life

7 Things All Great Friends Do

It wasn’t until I had moved back to my hometown, post-graduation, and had to start…

Knowing Your Self-Worth Is a Commandment

For many Christians, the idea of loving yourself is one we either shy away from…

The Secret to Creating Friendships That Last

In a world bloated with quick fixes, instant gratification and social media profiles, it can…

5 Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making

There are so many mistakes to be made when it comes to dating and relationships.…

Why We Should Take Fun Seriously

I love to have fun, but sometimes I feel a little guilt about it. It…

11 Questions Every Twentysomething Should Ask

Your 20s can be a rough time. You graduate college. You get a job—not necessarily…

12 Wendell Berry Quotes That Will Give You a Fresh Perspective

In the last 50 years or so, Wendell Berry’s name has become almost synonymous with…

12 Things Every Healthy Dating Relationship Needs

We’re entering the holiday season, which is both good and bad. Good, because we get…

3 Things True Love Is Not

No other word in human language has been misconstrued, mistrusted, celebrated, worshipped and cursed more…

Things It’s OK to Feel When You’re Single

Singles are staying single longer and longer. Advicers are dishing advice quicker and quicker. If…

How to Live in Community That Has Let You Down

In our society, we talk about a lot about community. Ever since the nineties, when…

Why Porn Can’t Deliver On Its Promise

The other day, I grabbed coffee with a friend. We talked about our lives. And…

God Doesn’t Want You to Beat Yourself Up for Messing Up

  Yesterday, I opened a kitchen cabinet, and sitting right there on the bottom shelf…

The Secret Enemy in Your Marriage

We had been married just over a year. After another demanding week at work, neither…

No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason

We’ve all received that phrase “everything happens for a reason” personally gift-wrapped by well-meaning friends, caring loved…

Before You Just Quit, Ask These Questions

My friend Wendy is a therapist. It’s a good thing to have a friend who…

6 Myths Too Many Twentysomethings Believe About Purpose

Like just about everyone, you want your life to make an impact. But for twentysomethings,…

Have We Made an Idol Out of Sexual Purity?

I’ll never forget the look on her face as she shared the story of her…

How to Find the Beauty in a ‘Boring’ Marriage

The first challenge most marriages must endure does not come from trials and tribulation, but…

More Than a Three-Day Weekend

All the American flags in our town were flying at half-staff last August, and for…

Want to Get Your Dream Job? Do These 4 Things

The world has fundamentally changed since the great recession of 2008. In 2013 alone, 77…

Why There’s No Such Thing As a Soul Mate

I got an email from a young man who was feeling frustrated with relationships. He…

No, You Don’t Need a Spouse to Complete You

I remember being in 6th grade and watching some cheesy family movie where the princess…

OK, Let’s Stop With All the Talk About ‘Smokin’ Hot’ Wives

Four hundred years ago, Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet and coined the phrases “star-crossed lovers”…

What Sexuality Looks Like if You’re Single

The Church has a lot—a lot—to say about healthy sexuality within marriage. But what about…

Why Bad Feelings Can Be Good for You

When one of our pastors asked how we were doing, I gave him the sanitized,…

We Still Have to Honor Our Parents When We Grow Up

When a friend in her 50s began to share a prayer request about her adult…

The Case Against Love at First Sight

The first time I met my husband, it was about as far from “love at…

3 Tough Things About the First Year of Marriage

“So, how’s married life?” It was the question everyone asked us, and one that always…