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How to prevent difficult conversations from turning toxic

Tim Muehlhoff - March 9, 2016

We live in an environment where disagreements turn ugly quickly, and our instinct is to return insult for insult - whether online or in person. However, responding in anger or becoming defensive results in unproductive and toxic conversations. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares a communication strategy that you can practice during disagreements to help the other person actually listen to what you are saying.


Understanding the Argument Culture

Tim Muehlhoff - March 2, 2016

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.


How to bless those who insult you

Tim Muehlhoff - February 16, 2016

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.


A Valentine that Won't Disappoint!

Biola CMR - February 9, 2016

February is the month of Valentine's Day, yet for many, it is a day of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations. Whether or not you celebrate with a loved one, try to focus your energy on a love that will live up to your expectations. Read Lori Ann Bach's devotional on the fullness of God's love and how it reaches deep into her soul especially on a day like Valentine's Day.


2 Ways to Better Your Approach to Confrontation

Tim Muehlhoff - January 19, 2016

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.


5 Healthy Habits of Happy Couples

Chris Grace - January 6, 2016

Healthy communication is one of the most telling differences between those who are happy and those who are not. Dr. Chris Grace shares 5 habits to help you develop healthy communication in your relationship.


Tense Holiday Conversations and the Third Story

Tim Muehlhoff - December 22, 2015

The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?


23 of the Best Christmas Traditions Ever, Pt. 2

Alisa Grace - December 16, 2015

In her last blog, Alisa Grace discussed some important ways holiday traditions can benefit you and your family. In this blog post, she offers you a fun list packed full of practical, creative suggestions – gleaned from real-life families like yours - for Christmas traditions that will appeal to your family no matter what age or stage of life you’re in!

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