I am one of those people who dislikes conflict. Not to the point of avoiding it to all extremes, but it's not fun. It makes my stomach churn. Yes, conflict can enhance creativity and problem solving, and strengthen relationships as we work through disagreement. But that requires resolution to the conflict - in fact, … Continue reading My top 5 steps in resolving conflict
Apologies for the quasi-rhyme. But this is a real question that we often take for granted. Whether it’s a middle-school soccer team, a work group that is required to act like a team, or right here at iHope with our “counseling team” – what does this even mean? Here at iHope, we often refer to ourselves as a … Continue reading What does it mean to be part of a team?
How often do you genuinely and repentantly confess your sins? Confession is a huge part of the Christian life, and it is critically important to a healthy life. It impacts our emotions, our mental health, our relationships, our pride, our accurate understanding of ourselves, and our spiritual life with Christ. But confession is hard. I … Continue reading The Need for Confession in our Lives
The two most obvious, frequent, and fun elements of the Halloween holiday also tend to capture most of our attention: costumes and candy. Even teenagers (and let’s be honest, adults too) will pull out a mask or don some sort of a costume in order to enjoy a bag full of sweets at the end … Continue reading Parenting through the Sugar Rush of Halloween (or any other holiday)
It is not an easy thing to be a pastor. Don’t believe me? Just look at Scripture, look at your neighbors, and look at yourself. Scripture does not hold back on the declaration that becoming a pastor is a high calling. Pastors are called to be blameless (Titus 1:7). They are warned that “we who teach … Continue reading Show YOUR pastor appreciation today
When tragedy strikes, the ripple effect lasts far beyond what we can see. Multitudes are impacted, from family to co-workers to pastors to neighbors. Pain lingers far beyond the initial crisis moment. The ripples move outward. Every day, somewhere nearby, tragedy is occurring for someone in a very personal and painful way. This may be … Continue reading The aftermath of tragedy
The U.S.A. celebrated the Fourth of July this week – a holiday known for cook-outs, pool parties, and fireworks. This is our nation’s Independence Day! We gain value from the past when we not only reflect and remember, but when we also put into practice the lessons learned. Here are a few tidbits of history … Continue reading Looking back at the Fourth of July
However you may feel about the Girl Scouts as an organization, and whatever your current status of dieting, eliminating sugar, or other healthy eating plans… their cookies are a part of our community. And I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies. Why? I was never in the Girl Scouts. I don’t even love all … Continue reading Why I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies