While we may understand why speaking before listening–giving our opinion without first gathering the facts–is folly, it is interesting that the ancient writer of Proverbs would suggest that speaking before listening is shameful. Read this blog by Dr. Tim Muehlhoff to discover the top 3 barriers to effective listening and how to overcome them.
Many people say that their parents never fought in front of them, so they do not have any sort of model for conflict management in the home and often believe that they should actually do the same – and not fight in front of their kids. Read Willa's blog to discover why having healthy conflict, a fair fight, in front of your kids can actually be a good thing!
If you have kids, your schedule is most likely filled to the brim with extracurricular activities and sports, and your family is pulled in ten million different directions. Our podcast guests Dave and Ann Wilson of Kensington Church in Detroit, Michigan, share their strategies for determining priorities and developing a mission for raising their kids.
Summer is just around the corner! That means (hopefully!) a more relaxed schedule, more time for leisure activities, and the opportunity for a vacation/stay-cation. Vacations are a wonderful time to be able to relax, and to reconnect with each other, with family and friends alike. Here are some suggestions to help you in being intentional about connecting in ways that will build your relationship.
In Part 2 of this series on evil, pain and suffering, Tim addresses the difficult question: why would God even allow the possibility of evil and suffering? It is in this world of pain and evil that we—Christian and non-Christians alike—seek to cultivate flourishing marriages. What’s hard for followers of Christ is that God doesn’t always protect us, or our marriages from suffering.
To be human is to wrestle with the reality of evil. It can be deeply discouraging to couples that while in the midst of following Christ God doesn’t seem to protect or provide. Rather than running from difficult questions, we should face them. The question isn’t what should we do if our marriage, family, or friends encounter pain, or sorrow? Rather, what should we do when pain occurs? Read part 1 of this series on evil, pain and suffering.
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