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Dating & Marriage

Stop Telling Girls to “Save Themselves”

Stop Telling Girls to “Save Themselves”

I recently shared an older post of mine – one I wrote shortly after I got married. It’s the story of why I waited until my wedding day to lose my virginity, and I why I did so with no regrets. Shortly after I received a comment: “I like this article, but the title indicates you lose your purity when you get married.”

This statement, though well-intentioned, reveals the problem we face in the church today. Today’s Christian culture treats virginity as equal to purity, when they are not the same thing at all.

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I Like Him. Now What?

I Like Him. Now What?

At some point or another we have felt the thrill of admiring that particular guy, whether he turns out to be our husband or just a temporary interest. But we’re in conflict: we may like him, but what do we DO about it?

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Does My Husband’s Headship Make Me Second Class?

Does My Husband’s Headship Make Me Second Class?

What does it mean for a man to be “head of the home”? Where does that even come from? Headship of husbands is a controversial issue. Headship is hotly debated in church and culture, often misunderstood, misinterpreted, and abused. But could headship be very different than what we’ve seen described thus far?

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Is Dating Just Practice for Divorce?

Is Dating Just Practice for Divorce?

A few weeks ago I received an interesting question on my weekly Q&A show on Instagram. The reader asked: “Do you think dating is just practice for divorce, like many conservative groups say?” I was a little surprised I’d never heard this before, given my own acquaintance with purity culture. It’s the perfect lay-up to the courtship conversation. And it’s a question we really need to answer in an age of temporary love.

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This Middle-Road Marriage

This Middle-Road Marriage

I'm posting this episode of the podcast a little late - it actually ran a few weeks ago. In it, Lisa and I discuss the different approaches Christians take to marriage, often summed up with the terms "complementarian" and "egalitarian". A summary of both views can be...

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