmark of authentic Christian relationships is consistently putting a friend or spouse’s needs above our own, yet we are often blind to our own selfish inclinations. That's why Scripture advocates regular times of solitude and self-reflection. The problem is research shows that we don't really know how to comfortably be alone with our thoughts, choosing instead to use our smart phones and other technologies for entertainment and distraction. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff offers practical ways to engage with God in solitude and counter our negative thoughts about others with prayer.


The Forgotten Discipline of Solitude, Pt. 2

Tim Muehlhoff - May 23, 2017

One hallmark of authentic Christian relationships is consistently putting a friend or spouse’s needs above our own, yet we are often blind to our own selfish inclinations. That's why Scripture advocates regular times of solitude and self-reflection. The problem is research shows that we don't really know how to comfortably be alone with our thoughts, choosing instead to use our smart phones and other technologies for entertainment and distraction. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explores practical ways to exercise the discipline of solitude, which in turn can strengthen our relationships. 


Telltale Signs You Are In An Unhealthy Relationship

Biola CMR - May 17, 2017

A relationship can be complicated, but does that mean it's harmful? How can you know if it is or not? In today's interactive video, Dr. Chris Grace breaks down some of the top telltale signs that you may be in one. 


How to Combat Defensiveness

Ask the Expert Q&A - May 16, 2017

During conflict, it's common for people to protect themselves by become defensive - especially if they feel like they are being criticized or attacked. But it’s really a way of casting the blame on your partner. So how do you receive criticism in a productive way without becoming defensive or taking it personally? And how can you share something that's bothering you without criticizing? In today's post, Alisa Grace and Willa Williams discuss practical, healthy ways that we can share complaints without criticism or defensiveness.


Are You the Mother-in-Law You Always Hoped You'd Be?

Alisa Grace - May 9, 2017

With Mother's Day right around the corner, it seems only appropriate we commemorate mothers, and specifically mothers-in-law. Since a great deal of women will have the joy of becoming a mother-in-law someday, it's important to understand the delicate dynamic and new territory that comes with that special relationship. In today's post, Alisa Grace provides practical suggestions on how to become the best mother-in-law you always hoped you'd be.  


Perceptions of Singleness in the U.S. (and What God Thinks About It)

Biola CMR - May 3, 2017

While humans naturally long to be loved, known, and understood in a long-term relationship, statistics show that 44% of people are single in the U.S. And although we all inevitably experience a period of singleness, that does not mean we are "doomed to a life of loneliness and waiting." In today's video, Carrie Stockton explores perceptions of singleness in the U.S. and compares it to a biblical understanding of how God wants us to develop a robust life as an unmarried individual. 

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