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2 Key Questions to Ask During Conflict

2 Key Questions to Ask During Conflict

When you are trying to work out a conflict with someone, it is helpful to ask yourself 2 questions. These questions focus on identifying and resolving the underlying needs that are fueling the conflict. Let me explain a bit more about what I mean: Usually when we have...
How Do We Love God?

How Do We Love God?

I like to evaluate my actions or behaviors through the lens of whether or not they are consistent with loving God and loving others. Loving Others I think I have a pretty good idea of what it means to love others. Loving others is difficult to do in practice. But I...
Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
Living Free To Do What You Want

Living Free To Do What You Want

When I was little, one of the most difficult decisions I wrestled with was whether or not to quit boy scouts. Looking back on it now, it seems silly. But at the time, it felt like a big deal. I probably worried about the decision for six months. The bottom line was...
I Was Here… And It Mattered

I Was Here… And It Mattered

One of my favorite restaurants growing up was Geno’s East in Chicago. It served deep-dish Chicago-style pizza, the kind of pizza with golden, crumbly, crust and tons of cheese. I could usually only eat one or two slices before I was stuffed. One of the things that was...
Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

Flowers, Bowling, and the Golden Rule

When I was little, I loved to watch the Simpsons. One of my favorite episodes focused on Marge’s birthday. Homer got her a present, but when she opened it, it was a bowling ball with the name ‘Homer’ etched into it. Homer bought a present for Marge, but he bought her...
Action: Putting Justice Into Practice

Action: Putting Justice Into Practice

This blog post is Part 12 in a 12-part blog series on Christianity and justice. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) We have reached the final step—putting justice into practice. Consider the example of Jesus—he didn’t just think about justice, talk...
Education: Increasing Knowledge

Education: Increasing Knowledge

This blog post is Part 10 in a 12-part blog series on Christianity and justice. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) As you begin with an attitude of humility, and do some thinking and exploring about what problems or injustices tug at your heart the...
People Only Change a Small Amount

People Only Change a Small Amount

I was working on a project with a work colleague the other day, and I found myself wishing she were different. We had different styles about how we approached deadlines. I wanted to get the project done pretty far ahead of time, so that I wouldn’t be stressed out as...
Cultivating Humility Part 2: Becoming Other Oriented

Cultivating Humility Part 2: Becoming Other Oriented

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to cultivate humility in your life. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) The second part of humility involves being other-oriented rather than self-focused. Humble people aren’t just focused on their...
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