Monday, September 17, 2012

Don't Assume Men Aren't Trying

It’s old news that we have a problem in U.S. churches. There are innumerable singles who don’t want to be single. Women are especially vocal about the issue, while men often seem disinterested. In conservative complementarian circles, women frequently feel as though their hands are tied when it comes to initiating relationships. In this context, it’s all too easy to start pointing fingers at those who have the ability to act — Look at all these single men! Why aren’t they pursuing relationships? They aren’t even trying! ...

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A Glimpse: Turtle fun

My little brother caught this turtle in our backyard. Instead of hiding in his shell, this gutsy guy kept trying to run away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Couple Complementarity

Last week, I got to catch up with an old friend from college. She spent the summer falling in love, and as we chatted over bowls of soup, she was almost bubbling over with excitement about her courtship.

I like seeing my friend so happy. But more than that, I love hearing how God-orchestrated her relationship has been. God writes beautiful stories in the lives of his people. The process my friend is going through — regardless of how it will end up — has been a witness to what can happen when people submit their lives to God and allow him to write their stories.

During our discussion, my friend told me about a conversation she had with her boyfriend’s parents. One day when they were alone, they asked her to tell them about their son, specifically asking her what his faults were. They told her they thought knowing his weaknesses may be more important than knowing his strengths...

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