3 PROMISES FOR EVERY WOMAN THIS MOTHER'S DAY

Mother’s Day stirs up so many different emotions for us. Becoming a mother is one of the most gratifying aspects of life. Having children is a lifelong journey of laughter, tears, duty, and delight, with endless opportunities to learn something new each day. For many, though, Mother’s Day is a deeply painful holiday.

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3 THINGS SINGLE PARENTS WISH YOU KNEW

A couple of years ago, someone asked me, “What’s it like for you as a single parent?” I teared up instantly. The feelings of being adrift after the shipwreck of my marriage and the struggles of raising my daughter alone over the last decade all flooded back in...

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7 DOS & DONT'S OF PASTORING SINGLES

“The assumptions are really what kill. It’s almost always assumed singles are either dying of loneliness or burning with lust.” Nodding, eager to hear more, I thought back on similar accounts from singles in different churches. By trying to listen and learn from singles—young, old, male, female, divorced, widowed, working, students, seminarians—my goal was to get the inside scoop on their experience as singles in the church.

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7 MYTHS ABOUT SINGLENESS

While singleness is often widely misunderstood by many in the church today and often viewed in negative terms, the Bible speaks about it very differently. This book sets forth a positive vision of singleness by responding to 7 common misconceptions, such as the notion that singleness is too hard, requires a special spiritual gift, is a hindrance to ministry, or is a waste of sexuality. Addressed to the church as a whole and written by a single pastor, 7 Myths about Singleness will help readers better understand, support, and empower the singles around them to contribute to the flourishing of the church as a whole

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7 WAYS TO NAVIGATE A SEXUALLY SHIFTING CULTURE

Sam Allberry speaks on costly discipleship in a rapidly changing culture

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9 WAYS TO PASTOR THOSE LONGING FOR MARRIAGE

Shepherding single Christians who desire marriage and battle discontentment is not always easy, but it is a privilege. And it is a stewardship entrusted to every pastor. Here are nine things to teach and emphasize to discontented singles in your church.

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A FRESH LOOK AT 1 CORINTHIANS 7

In a story polished to a fine gleam by Disney, pop music and the rolling fairytale of our Instagram feed, we are told that the destination we are all heading for and the only thing that will complete us is our soul mate. Marriage, in this narrative is an idol. And when the story goes off course, it leaves us feeling empty and hopeless. But Paul has a different story to tell us in 1 Corinthians 7, one that gives us a blueprint for greater contentment: stay where you are; serve God where you are.

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A GOSPEL-CENTERED FRAMEWORK FOR MINISTERING TO LONELY PEOPLE

The trend line of growing isolation and singleness is clear. So, how will the local church minister to growing numbers of people who remain single? How will pastors and elders serve congregations of believers for whom being single doesn’t just mean being unmarried, but being alone

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A SINGLE HOME... FOR ALL

The fact that “home” is so often the location of such inner turmoil for single Christians can actually be a great blessing. In fact, in it is precisely one sense in which we unmarried Christians are called to faithfully exhort, encourage and even (lovingly) rebuke our married brothers and sisters in Christ.

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A THEOLOGY OF SEXUALITY

Elective from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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ARE WE REALLY IN DANGER OF MAKING AN IDOL OF THE FAMILY?

“One of the acceptable idolatries among evangelical Christians is the idolatry of the family.” That’s what I tweeted last week. To be honest, I didn’t think much about it. I’ve said similar things in sermons for the past decade, and I’ve tweeted similar things before. But this time—I was later told by friends who track with Twitter more closely than I do—the statement took on a life of its own as this one sentence was liked 1,600 times and bandied about on social media for the next few days. Unknown to me, I was (depending on who you ask) suddenly saying something wonderfully courageous or terribly misguided.

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BEING SINGLE & BEING CHRISTIAN

f your church is like most churches, around a third of the people sitting in the congregation on any given Sunday are single. Some have never married; others are widows, widowers or divorcees. What’s it like being single and Christian? How can we think biblically about the subject? And how can churches minister more effectively to the many single people in their midst? Dani Treweek is currently doing some postgraduate research into these questions, and she joins us in this episode not only to share some of her personal experience of being single (and ministering to other singles), but to give us a sneak peak at the results of her research.

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BEING SINGLE & BEING CHRISTIAN

If your church is like most churches, around a third of the people sitting in the congregation on any given Sunday are single. Some have never married; others are widows, widowers or divorcees. What’s it like being single and Christian? How can we think biblically about the subject? And how can churches minister more effectively to the many single people in their midst? Dani Treweek is currently doing some postgraduate research into these questions, and she joins us in this episode not only to share some of her personal experience of being single (and ministering to other singles), but to give us a sneak peak at the results of her research.

