DepartmentsCenter for Marriage & Relationships
Division of Communication
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationMarshburn Annex 5


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Eastern Michigan University


While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Muehlhoff received his department's highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication and persuasion. Outside the classroom Muehlhoff and wife Noreen are frequent speakers at marriage conferences and seminars. His current project involves understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India.



  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Woods, R. Jr. (general editors). Christianity and Communication Studies: A Collected Reader. Grand Rapids, MI: Integratio Press. (Accepted for publication.)
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Langer, R. Winsome Church: Addressing Conflict before it Destroys Unity. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. (Accepted for publication.)
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2018). Defending Your Marriage: The Reality of Spiritual Battle. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Langer, R. (2017). Winsome Persuasion: Christian Influence in a Post-Christian World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Moreland, J.P. (2017) The God Conversation: Using Illustrations and Stories to Explain Your Faith 10th Anniversary Edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2014). I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2010). Marriage Forecasting: Changing the Climate of Your Relationship One Conversation at a Time. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Lewis, T. (2010). Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Moreland, J. P. (2007). The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.


  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2020). Jesus the Feminist: Integrating Biblical Social Justice and Communication Theory. In T.M. Muehlhoff & Robert Woods Jr. (Eds.). Christianity and Communication Studies: A Collected Reader. Grand Rapids, MI: Integratio Press.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2018). Peter Kreeft: Perspective-taking to Promote Religious Dialogue. In Robert Woods, Jr. & Naaman Wood (Eds.) Words and Witnesses: Communication Studies in Christian Thought from Athanasius to Desmond Tutu. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2015). Christians in the Argument Culture: Apologetics as Conversation. Sean McDowell (Ed.). A New Kind of Apologist. Irvine, CA: Harvest House.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2014). In the World: Self-disclosure as Cultural Apologetics. In Paul Gould, (Ed.). Loving God with your Mind: Essays in Honor of J.P. Moreland. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2014). Head Coverings, Jihad, and Fantasy Football: Moving Beyond the Stereotype. In Dawn O. Braithwaite & Julia T. Wood (Eds.). Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships. Belmont, 2nd ed., CA: Wadsworth.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M., Dehnam, J.P. & Honeycutt, J.M. (2013). Diverse Spirituality in the Family. In James Honeycutt, (Ed.). Diversity in Family Communication. San Diego, CA: University Readers.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2005). He Started it! Everyday Communication in Parenting. In J. T. Wood & S. Duck (Eds.). Composing Relationships: Communication in Everyday Life. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson.

Electronic Productions

  • Muehlhoff, T. M., (2010). Art of Marriage DVD series (Session 5: Marital Conflict).
  • Muehlhoff, T. M., Moreland, J.P., Koukl, G. (2009). Tactics and Persuasion [3 Volume CD Series]
  • Muehlhoff, T. M., Hazen, C., & Reynolds, J.M. (2008). The Certainty of Christian Belief in an Age of Unbelief [CD].
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2005). Ethics in Communication [CD-ROM]. In J. T. Wood, Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Journal Articles

  • Muehlhoff, T. M. (2004). Faith and Scholarship: Areas of Overlap. Journal of Communication and Religion, 27 (1), 53-57.
  • Muehlhoff, T. M. & Wood, J. T. (2002). Speaking of Marital Communication: The Marriage between Theory and Practice.Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19 (5), 613-619

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Persuasion
  • Cultural analysis
  • Rhetoric
  • Hate speech
  • Social justice
  • Marital communication
  • Gender


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Communication
  • Culture War Rhetoric
  • Debate
  • Divorce
  • Family
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Lack of Civility in Public Communication
  • Leadership
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Preaching
  • Rhetoric
  • Social Justice
  • Speech
  • Teaching
  • Workplace Issues
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