In today's polarizing society, people are often quick to take offense in disagreements. The way we communicate about our convictions has a profound impact on the quality of our conversations and relationships. Before you can practice productive ways of navigating difficult conversations, it is important to first seek to understand the argument culture.
When someone criticizes us, our instinct is to become defensive or respond in anger. In today’s polarized world, disagreements, even amongst friends, become sharp, heated and aggressive. But God calls us in 1 Peter 3 to not return evil for evil, and instead bless those who insult us. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares two practical ways to help you bless those who insult you.
If there’s an issue that’s bothering you – a friend hits a little too close to home with her jokes, a family member makes a judgmental comment about you, a co-worker slacks off, leaving you with most of the work – how do you confront the other person in a positive, humble manner? Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how to open a confrontational conversation well.
Does it ever seem like the church views singleness as a malady to be cured? For singles, do you find yourself believing that you need to be married to be truly fulfilled? How should the church view marriage and singleness, especially in light of passages like 1 Corinthians 7? In this video, Dr. Thoennes discusses this topic.
American culture has seen a huge rise in divorce rates and disillusionment in the institution of marriage. There is also a normalization and acceptance of failed marriages in the Christian culture. So why bother anymore? What is God’s plan for marriages in the “divorce culture”? How can we find biblical hope for marriage? In this video, Dr. Erik Thoennes discusses the glorious purposes of marriage.
It's one thing to recognize your hot-button issues. It's another thing to actually know how to respond well. Oftentimes, we understand what to do yet struggle with not being able to do it. We need God's help to us address these issues and bring about spiritual transformation in our lives and marriages. In this brief clip, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff poses a very important question - where do you get the power to put this knowledge into practice?
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