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BEING SINGLE IN MINISTRY

Three personal testimonies about singleness and minsitry

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BEING SINGLE IN MINISTRY

Three personal testimonies about singleness and minsitry

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BREAKING THE MARRIAGE IDOL: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms

Should all Christians be married?Although we might quickly respond "no," our cultural stories and norms—including those in the church—often communicate "yes."Theologian and husband Kutter Callaway considers why marriage, which is a blessing from God, shouldn't be expected or required of all Christians. Through an examination of Scripture, cultural analysis, and personal accounts, he reflects on how our narratives have limited our understanding of marriage and obscured our view of the life-giving and kingdom-serving roles of single people in the church.In doing so, Callaway helps the church craft a new story that transforms the way we look at marriage and affirms the contributions of all to the body of Christ.

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BUT... WHAT'S WRONG WITH MARRYING A NON-CHRISTIAN

In a world (and a church) which so often idealises romance, sex, and marriage what are we to make of the Bible's teaching about Jesus' disciples not marrying a non-Christian? And does it really apply to us today? If you're single, come along as we carefully & sensitively tackle this thorny question together. If you're married, join us so that you can learn how to better love your single friends who are grappling with this difficult question.

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CAN A SINGLE PERSON FULLY IMAGE GOD?

My short answer is, yes. However, the explanation as to why this is so requires a whole-Bible answer since on the surface, the answer seems to be no. This is especially the case if you limit your discussion to the creation story and the OT covenants.

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CAN CHRISTIAN MARRY NON-CHRISTIANS? A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY

“It feels so right, so right. How can it be wrong?” These words were written by Ben Weisman to be sung by Elvis Presley, but I’ve often heard a variation of them by unmarried Christians beginning to get romantically involved with a non-Christian.

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CAN I EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITHOUT SEX?

Sam Allberry—TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—reflects on modern notions of intimacy, and expounds the biblical view of intimacy found in married relationships as well as deep friendships.

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CAN I EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITHOUT SEX?

Sam Allberry—TGC editor and author of ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’—reflects on modern notions of intimacy, and expounds the biblical view of intimacy found in married relationships as well as deep friendships.

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CAN SINGLE MEN SERVE AS ELDERS

So, let’s get to the question at hand: can single men serve as elders, or must they be “filtered out” for not meeting the “husband of one wife” qualification (1 Tim. 3:2; Tit. 1:6)? In short, I believe filtering out single men is overly restrictive, and therefore causes churches to miss out on some rich blessings the Lord has given.

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CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT SEX: Q&A

Following our recent livestreamed event on the topic of “Can we live without sex?”, many questions around the subject were raised. In this special episode, we welcome back our guest speakers, Dani Treweek and Chris Thomson, to answer some practical questions related to living without sex

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CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT SEX?

On Wednesday 19 August 2020, we held a special event on the topic of “Can we live without sex?” with Dani Treweek and Chris Thomson. During the evening, Dani spoke on whether life without sex is actually good. Chris spoke about whether life without sex is actually realistic for Christians. In the final part of the evening, Dani and Chris, along with Chase Kuhn, answered some questions posed by the audience.

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CELEBRATING SINGLENESS

We say that we as a community celebrate single people, but when do those celebrations actually happen? Tolerating or even valuing something isn’t the same thing as celebrating it. [...] Our churches might value single people—but how are we celebrating them?

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CHASTE CHRISTIAN SINGLENESS TODAY

Sexually chaste Christian singles are such an important resource for the church today. As contemporary Western culture drifts further and further from its Christian past, sexual self-satisfaction has become the goal of life. Culture battles over same-sex “marriage”, issues of gender and transgender identity, and even the ruckus about the aggressive promotion of gender fluidity by the Safe Schools Coalition, all stem from one source: the assumption that that in order to be a complete, whole, healthy human being, we need to be sexually satisfied

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CHURCH: DON'T SET UP YOUR 'SINGLES'

There’s a problem with the internet. For every great article/blog post/comment you read, there’s at least a million not-so-great ones that you have to sift through to get there. You don’t even really need to go looking for them. More often than not you’ll find them in such places as your Facebook feed. That’s what happens to me.

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DECLARING MYSELF SINGLE

For various reasons, I will be staying single. But about a year ago, I decided that my choice needed to be a more declarative commitment. I didn’t want to sit quietly in the grey area of life.

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DIAGNOSING SINGLENESS

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DIAGNOSING SINGLENESS

A talk given by Single Minded Conference's chairwoman, Dani Treweek, at the 2017 Liberty Christian Ministries Conference

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DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS FOR MINISTERING TO SINGLES

Below, I’ve compiled the questions women most often ask me. Pastor, as you are preaching through the Scriptures and thinking about applying the text, you might consider whether your text addresses questions like these. If you dealt with one a week for a year, consider how equipped single people would be!

