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A Biker with Amazing Relational Skills

By |July 31st, 2016|

Mom’s Night Out (not to be confused with Bad Moms) provides some superb examples of relational wisdom … especially by a big, tattooed biker. The movie involves three mothers who decide they need a night away from their kids. In [...]

Good Cop, Great Cop

By |March 20th, 2016|

Deputy Matt Holman saved the life of a homeless man staggering toward destruction. His name was Robert Morris. He’d lost his family, become an addict, and was living in a tent in the woods … until it was washed away [...]

Asking Parents to Give Up Their Keys

By |February 21st, 2016|

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to ask my mother and my mother-in-law to give up their car keys. Doing it with each of them on the same day (since they both lived with us) was especially [...]

Bridge of Spies

By |October 25th, 2015|

Bridge of Spies is one of the most inspirational movies I’ve seen in years. It reminds me why I went to law school -- I had a love for justice, a respect for the biblical roots of the U.S. legal [...]

Magnificent Compassion at McDonalds

By |September 27th, 2015|

Last week a young McDonald's fast-food worker named Kenny provided a magnificent example of compassion. His selfless act was described by Destiny Carreno, whose report has been viewed over 2.3 million times on Facebook and other social media. Here is [...]

The World’s Best GPS

By |September 7th, 2015|

How much do you trust God? Really? Do you trust him as much as a blind teenage racer trusts her seeing-eye dog? Sami Stoner lost her eyesight just as she entered the eighth grade. She had to face the fact [...]

Inside Out

By |June 22nd, 2015|

Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand your emotions … much less those of your teenager, spouse, coworkers or friends? Well, Disney and Pixar have just given you a vehicle to explore this issue at a whole new level. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Giving a Kidney Models RW

By |December 7th, 2014|

Before I became a lawyer, I worked as an engineer on a team that designed hemodialysis machines. While talking with patients going through dialysis, I learned how hard it is to live without a kidney. Therefore, when I heard about [...]

Don’t Slap Mom

By |September 14th, 2014|

Many adult children are slapping their elderly parents these days. Not with their hands; with their words. When mom asks a question the first time, they may respond graciously. But when she asks the same question again and again, they [...]

Preparing for the End

By |September 8th, 2014|

Every relationship ends in pain. Whether it’s with a pet, a friend, or a family member. If the relationship was wonderful, we feel a great loss. If it was terrible, we’re filled with regret. There is no way to eliminate [...]

Save 40% and then Smile

By |August 17th, 2014|

There are three things I’d like to do to put a smile on your face this week. First, I’d like to offer you a 40% discount on our online seminar, Discovering Relational Wisdom. The concepts presented in this seminar have [...]

Two Things You’re Not Designed For

By |August 10th, 2014|

There are two things you and I were never designed to experience: death and rejection. That is why they both feel so foreign and hurt so much: they are utterly contrary to what we were made for. When God created [...]

Seven Steps to Empathy

By |July 4th, 2014|

Without empathy, it’s hard to have real relationship. The good news is that since each of us is made in the image of God, we have a natural capacity for developing and exercising God-like empathy. Are you practicing this marvelous [...]

Three Examples of Empathy

By |June 28th, 2014|

(Note: this blog post has been combined with a previous post in this article, which I recommend you read instead.) Would you like to deepen your capacity for empathy? Then watch these three short video clips and ask God to [...]

The Empathy of a Dog

By |June 9th, 2014|

Dawson I recently asked my wife who demonstrates empathy more consistently: me or our dog, Dawson. Without hesitation she said, “Dawson.” She gently added, “There are times when you show wonderful empathy. But there are other times when [...]

Answers to the Quiz

By |June 1st, 2014|

Last week I posted an RW Quiz based on a short video clip about a woman in Thailand who was dying of cancer. I was impressed by the many insightful answers I received. The only problem was that I had [...]

Ready for an RW Quiz?

By |May 26th, 2014|

Today you can test your relational wisdom. All you have to do is watch a three minute video clip and answer three questions. You can keep your answers to yourself, or you can email them to me for a chance [...]

Four Ways to Defeat Hijacking

By |May 19th, 2014|

In last week’s blog, we considered a neurological/emotional process known as “hijacking.” This week we will look at four steps to defend yourself from this problem. But first, let me illustrate the behavioral signs of hijacking with a short clip [...]

Look Up

By |May 4th, 2014|

“I have four hundred and twenty-two friends, yet I’m lonely.” So starts a video clip that’s been viewed six million times in just one week—and stirred up some intense disagreement along the way. This clip has a lot to say [...]

Seven Facts About Emotions

By |April 27th, 2014|

This three minute video clip has been viewed by over four million people. Watch it and you’ll see why. (If video screen does not appear below, click here.) This short clip captures something that is common to all people at [...]

Relational Stupidity

By |April 13th, 2014|

I’ve seen a lot of foolish behavior during my thirty-two years as a professional conciliator. Like the man who divorced his lovely Christian wife to marry a woman who had already been married and divorced six times. When I asked [...]

I Am Home

By |February 23rd, 2014|

Do people feel relationally safe in your home? Your church? Your school? Your business? Is it the place they long to come to when the problems of the world seem overwhelming? Is it a haven of understanding, acceptance, and security? [...]

Use Noah’s GPS

By |February 9th, 2014|

Noah beat Garmin to the punch. Abraham got the jump on TomTom. And Moses was way ahead of Magellan. What on earth am I talking about? Navigation systems. If it’s in your car or on your phone, you know it [...]

Saving Mr. Banks

By |January 5th, 2014|

Disney’s newest movie, Saving Mr. Banks, provides an excellent opportunity for discussing relational wisdom and sharing the gospel of Christ. The movie is built around the contentious relationship between Walt Disney and Pamela L. Travers, the author of the beloved [...]


By |November 24th, 2013|

Here is an easy, painless, and guaranteed way to deal with the relational challenges of the holidays (if video screen does not appear below, click here). Actually, there is no such thing as an easy, painless, and guaranteed way to [...]