Why Fostering and Maintaining Relationships Should Be Among Christians’ Core Doctrines


Some of you have been following since the beginning of this series, as I began to trace why relationships are so important to me and why I think they are also important to God. The trick of stretching this theme out over many Wednesdays, though, is that sometimes, readers might just catch one or two installments, and they might not Click here to read more.

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How Has Technology (or Other Things) Changed Society: Your Invitation to Vent, Soapbox, and Brag


I’ve been making observations left and right these last few Mondays. Among them:

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Surround Yourself With Good People

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It’s Friday. (But you knew that, right?) Here are three articles that got my attention this week. Now go. Go drink deep of your weekend.

Oh, Kristen Howerton, you said it so well. Down with firepitting!

We’ve got a new metaphor in our house to describe a bad habit that we often fall into. We’re calling it “firepitting.”


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How To Network: 10 Insights For Understanding Support Systems

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I’ve been spending Thursdays sharing great writing about friendship and community. [Read the whole category here.] Today, we continue on with a few pointers from Connected: How your friends’ friends’ friends affect everything you feel, think, and do by Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD and James H. Fowler, PhD.

The premise of the book? Beyond our own social horizons…… Click here to read more.

Bible Verses About Family: And Why Yours Might Be Bigger Than You Think

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Bible Verses About Family?

If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I think friendship should be a core value of the Christian faith. And I’ve been taking Wednesdays to explain why friendship strikes me as an important and intentional thread in the Bible. (Read the other posts in this series here.)

Last week, we talked about … Click here to read more.

Life After Divorce: Divorce’s Impact on Adult Friendship

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Life After Divorce

Every Tuesday, I’ve been sharing bullet points from some of the research behind my new book. So far I’ve passed on some initial data-points related to how both age and gender affect friendship. [Read more here.]

Today, we look at the question, “What are the biggest challenges that impact relationships?” And the answer might surprise you.

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Social Norms: Can They Be Changed for the Better?

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Over the last two weeks, we talked about how society *mysteriously* shifts a little bit at a time–almost perhaps unnoticeably [Read more about Change Blindness]. How slooooowly, we let go of old social patterns (say playing baseball in the street) and replace them with new ones (maybe playing video games inside in the air conditioning?). These tiny, incremental shifts … Click here to read more.

Surround Yourself With Good People: Positivity Spreads

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I end the week with just one simple (but far-reaching) reflection:

What kind of emotions are you injecting into the world this week? Because whatever you’re putting out there, you’re fostering more of that.

For one week in January 2013, Facebook analyzed three million posts from users’ news feeds. Linguistic software was used to determine whether an update was positive

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