Making meaningful connections requires intentionality, risk and effort. But it's worth it.
What the early church can teach us about living together, and loving, as Jesus intended.
The art of creating a comfortable, cozy life
Generalizations make one narrative the only narrative, and it's time to root them out.
Bridging the gap in education while being the hands and feet of Jesus
Our Father alone, through the power of His Spirit, can use us to bring His black and white children back together.
Close friendship is an enduring bond of self-sacrifice and shared moments.
Our culture has a sickness, and only those with the immune system of Christ can be part of the cure.
The community of friends a couple surrounds themselves with can make or break the relationship.
There are five female friends every woman should have.
On some level, we can all relate to the tension over a broken friendship.
Completely independent, co-dependent or interdependent — which one are you?
Help for survivors of child abuse to return to church and begin their spiritual healing
Our friends know we love them by the way we commit to them.
If we want to be real men, we'll take the risk of being the real us in front of other guys.
Learn why counter-intuitive, counter-cultural friendships are possible and why they're so glorious.
Friendship is a huge part of life when you're single. Let's see what Scripture has to say about it.
Sometimes being a friend, or just being a Christian, means a lot of time-consuming, burden-bearing, gloriously busy, and wildly inefficient work.
While conflict can be an opportunity to grow, we too often let our passions get the best of us.
How to feed the kind of relationships where people feel secure enough to be vulnerable
My iPhone had grown on me — literally. It was attached to my hand, clinging to me like a localized infection I didn't want to cure.
Fighting in a godly way creates space for the next conflict to be successful.
Discover why self-absorbed insecurity is the enemy of healthy relationships.
Indirect communication fuels the frustration many singles have with the opposite sex.
While Jesus never dated, He did have friends. And His friendships reveal the nature of His relationships in such a way that we can imagine how He would date.
The way we raised boys in the faith 20 years ago eliminated many of the men Christian women would love to date today.
If you're one of those guys who is passively encouraging a single woman to waste her time on you when you're not romantically interested, then it's time for one of the most important breakups of your life.
Developing healthy relationships with the opposite sex is beneficial whether you're dating or waiting.
Five tips to embrace real-life relationships more than the carbon-copy versions we see online
Does it matter how you interact with the opposite sex at work?
Nine tips to keep in mind before you move, when you arrive and the days that follow.
Feminists who get offended when men open doors for them confuse chivalry with chauvinism.
Companions don’t always make good friends. David noticed the difference in Proverbs — and in his life.
How to love the people with whom we are friends or with whom we might start a friendship
Is all our texting, Facebooking and emailing bringing us closer to people or creating barriers to authentic communication?
How women can end the gender war
Seeing God's image in the men He made
A random act of kindness, though it may deliver a quick high, has little potential for furthering relationships or building the kingdom. Deliberate acts of kindness, on the other hand....
What is "mentoring" and how can you get a mentoring relationship started?
When tragedy strikes our friends, we usually try to cheer them up or comfort them. We could do better, though, just to grieve right along with them.
It doesn't take long to realize that if you're just passing through, people will only give you passing interest.
In many ways, the church is an extroverts' world. So for introverts to be effective in ministry and get more out of church, it takes some creative thinking.
Our goal as Christians is not to avoid getting into trouble. It's also not to try to get into trouble. Our goal is to get into the right kind of trouble.
Making the transition when one of you gets married can be tricky, but it's totally worth it.
The more I explore the topic of humor, the more slippery the subject becomes.
I pray that one day my friends will say, "Thank you for being such a Rat."
We spend just enough time "at church" to be religious, but nowhere near enough time to be family.
Churches are striving to keep young people coming, but their methods may be keeping young people away from what's best about church.
There are some misunderstandings out there about mentoring. Let's clear them up.
In spite of iPhones and Facebook, we're more disconnected than ever. It's time to make some offline friends.
In a consumer culture, it's easy to lose sight of what the church is for.
Hmm, I wonder, what exactly is happening to my brain?
Friendship can be an enemy, a seduction of the mind lying beyond the reach of investigation. Or not.
When I see His work in His people, I see God.
Gangstas, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sugar packets — ah, the things that come up in mentoring relationships.
If you want to know and be known, try practicing forgiveness, integrity, humility and community.
Satan is set against us. He wants to devour us by provoking our flesh, by tempting us to sin. But we can fight back.
A movie, a broken relationship and a pig reveal important principles about friendship.
You know how great it is to customize every feature on your computer, how cool it is to personalize every option? Yeah, church isn't like that at all.
We don't have to spend our time skipping along the surface of life, missing out on the richness of engaging deeply with those around us.
Insights into how to cultivate and appreciate friendships.
Despite the real risks that life in community might pose, healthy communities will ultimately give more than they take away.
Without meaningful friendships, we're more vulnerable than we think.
The church today is filled with diversity, which often breeds conflict. The Trinity may provide us the key to resolution.
Need serious help overcoming sin? Nothing works as well as brotherly, God-honoring accountability.
Nazi-era theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer inspires us to love, to the point of discomfort and even death.
After a death occurs, there are no perfect words. Perhaps the most loving response is a willingness to linger with our bereaved friend beside their loss.
Sometimes it’s harder to deal with sins in our loved ones' lives than with sin in our own.
Some people learn to boldly take initiative from everyday occurances. Others learn it on a skateboard at the top of a dry waterslide.
Why anyone who's serious about friendship will do what it takes to put down jealousy.
When Laura visits her parents' church she feels uncomfortable. Shouldn't she find a place more like her student fellowship group?
How do you deal with a tragedy? Here’s some advice from people who’ve been there.
Sometimes you can't see suicide coming. Sometimes you can -- and sometimes you can stop it.
A review of Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
College is a great time to learn lessons that aren't on the syllabus.
A new way of looking at those super-spiritual types in our lives.
No one can hurt you like a friend can. But Christina learned how to forgive; she took a lesson from the Master.
What do you do when Christians around you act just like the rest of the world? Stay the course.
If you ever feel like your new friendships are less than ideal, you're not alone. But it's not all bad, either.
No one's perfect. So why are we surprised when churches follow suit? Once you realize the body's failings, what should you do?
Leaving your family behind to go to college can be traumatic. But the friendships you form go a long way to fill the gap.
Ever tire of the party scene on campus? A housing alternative may be just what you're longing for.
When Don's roommate turns on him, Don turns to Theophilus for some advice.
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