By: Jon Kuhrt
When interacting with people who beg, Christians are often seen as soft touches. While we should help people in need and be as human and kind as possible, Christians need to stop being doormats.
By: Jon Kuhrt
Pope Francis recently said it's "always right" to give money to people who are begging. While helping people in need is always right, it must be done in a way that actually helps them.
By: Michael Helms
Technology has done more to divide us than unite us. There is no substitute for knowing that someone really cares what you have to say and wants to listen to you say it, even if the person has an opposing view.
By: Brent McDougal
In an already divided America, it's harder to cultivate relationships with people from different ethnic, political and social groups. Here are 6 ways you can turn that around.
By: Bill Owen
Close relationships, whether couples in marriage or members in churches, all become cold at some point. When times get tough, and they will, these steps can warm a chilled relationship.
By: Matt Sapp
Constant updates. 24/7 cable news. Alerts on our smartphones. This information overload hits all of us. Distractedness is killing our souls, but you can take steps to turn it around.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Tired of dealing with the craziness of the Christmas season? See how one church confronts it to encourage a more meaningful observance in the latest video interview from EthicsDaily.com.
By: Dennis Bickers
Smaller churches have been able to survive as well as faithfully provide ministry to their communities for decades because of their unique advantages. Here are five of them.
By: Jon Kuhrt
In most large cities, it's common to cross paths with someone begging for money, but giving money is often "killing with kindness." Here are four things you can do to help instead.
By: Zach Dawes
If you're "phubbing" - that's the term to describe people who snub others so they can check the latest alert or distraction on their cell phones - it can have serious affects on your relationships, a study says.
By: Drew Smith
While the actions of giving up private property by the early Christians may have been something radical, the reality is that these actions were actually normative for Christian identity and community.
By: Rupen Das
What does righteous mean? The average church member likely associates it with being blameless or holy. Righteous can also be understood as an obligation in the context of our social relationships.
By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.
I believe God wants to see a good, strong heart which values giving over getting, serving over being served, honesty over deception, love over hate, forgiveness over revenge, right over wrong, faithfulness over fickleness, strength over weakness, courage over fear, selflessness over selfishness, humility over arrogance, justice over favoritism and peace over war.
How does your family stack up against Jacob’s? Do you have some of the same dynamics going on? Do you see many similarities? No one inherits a perfect family or develops flawless friendships. Every relationship has its ebb and flow. Misunderstandings are inevitable and feelings get hurt. People and circumstances change and so must relationships. This is normal and natural.
By: Bill Ross
As churches serve the needs of their communities, they need to build relationships with other partners as they're listening to the needs around them and responding to the voice of God.
By: Michael Helms
Some preachers proclaim that men and women are equal before God but created for different roles. That sounds good on the surface, but it's a model that's ripe for abuse.
By: Hugh Hollowell
Mickey showed up on a Tuesday. She may look naïve, but a life of drugs and prisons made her tough. She needed a pair of steel-toed shoes for a new job. For her, this was life or death.
By: Bob Newell
Those who vociferously bemoan the disastrous decline in what was once considered polite, civil discourse might well spend a few well-chosen words of grief over the corruption of common communication.
Words have tremendous power – for harm or for good. Your words can give direction to the lost, encouragement to the broken or hope to the desperate. Think before you speak.
God has the audacity to tell us to sacrifice for our spouses, putting their needs above our own and treating the other as the more important member of the pair. Here are five ways to get started.
We don't realize how valuable everyday objects until they go missing. How much more so with people? Who are the people who have gone missing in your life? Do they need to be found?
Many of us desire a closer relationship with God. What's one of the single greatest things you can do to learn to be closer to God? Invest time in deepening your friendships.
It takes a skilled guide to navigate a boat through the twists and turns of a swamp. How much more do we need a skilled counselor to help us navigate our relationships?
When we're absorbed in our virtual worlds – answering e-mails, checking Facebook, sending tweets – how do we respond to those in the same room with us?
A peacemaker can even dry God’s tears and ease God’s troubled heart over the behavior of His children. No wonder Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
Relationships are challenging enough, but they can be even more complicated when electronic communication is thrown into the mix. Here are the dangers and the benefits.
Living is risky business and there are no guarantees.
What do you think Jesus learned from his heavenly Father? I think he learned about life, faith and relationships.
If we want to say Christ is the head of our home, then we need to understand that the way this is lived out, day in and day out, is by taking any relationship that might look like this relationship to start with (over-under, win-lose) and under Christ, they become mutual.
God calls us to be like Christ, in all things and through all things, to do everything to the glory of God through Jesus Christ.
How do you connect with Jesus and draw nourishment and strength from him? You open your heart to him and talk to him like any other friend.
What are you willing to give up for the sake of others? If Jesus, the good shepherd, was willing to “lay down” his life for those around him, what sacrifices are you willing to make?
We work a miracle of healing, we participate in the ministry of Christ, and we have relationships that are above the ordinary when we are willing to turn, to forgive, and to be forgiven as is our turn that day.
So we expect Jesus to voice the highest, and we also understand Christ to be full of grace, ready to receive us when we fail. His grace is sufficient for our every need.
In everyone’s life, there are memories of arguments and things that are said to us that are too painful to take back, things that were done to us that we are not sure we will ever get over. There are also things that we have said that we would give anything to have not said.
If you are having an argument and you feel like, I won that one. I got that. I told them, then the relationship loses. What we need to think of is serving the relationship.
What peace there would be if everybody dropped everything because they remembered somebody they needed to make amends with in order to reconcile ourselves to one another.
What does God expects of us? The good news is that God has laid out his expectations. Our relationship with Jesus is tied to our relationships with each other, especially those folks we want to avoid.
While many of us don't have the ability to influence peace on a global scale, we can still do our part to seek peacemaking opportunities that are closer to home.
What do you think are the most important things in life?
We spend our busy lives running past people and never making connections. How much more enriching can our lives be when we learn to run with people?
Every couple must travel down this road of discovery and dialogue, and when they do, they must be open and honest about what they learn.
How do you know you are being formed in the image of Christ? One bit of evidence is that you are willing to place your life, your future, and your eternal life in the secure, and loving hands of God. And along the way, you’re willing to let God be in charge of your relationship.
What are you pondering today? What mystery are you trying to understand? What decisions hang in the balance? Invite Jesus to be a part of that process. Share your story with him and pour out your heart in prayer. Ask for insight, understanding and divine guidance.
Who said following Jesus would be easy? Especially when we find ourselves disagreeing with what he had to say? And let me ask you – be honest now – do you agree with everything that was read a moment ago, what Jesus had to say in the Sermon on the Mount?
Base your living, your loving, your outlook, and your relationships on God's purposes, God's ower, and God's hope. That's betting on God.
But faith is not found in its definition, as remarkable as that definition may be. It doesn’t do any good if it stays on the pages of your Bible or is kept on your tongue. It has to translate into something beyond just the definition. Faith is not a definition, it is a relationship.
Take more risks. Live with less. Be a good neighbor. Listen to people’s stories. Be kind to strangers. Let go of control. Trust God.
Different people offer different perspectives. For pastors, different types of people can help their ministries. Here are the five types that every pastor ought to have in their congregations.
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
Lay people have a few things they'd like to say to their pastors but often don't out of respect or fear of hurting their feelings. Maybe it's time for pastors to listen to some of them. Here are seven.
The mechanistic leadership model stifled creativity, meaning and relationships for everyone except those at the top. The new organic model is built on a core of spirituality and relationships.