What Does It Mean To Be “Single?”

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Singleness 6 Comments

When I was a college minister I had the following interaction with both male and female students on a very frequent basis: Emily has been dating a guy for a number of years and they’re really serious. She thinks she’s going to marry him and they have their entire future planned out around one another. But one day Emily’s boyfriend …

The In-Crowd

Sharon Community, Evangelism, Friendships, Relationships 1 Comment

Cliques. This is a word that instantly generates feelings of annoyance and disdain. We all knew those girls in high school, that group in college, maybe even some people at your church right now. Few things feel worse than being excluded from those tightly-knit groups who so ably highlight our inadequacies. And that is why we hate them. I still …

A Narcissistic Generation

Sharon Pop-Culture, Relationships, Self-esteem 1 Comment

Greek mythology tells the story of a man named Narcissus who was exceptionally cruel, even to those who loved him. As a punishment from the gods for a life poorly-lived, Narcissus was cursed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Not realizing it was his own, Narcissus was so captivated by his image that …

Personal Relationship with Christ: A Heresy?

Sharon Church, Current Events, Relationships, Theology 3 Comments

This week the Episcopal Church created yet another stir at its General Conference when the presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori denounced the idea of a personal relationship with God through Christ as heresy (that is, a contradiction with the truth of Scripture and belief of the Church). She explained, “The overarching connection in all of these crises has to do with …

Equally Yoked?

Sharon Dating, Relationships, Spiritual leadership 5 Comments

What is spiritual leadership? This is a question about which there has been a great deal of confusion among Christians. Scripture teaches that we are to date and marry men who are spiritual leaders (1 Cor. 11:3), and Scripture also teaches us to date and marry men with whom we are equally yoked (2. Cor. 6:14).* The problem is that …

Intimacy By Convenience

Sharon Dating, Marriage, Relationships 2 Comments

This weekend my family is headed down to Florida to celebrate the 4th of July. My parents have a place down there, but it’s very small with only one bedroom, so usually I just stay on the sleeper couch and we all fit in just fine. However, the sleeping dynamic has gotten a little tricky now that I’m engaged. As …

To Forgive or Not to Forgive

Sharon Encouragement, Forgiveness, Relationships 6 Comments

More often than I would expect, I hear break-up stories from my college students that will go something like this… Alex and Sarah have been dating for 2 years, and even though they’re only 19 years old, they’re already talking about marriage. Everything seems just perfect! Then one summer Alex and Sarah are apart for a few months, and during …

Sleeping Over: Part 2

Sharon Purity, Relationships, Sex 14 Comments

Update: Since writing this post originally, I have posted a Part 3 that you can check out here. I hope you will! Since writing the last post, I have received a number of great questions that I want to follow up on because they are relevant to us all, and they allow me to elaborate on some of my previous …