Relationships

What mutual submission looks like in practice

What mutual submission looks like in practice

Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s...
How to “make time” for the people in your life

How to “make time” for the people in your life

More people in your life than time to see them is a fortunate tension. The tension is a blessed one because we’re fortunate to be loved, needed, wanted or candidly, have anyone seek us out and want some time. That’s not overly self-deprecating, it’s a healthy...
​Whose neighbor are you?

​Whose neighbor are you?

One day, a rule-bound lawyer, hoping to get a checklist to prove he was good enough, approached Jesus and asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10) Like a wise rabbi, Jesus didn’t give an answer, but countered the question with his...
​Your inner Judith

​Your inner Judith

My sisters, not my blood sisters (I don’t have any of those), but my soul sisters and I visited an art museum together last spring. When I’m around these two beautiful women, I feel heard. I feel known. There is no pretense and no anxiety. These two women...
​Healed from your view of healing

​Healed from your view of healing

Tears began to form in the corners of her eyes as she stopped mid-sentence to compose herself. “It’s over. It’s not fair. I just wish God would heal this relationship.” Her jaw clenched a bit as her facial expression shifted from sad to...
​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

It was like a scene out of a movie: Last Saturday, I was washing my hands in the ladies’ room when I overheard a woman exclaim to a gaggle of her friends, “Oh my, that doctor speaker! Usually I hate sitting through graduation ceremonies, but . . .”...
Easter joy

Easter joy

A political contender was recently asked a couple of important questions: who he consults with when it comes to running the country and seeking advice on foreign policy. His answer made me roll my eyes and shake my head, wondering why so many people seem to think he...
Enjoy life!

Enjoy life!

Enjoy life! That’s what the checkout person said as I pushed my grocery cart out of his lane. How did he know? How did he know he was saying that on the precise day I said, “Enjoy heaven!” to my wife two years earlier? Frankly, I didn’t want to...
The day I took my ring off

The day I took my ring off

Recently, my dog scratched my hand and lower arm. My hand was sore, so I took off my wedding ring until it started feeling better. If you’ve ever had your ring off, or any item that you wear with great regularity, you know the feeling that something is missing....