My husband loves to ask other Christians, “What are you reading in the Bible?” It seems like a reasonable question, but time and time again I have seen other Christians react to this with discomfort. I’m not sure if...
When a healthy person enters a dysfunctional environment, the abuser often begins to feel threatened. They’ve likely spent a lifetime controlling others through manipulation and anger. They may not know another way to relate. They may, in fact, have...
This last and final suggestion may be the most difficult one to take. I say this as someone who has taken many risks in developing meaningful friendships. Sometimes when we reach out to another woman there is a potential...
As white Christians, we need to spend time learning about the issues. We need to seek out black authors, pastors, theologians, activists, community leaders and speakers. We need to read their work, listen to their sermons, hear their grievances. We...
7. Choose Joy In this life, no one is exempt from experiencing pain. Sometimes the pain we experience deceives us into thinking that our pain is much worse than that of another. Whereas this may be true, we must accept...
Deep, lasting stress makes a mark on a marriage. Life’s troubles either wound and divide us, or they pull us together as a couple. How can a husband and wife encourage one another? Why does stress create friction and...
I can’t even imagine the uproar this would have caused among the people! They would have been floored by such a proclamation. The religious elite would have been outraged. This statement went against so much of what their culture...
Racial reconciliation has been a hot topic in recent years, not just in Christian circles. The phrase itself may evoke a range of emotions in people, but at its heart the practice of racial reconciliation is complicated, messy and...
Even as painful as toxic relationships can be, they can be even more painful to let go of. Here are 10 ways to invite God's healing into your life. Angrily, I set out alone at midnight to retrieve my car...
It always amazes me—the toxic pull a “bad boy” image has on the hearts of women, especially on the young and naive. But as we mature, we should recognize the danger of being drawn to this type of personality....