Wow Date Nights…Mission Possible?

Men, your mission—should you chose to accept it—is to create a WOW date night with your wife. Why? If you and your wife are like most: You are busy with your career(s). You are busy with your kid(s). You are busy watching or playing sports. Your marriage has become routine and lacks vision. You... -Read More

Is Your Bride Worth 8 Cattle?

  We just returned from a mission trip to Africa, visiting four safari camps in Botswana. (Our mission: relax and enjoy God’s creation.) We usually ask our married guides about their marriages because they are required to be away from their spouses for extended periods of time. Three guides had fiancées but were working... -Read More

John Hawkins, Sr. is a Seasoned Counselor You Can Trust

When faced with relational, psychological or life challenges, it’s hard to know where to turn for guidance and support you can trust. John Hawkins Sr., president and co-founder of Gateway Counseling Center, has been working with couples and families since the early seventies and has published numerous articles and works specifically addressing how to... -Read More

Kiss Me, Baby!

  Would it surprise you to learn that less than half of the world’s cultures do not engage in “romantic-sexual” kissing? That’s what researchers, Jankowiak, Volsche and Garcia reported in an article in American Anthropologist in July of this year. Of 168 cultures studied, 91 (54 percent) do not associate kissing with passion. These... -Read More

An App for “Ethical” Cheaters?

First, there was, a website for adulterers (34 million members). In March of this year a new website for the “polyamorous” launched with 50,000 members in its first month.   Poly what? Poly is Greek for “many.” Amor is Latin for “love.” The Urban Dictionary defines it as “The state of having multiple... -Read More

Does Social Media Keep Us From Making Authentic Connections?

The next time you are at a restaurant, glance around the room and see how many people are actively engaging in conversation as they share a meal together. What percentage have their heads down with the light of their cellphone reflecting off their face as they text, tweet or update their Facebook page? Social... -Read More

Craving For A Father

  Jesus tells us, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good, gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11). Are you thankful for a good father or do you feel grief and loss over the... -Read More

Marriage See, Marriage Do

Research shows parents may have more to do with marriages than first thought. Two ways parents influence marriages Presently: How they behave as in-laws (or outlaws). Growing Up: What they taught us about marriage by either active teaching or modeling (the more powerful contributor). “Kids learn more from example than from anything you say;... -Read More

Learn to Resolve Conflict and Deepen Relationships This Summer

Conflict styles Many of us did not grow up seeing our parents argue. As a result, any argument feels like the end of the relationship. In an effort to maintain the relationship, some individuals try to escape conflict through denial, flight or simply giving up on the relationship or themselves. While these responses may... -Read More