A Beginner’s Guide to the Trinity

A Beginner’s Guide to the Trinity

Talk about the Trinity often makes Jews and Muslims feel uncomfortable because it sounds as if Christians believe in three gods. And many Christians themselves don’t have a clear sense of how God could be both three and one. Let me offer this beginner’s guide to the Trinity.

Is Hopelessness the Door to Hope?

Is Hopelessness the Door to Hope?

Painful feelings of disappointment and hopelessness can force us to re-examine our goals and the basis of our hope. Just doubling down on our hope and trying harder isn’t necessarily the solution.

How One Man’s Haircut Transformed China

How One Man’s Haircut Transformed China

We need to learn from Hudson Taylor’s example in separating culture from Christianity in sharing Jesus’ message of hope.

How does Bible reading make people self-righteous?

How does Bible reading make people self-righteous?

If you want to avoid becoming self-righteous, you need to read the Bible through two lenses.

The Reality of Faith Impacts Youth

The Reality of Faith Impacts Youth

With the stakes so high, we need to remember what we’re aiming for in the influence of our teen’s faith. Just making them go to church and be good is not the goal.

Wine, Weed & Christian Freedom

Wine, Weed & Christian Freedom

Will the church’s response to marijuana follow the same path as its response to wine and alcohol?

How can I parent my own children while working as a nanny?

How can I parent my own children while working as a nanny?

What the Bible says about how to be a good parent when thousands of miles separate mother and child.

5 Ways to Make Your Conflicts More Constructive

5 Ways to Make Your Conflicts More Constructive

Two weeks ago, in my post, “How to have it out without making it worse,” we began to look at Brian Orme’s advice on how to deal with conflict. We covered the things he warns to avoid in marital disputes. The reality is that there are things we can do that inevitably hurt rather than help our chances of resolving issues that come up in marriage. Today we look at the positive side: his list of things to do to make our clashes more constructive.

“If I’m angry with my spouse, can’t I ever go to bed?”

“If I’m angry with my spouse, can’t I ever go to bed?”

Last week’s post about, “How to Have It Out Without Making It Worse,” generated a lot of good interaction. One person asked about the challenge not to go to bed angry. While most people would agree with the principle, the struggle is what to do when an issue can’t be solved in one day. If I’m angry with my spouse, does that mean I can’t ever go to bed?

How to Have It Out Without Making It Worse

How to Have It Out Without Making It Worse

Marriage can be wonderful, but conflict is usually part of the equation. There are differences to work out, hurts to deal with, and misunderstandings to overcome. Some people will barge into conflict with little concern for how it hurts the other person. Other people will bottle their feelings in until they’re ready to explode. Either way, the consequences can be devastating. Learning how to deal effectively with conflict in a marriage can be helped by laying down some simple ground rules on how to fight fair. I was helped by Brian Orme’s article in this regard. He gives five do’s and five don’ts for more constructive conflicts. This week, we’ll look at the five things to avoid.