As discussed in our previous podcast, calling a "relational truce" means designating a period of time where you agree not to talk about the issue that is causing conflict. While it can be beneficial to a relationship, there can also be negative consequences to this method of conflict resolution. In today's podcast Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff continue their discussion on relational truces, specifically focusing on how to avoid pitfalls of these truces.
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 discusses how setting aside these distractions for meaningful times of solitude with God empowers us to live out His difficult call to truly live unselfishly.
It's natural for us to be more comfortable hanging out with peers our own age and life stage, but the Bible repeatedly emphasizes the richness of intergenerational friendships. What are some practical ways to initiate relationships with people both younger and older than us? In today's video, Dr. Donna Thoennes explores biblical passages that call for discipleship within these intergenerational friendships.
Couples entering the "empty nest" stage have usually been married for a while and may be stuck in a relational rut. What are some ways to rekindle your marriage and bring some freshness back? In today's post, Alisa Grace discusses why this is the perfect opportunity to spice things up by getting reacquainted with each other again!
Establishing and cultivating a healthy "relationship climate" can be hard work, especially in the midst of a disagreement. When couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, they can make mistakes that hurt the climate of their relationship. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore Proverbs to discuss the concept of a "relational truce" and how to apply it when working through conflict within a marriage.
It is not uncommon for couples to have significantly different attitudes about money, leaving one confused at the financial decisions of the other. It's vital for couples to identify and understand each other's "money world," and then use that information to actually grow closer together. In today's blog, Shane Enete, Assistant Professor of Finance at Biola, looks at various approaches to finances and explores different tactics to help couples find a middle ground with their money.
Today's culture can cause unrealistic expectations about romance through movies that emphasize fairytale endings and true-love-overcomes-all themes. In reality, studies show that the main ingredient to a successful marriage is core compatibility; therefore, it's important to evaluate and establish this compatibility before making the decision to get engaged. In today's video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discusses vital questions to ask while dating that will help you make this important decision.
The decision to get married is an important commitment that you want approach with confidence. While there is no exhaustive check-off list, there are some practical areas to evaluate in the relationship before popping the question. In today's blog, Alisa Grace covers a few of those areas to help you determine when you are ready to get engaged.
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