I’ve been meaning to tackle this subject for some time. It was reading Tim Fall’s post about the “Purity Culture’s” lists of oppressive rules that finally goaded me into collecting my thoughts.
Although it was on a different subject, Tim’s reminder that we have freedom in Christ also applies to the issue of dating.
Tim cited Colossians 2:20-23:
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
His excellent point was that heaping additional rules (especially when those rules are not against anything sinful) does not keep us from sinning. His explained that the Purity Culture is filled with the “commandments and teachings of men” and relies on list of don’ts rather than the Holy Spirit to lead/teach/convict of sin.
I highly recommend reading his post. But I’d like to build upon that and address a different subject. It is my opinion that those man-made teachings about “purity” affected the larger Christian dating culture negatively. I know other people have shared this view and even written on it before now. Continue reading
Whether last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling about same sex marriage caught you off guard or not, here are some responses I’ve found helpful in digesting and processing and attempting to answer the question: now what? Continue reading
Although I’m not yet married, I enjoy hearing the wisdom of those who are married. I particularly appreciate this piece by Jen Pollock Michel in Christianity Today (which I found linked at Challies.com). Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Before I get caught up spending my evening with one of Jane Austen’s finest stories, I have a don’t miss list for you. Continue reading
Today’s don’t miss list involves some big issues. Continue reading
The first Don’t Miss List of 2015. Continue reading
Lots of great material to pass along this week. So First Things first. Continue reading
It is Maundy Thursday so that’s where this don’t miss list will begin.
John 13:1-38 ESV “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” Continue reading
As the holidays get closer, I find my spare time disappearing. Still, this month I managed two books and started a couple new ones. Continue reading
I’ve found a little more time lately to cruise websites looking for good things to share. Here’s what got my attention: Continue reading