conflict

It was an accident!

by Jonathan Trotter on May 3, 2017

I never wanted to be a writer. Ever. My first article for A Life Overseas was only the second article I’d ever written. Seriously. But God retains his sense of humor, and I retain my sense of gratitude. I’m grateful for the leaders of the site who gave me the bandwidth, and I’m grateful for you, […]

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Conflict and Our Dustlikeness

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 22, 2016

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Conflict. If you’ve been in church work for long, you know what it’s like. People abound, and conflict happens. Then there’s the big blow up or the cold exit or, even scarier, the explosive exit. I’ve been in church work for a decade and a half now, and big blowups and bad exits seem to […]

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Dealing with Conflict on the Field. Or not.

by Jonathan Trotter on August 2, 2016

Let’s talk about conflict, ‘cause that’s fun. I mean, hypothetically, at some point in the (distant) future, you may or may not experience an uncomfortable disagreement with someone. Maybe. In this imagined scenario, the ensuing “discussion” could arise between you and your spouse or kids or co-workers, or maybe even — like this would ever […]

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3 Ways to Care for the Heart of Your Wife

by Jonathan Trotter on May 4, 2016

Marriage can really be a drain on missions. Marriage on the field can be a constant source of distraction, discouragement, and pain. But I hope it’s not. I’ve written before about marriage and its purpose, but today I’d like to take a step back and speak directly to husbands: my brothers. This advice is carefully […]

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Run Away! Run Away! (And Other Conflict Styles)

by Elizabeth Trotter on September 28, 2014

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I don’t like conflict. I’m scared of it. I don’t want people to be upset with me; I don’t want people to think I’m upset with them. Conflict is stressful and instills in me a strong desire to RUN AWAY. I shut down both physically and emotionally, and I fail to deal with the issue […]

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Anger Abroad

by Jonathan Trotter on September 24, 2014

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Two friends were planning to meet for lunch one day when one called to cancel, stating that she had a terrible headache. This wasn’t a typical headache, and it hurt badly. Her friend admitted that she too had a horrendous headache, and suggested they go to the ER together. (This is just one step beyond […]

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Bribery, Piracy and Police Fundraisers

by Angie Washington on April 28, 2014

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One meets road blocks on our highways. A driver stops and the man by the shack saunters out with a huge rifle perched on his hip. He glances over the vehicle and says with tired bluntness and a slight curve of a grin, “The time has come for you to pay me.” He receives the […]

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Plays well with others

by Tara Livesay on August 21, 2013

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Plays well with others Follows directions Shows respect   In elementary school, they used to have a pretty simple way of letting us know how we were doing in life, at least according to their limited observations in a few key categories. They graded us fairly simply; we were either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. When I […]

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