Posts Categorized: Relationships

Our behavior is determined by our values, our values by our beliefs, and at the core of who we are, shaping how we think and act, are our relationships. Here you’ll find articles about family, friendship and marriage.

Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?

(Original post by Sean McDowell here.)Let’s face it; we live in a world saturated with sex. Our movies, music, novels, politics, and even advertisements are dominated by sex. Essentially, the celebrated view of sex in our culture is: if it feels good, do it. According to the ideas propagated by the late Hugh Hefner, and others... Read more »

Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? Interview with Author Bryan Sands.

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   I recently received a book in the mail called Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? by Bryan Sands. Given that my father launched the “Why Wait” sexual purity movement in the 1980s, when I was in my early teen years, I was curious to see what approach Sands would… Read more »

How Do We Cultivate the Art of Listening Well?

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Along with asking good questions, cultivating the art of listening well is one of the most important skills for Christians to develop today. And it is especially important for those who want to be effective apologists in our “argumentative” culture. Here are three brief reasons why: First, the… Read more »

Why Being “Blessed” is Better than Being “Happy”

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Our culture is obsessed with happiness. From the movies we watch, the purchases we make, and our obsessive use of technology and social media, it is clear that many people today live for happiness. You might be thinking, “So what? Isn’t happiness a good thing?” Well, that depends… Read more »

Societal Influences: See Yourself as God Sees You

influences

Ladies, last week in our series exploring our true identity we talked about how our parent’s view of us seriously impacted our self-portrait as we grew up. This week, let’s look at three influences outside the home that may have amplified the negative messaging we heard at home—or, conversely, overrode the God-based confidence our parents tried to instill in us. These influences… Read more »

Unmet Needs: See Yourself as God Sees You

Unmet Needs

Ladies, in this, the fourth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we’re going to look at the 10 essential emotional needs we try to get met on a daily basis: Attention, Acceptance, Appreciation, Support, Encouragement, Affection, Respect, Security, Comfort, and Approval. How might we react to life if our emotional needs are routinely unmet? Perhaps like Joanna, who summarized herself… Read more »