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“Communication”

The Influence of Technology on Relationships, pt. 1

Chris Grace, Tim Muehlhoff - June 7, 2017

We are in the age of constant connection. It's not that technology is bad, the problem is that the poor use of it can negatively impact our relationships. While technology makes it easier to connect with those who are far from us, if not used wisely, it can also make it more difficult for us to stay connected with those who are near to us. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discuss the pros and cons of current technology and how they influence our relationships.


How Parenting Impacts Your Child, pt. 2

The Art of Relationships Podcast - May 24, 2017

Relationships are hard work, and parenting is certainly no exception. Child psychologists say that ages newborn to six are extremely formative in a child's self-identity, making it critical to establish a healthy parenting philosophy early on. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore the different seasons of parenting styles and offer practical ways to foster healthy relationships with your children. 


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.


Call a "Relational Truce" to Your Conflict

The Art of Relationships Podcast - April 12, 2017

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.


Are Your Words Rotten?

Tim Muehlhoff - February 7, 2017

Since words are powerful tools that can be used either for good or for harm, the Bible often talks about keeping our speech pure and wholesome. So how would you assess your own communication with others? In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares about an experiment in his communication class where he demonstrated the importance of keeping our speech honest and upright.


Does Your Marriage Need a Good Workout?

Don & Alex Flecky - January 24, 2017

Every marriage will undoubtedly experience times of trouble and hardship, but how do you and your spouse overcome these periods of difficulty? In today's blog, guest authors Don and Alex Flecky explore eight practical ways to keep your relationship in shape. 


The Art of Good Listening, pt. 2

The Art of Relationships Podcast - January 18, 2017

Did you know that research shows listening is the most important communication skill for interpersonal relationships and establishing a career? Yet in our fast-paced, high-tech world, it can be a challenge to listen well. In part 2 of this series, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff continue their discussion on the importance of listening and explore practical ways of setting aside time to listen to one another.


The Art of Good Listening, pt. 1

The Art of Relationships Podcast - January 4, 2017

Research shows listening is the most important communication skill for interpersonal relationships and establishing a career.  Yet in our fast-paced, high-tech world, it can be a challenge to listen well.  In part 1 of this series, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff identify common obstacles that prevent us from listening well.

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