Relationships

Category Archives: Relationships

Some Thoughts for Politely Declining One-Third of a Barbecued Gopher

Since June of last year, I have been progressivly convicted by the sinful patterns of eating that are more-or-less “the air we breathe” in modern American culture. The ride has been rather bumpy. While we should all be deeply grateful that our country no longer suffers from the sort of widespread starvation that characterized the

Quick Reads and Practical Helps: ‘Experiencing Divorce’ by H. Norman Wright

In a perfect world, everyone going through the painful, trauma-filled experience of divorce would set aside time to attend a local DivorceCare support group. But, of course, the world we live in is far from perfect, and many people who could benefit from the excellent information offered as part of those weekly meetings may not

Responding to Conflict with One Eye on Jesus

If you’ve never been in conflict with someone, I would venture to say you either A) live alone in a cave, or B) are seriously self-deceived. Whenever two sinful people interact with each other, it’s inevitable that at some point there’s going to be conflict. For that reason, relationships can be hard. Even as Christians,

Modern-Day Parables: Giving ‘Eyesight’ to the Blind

Mark 4:10-12: (ESV) And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And [Jesus] said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may

Keeping Christianity Weird: Sacrifice…with a Smile

“Would you say it’s a lot of fun for others to serve alongside you?” Psalm 118:24 Proverbs 17:22 Romans 15:13 “Do the people you serve see the love of Christ motivating your actions?” Matthew 22:37-39 Romans 5:8 1 John 4:16 “When was the last time someone asked you about the hope they see in your

Follow-Through: Easy to Say, Hard to Do

It’s Holy Week once more, and in the run-up to Good Friday these past several years I have found I am annually amazed at the fact that Jesus walked into Jerusalem on Sunday, hailed as a king, and only a few short days later was shouted down as a criminal, a man for whom the

Two More Votes for ‘The Modesto Manifesto’

Mark 10:2-9 (ESV) And Pharisees came up and in order to test [Jesus] asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because