June 1, 2022

Wrong interpretation of scriptures and exclusivist ideologies could bring conflicts in Hindu-Muslim marriages. However, with pluralist beliefs and true respect for others, a successful and ever-lasting relationship is possible. Read more

April 21, 2022

If men are not involved in church, enrolling in college, volunteering for military service, in the skilled trades or manufacturing, law enforcement, aviation or trucking – what are they doing? Read more

October 28, 2021

The Bible’s reference to Lot's wife “looking back” has to mean she did more than just take a little peek to satisfy her curiosity. Read more

April 21, 2021

“Weddings are back,” an event planner friend told me recently. “People are done with the postponements.” This is good news. Just as funerals are mostly for the living, so weddings are mostly for the community. They offer the opportunity for friends, family, and neighbors to hear vows and tacitly promise to support the couple in their struggles. It’s why we used to ask whether anyone objected to marriage before the couple actually said the words, “I do.” It was the... Read more

March 16, 2021

I straightened out my silver dress at the Four Seasons resort, cognizant of cameras perched on ladders and strategically placed uplighting. Six million people were about to witness this wedding on live television. It was 2014, and I was in a Santa Barbara audience chock full of reality TV stars. Some were teetering on gravity-defying heels; at least one was sporting a miniature dog in a purse. As a ghostwriter, I’ve been on a Romney presidential campaign bus, a Trump... Read more

March 2, 2021

Having a fifth child makes no sense. We already have two boys and two girls. Their bedrooms are easily sectioned. Our minivan is too small for yet another car seat and, if we’re being honest, the car won’t easily sell (you just can’t scrub five years worth of mashed Larabars out of carpet). When my husband Seth and I started dating, we talked about our future family. And today, it’s exactly how we wanted it. Even. Symmetrical. Which is why... Read more

February 17, 2021

Try spinning a dozen plates above your head while keeping them from crashing on the kitchen floor. For pandemic-era moms jumping between sinks, stoves, home schooling and (remote) work, this is closer to reality than metaphor. COVID-19 hasn’t exactly been good to women, particularly moms. Sure, we have a better chance of surviving the actual virus (two X chromosomes may boost our immune response); but juggling work calls and grocery runs — all while keeping masks tightly secured to tiny faces lest... Read more

January 28, 2021

2020 gave all of us time to relive the story of our lives and especially the relationships of our lives that are broken. It caused us to take relational inventory.  If you are anything like me, this created some incredible tension and anxiety inside of you regarding the lackluster of some of the relationships of your life. Maybe you leaned in trying to make it better. Maybe you leaned out not knowing how to make it better. Maybe you are... Read more

October 18, 2020

Your words may say you’re crazy about your spouse, but your body language may be sabotaging your love life without you even knowing. Body language says a lot about you, your relationship, and how you feel about your partner. Research suggests that negative body language is easier to pick up on than positive. The Frontiers in Psychology Journal suggests that positive emotions require stronger signals than negative ones when it comes to nonverbal flirtation. Basically, if you want to use... Read more

March 3, 2020

Years ago, my husband and I moved from Colorado to Alaska. We’d only been married for three years and it was the first time I had lived away from my family. But we were excited about the move and looked forward to exploring our breathtaking new home. My husband and I settled into jobs we liked and found a comfortable place to call home. After trying out a few churches, we found one that was a perfect fit for us.... Read more


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