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I’m A New Dad!

Imagine a nice middle-aged woman walking up to you on the street. She hands you a baby girl and says, “She’s yours now, take good care of her!” Standing there, holding that baby, you’d probably be feeling a few different things – baffled, confused and fundamentally, totally, out of your depth. That’s pretty much what I was feeling the first...

3 Things You Need To Do Before Starting a Long-Distance Relationship

Two months after Renée and I started dating, I moved 600kms away from her. For the next 5 months, our relationship was long–distance. We connected mostly over video calls, saw each other in-person once a month, and missed each other a lot. At the time, I didn’t really know what it meant to be starting a long-distance relationship, nor did...

How Do I Talk To My Partner About The Future?

Whenever I’m writing a new article, I’ll take a few minutes to do a quick Google search and see what’s out there. If you ask Google the question, “How Do I Talk To My Partner About The Future?” some of the titles on the first page include: “How to talk about the future with your partner in a way that...

Why Are Adult Friendships So Hard?

Over the past three years I’ve lived in three different countries. This, I’ve learnt, is an excellent way to get rid of excess “stuff.” When you’ve only got two suitcase's worth of luggage, it’s easy to say goodbye to that sweater you never wear or the book series you finished three years ago. It’s also a good way to get...

How To Talk To Your Partner About Past Relationships

By the time Renée and I got engaged, we’d known each other for over 10 years. We first met at high school, had dated a couple of times during that period and we remained in varying degrees of contact in the years after.

Are We Too Distracted to Pray?

Fifty. That’s the number of times I pick up my phone each day. According to one study, it’s actually 46 fewer times per day than the average person. I’ll pick my phone up when I get a notification, when I need a small piece of information or when I want a distraction. Truth be told, I pick it up far...

10 Rules For Resolving Conflict In A Relationship

If you get your relationship inspiration from Instagram, you could be forgiven for thinking that the best relationships are conflict-free. We get sold a depiction of #relationshipgoals where couples are too busy taking photos in the sunset together to be fighting with each other.

What’s The Deal With Emotional Boundaries?

If you’ve been involved with Christian dating culture for more than a week, you’ve probably heard some variation of the term “emotional boundaries,” “emotional chastity” or “guarding your heart.” Emotional boundaries are like the Loch Ness monster of Christian dating. Everyone’s heard of them, but no one knows exactly what they look like or whether they’re even a real thing.

Why Church Online Just Ain’t The Same

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught me, it’s how much I can do from the comfort of my couch. I can work, order groceries, video chat with family far away, write this blog post and even ‘attend’ church. Church online is nothing new. Hillsong has an Online Campus with a specially designated Online Pastor (whose entire role, I can...

How Do I Talk To My Partner About Money?

In any long-term relationship, you’re going to have the occasional unpleasant conversation. In the two-and-a-half years Renée and I have been together we’ve had our fair share, covering disagreements, family dramas and even past relationships. But without a doubt, the most unpleasant conversation we’ve ever had was the first time we talked about money.