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Two Stubborn Scientists

By |May 25th, 2015|

I love it when ordinary Christians use simple biblical principles to solve relational problems that have stumped corporate presidents and highly trained professionals.

That’s exactly what a woman named Diane did when two coworkers were about to lose their jobs. […]

Wired to Worry, Equipped to Preach

By |May 18th, 2015|

A friend may be writing a letter to me that I might not like. Although we’ve talked repeatedly, there are tensions between us that are still not resolved.

Yesterday another acquaintance said my friend is composing a letter to me. […]

If Your Enemy Needs Electricity

By |May 14th, 2015|

Rich, a dear friend of mine, had a horrible conflict with his neighbor, Cynthia. A property line dispute that began with debates in the back yard had evolved into heated arguments. Eventually Cynthia filed a lawsuit.

As a trained peacemaker, […]

Five Ways to Bless Your Mother Next Sunday

By |May 3rd, 2015|

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you’re tired of doing the same “card and gift” routine, allow me to suggest something that your mother will remember the rest of her life.

Since she devoted much of her life to serving […]

Your Amazing Brain

By |April 27th, 2015|

When a pastor steps into a pulpit, he usually has two general goals in mind: to change the way people think and to change the way they behave.

The pivotal human organ for both goals is the brain. And yet […]

Going Global

By |April 17th, 2015|

Relational turmoil is undermining the witness of Christians all around the world.

Family strife and divorce, church splits, workplace conflict, lawsuits between Christians, and clashes with neighbors of other faiths weaken our credibility and slow the advance of Christ’s kingdom.

You […]

Breathe Grace

By |April 13th, 2015|

Highly relational people love to breathe grace.

They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then they breathe his love, kindness and wisdom into all of their relationships.

This is what the Apostle Paul had in mind […]

An Exciting New Partnership

By |April 4th, 2015|

I’m pleased to announce the formation of a new ministry partnership with Crossroads Resolution Group LLC. This relationship expands our ability to provide churches, ministries, and businesses with professional, biblically-grounded conflict resolution services.

CRG is led by two gifted conciliators […]

Resurrecting Dead Relationships

By |March 29th, 2015|

A young couple headed for divorce because of adultery came into my office one day. They picked the perfect week … the week before Easter.

To learn why this week has always been my favorite time to start divorce mediations […]

Have You Ever Been This Kind?

By |March 22nd, 2015|

When was the last time you did something that was so amazingly kind that others will remember your actions the rest of their lives?

If it’s been awhile, I encourage you to take two minutes to watch a video clip […]

Manipulative Double Messages

By |March 16th, 2015|

One of the most effective ways to undermine a relationship is to use double-messages to manipulate other people.

This all-too-common process was perfectly illustrated in a recent edition of Baby Blues, one of my favorite cartoon strips.

Wanda has clearly mastered […]

Redeeming Your Weaknesses

By |March 9th, 2015|

To find your greatest weakness, first identify your greatest strength and then look right behind it.

That’s one of the tragic results of sin: it twists our strengths into weaknesses, just as (-1) x 100 becomes -100.

Are you highly intelligent […]

G’Day Mate!

By |March 1st, 2015|

I had the privilege of spending the last week with some delightful brothers and sisters in Christ “Down Under.”

During my time in Australia, I spoke to the student body at Queensland Theological Seminary, taught for two days at the […]

RW in McFarland, U.S.A.

By |February 23rd, 2015|

If you’d like to see some vivid examples of relational wisdom, be sure to see Disney’s latest release, McFarland, U.S.A.

The movie is based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly Mexican-American high school […]

How Did You Experience Me?

By |February 13th, 2015|

One of the hardest and yet most profitable questions you can ever ask another person is …

“How did you experience me?”

In other words …

“Please tell me how I made you feel and what you were thinking about me during […]

The Three Faces of Fear

By |February 8th, 2015|

Fear usually triggers one of three reactions: control, anger or withdrawal (the latter two actually being forms of the first).

This is a key insight for improving both your self-awareness and your other-awareness: whenever you encounter control, anger, or withdrawal, […]

Embarrassing Sin, Comforting Forgiveness

By |January 30th, 2015|

I recently sent out an impulsive and sin-tainted email to a group of people whom I dearly love.

Two brothers quickly and gently confronted me. I then had the humbling experience of emailing a detailed confession to the same group […]

Four Elements of Effective Church Planning

By |January 22nd, 2015|

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Any time we make plans that impact a group of people—whether it’s our church, ministry, business or even our family—we have the opportunity to deepen and enrich our relationships, both with God and […]

Five Ways RW Benefits Church Planters

By |January 19th, 2015|

I had the privilege of spending the last three days with 200 men and women who are passionate about planting churches in southern California. We gathered at a leadership conference sponsored by Acts 29, a global network of church-planting […]

Turning Assault into Reconciliation

By |January 11th, 2015|

One of the most dramatic reconciliations I ever witnessed involved five brothers and a sister who were fighting over their parents’ estate. Their relationship had deteriorated so badly that one brother nearly assaulted his siblings with a baseball bat.

But […]