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DID PAUL PREFER SINGLENESS?

Given the cultural climate in the United States, it’s surprising to see how positively Paul speaks about being single. He wishes all people were single (1 Cor. 7:6) and counsels widows to remain single if possible (1 Cor. 7:8). Singleness is preferred because of “the present distress” (1 Cor. 7:26, CSB), and those who aren’t married are advised not to “seek a wife” (1 Cor. 7:28).

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EMPTY TABLES: SINGLENESS & BARENNESS

There are moments in our lives when we have startling clarity about a painful memory or circumstance in which we find ourselves. It is at times only a moment, and other times it shakes us so deeply we know we'll remember it from then on. There was a moment like this for me in 2012.

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EVERY LOVE THAT SLIPPED AWAY

Our story seemed to come right out of a movie. We had been dating for two and a half years when God planted a desire for Jesus in my heart. I began yearning for him; she didn’t. I started seeking him; she just watched. I rose up and followed him; she stayed put. Our relationship stretched, frayed, and finally ripped apart. I walked away from the girl I was sure I would marry.

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FAMILIES AT THE CROSSROADS: Beyond Tradition & Modern Options

"Scant decades ago most Westerners agreed that . . . Lifelong monogamy was ideal . . . Mothers should stay home with children . . . premarital sex was to be discouraged . . . Heterosexuality was the unquestioned norm . . . popular culture should not corrupt children. Today not a single one of these expectations is uncontroversial." So writes Rodney Clapp in assessing the status of the family in postmodern Western society. In response many evangelicals have been quick to defend the so-called traditional family, assuming that it exemplifies the biblical model. Clapp challenges that assumption, arguing that the "traditional" family is a reflection more of the nineteenth-century middle-class family than of any family one can find in Scripture. At the same time, he recognizes that many modern and postmodern options are not acceptable to Christians. Returning to the biblical story afresh to see what it might say to us in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Clapp articulates a challenge to both sides of a critical debate.

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FIVE LESSONS ON FRIENDSHIP FROM ESTHER EDWARDS BURR

To students of church history, Esther Edwards Burr (1732-1758) is known today as one of eleven children born to Sarah and Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian. To students of American history, she is known as the mother of Aaron Burr Jr., Thomas Jefferson’s vice president who mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in an illegal duel in 1804.

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FOLDING SINGLES INTO FAMILY IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH

How do you think the families in your church are doing at loving single people? Do you think they strive to fold single people into their lives? If there’s room for improvement, how do you think you can shepherd families into maturity?

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FOUR THINGS GOD SAYS TO SINGLES

Each single person will have a different experience. There are age differences. Being single at 20 is very different from being single at 30, 40, or 70. There are circumstantial differences: some have never married, while others are divorcees, widows, or widowers. And there are experiential differences: some have chosen to be single and are basically content; others long to be married and feel frustrated. What does the Bible say to all these people?

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FOUR WAYS TO LOVE YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS BETTER

I could see her bite her bottom lip ever so slightly, like the words she wanted to say were on the tip of her tongue, but she was not letting them out for fear of my response. ‘Go on, just say it.’ I said ‘Well, people find you intimidating. You’re very strong, and maybe that’s why you can’t find a guy. You’re too strong.’

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FRIENDSHIP: BEYOND THE SUPERFICIAL

Right now the world is more connected than it ever has been before. So why do so many people report feeling lonelier than ever before? Whether you are married or single, join Vaughan as he takes us back to God's word to think seriously about the good gift of friendship. Let's consider how the gospel compels us to take our friendships beyond the superficial.

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FRIENDSHIP: INTERVIEW WITH WESLEY HILL

An interview with Stephanie Judd and Wesley Hill on 'Friendship' from City on a Hill, Australia

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GREATLY MOVED

I don’t often find myself wishing for a man, which is quite a confessional way to start this article, but there you have it. Yet this week, I moved house, and 7 of them came to help, or more precisely 4 men, 2 teenagers and a tween. None of these men are related to me, and none were known to me just 3 years ago. And yet they made me misty-eyed as we drove in a convoy of trailers down the main street connecting old house with new. This is church family, sweating and schlepping my furniture at 8am on a public holiday Monday. Of that I am sure.

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HOPE WHEN YOUR SPOUSE DIVORCES YOU

I was afraid to write this article for several reasons. I didn’t want to write out of self-justification, trying to set the record straight that my divorce was not my fault. I didn’t want to fall into the spirit of the age that glibly airs private grievances publicly..

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HOT FOR GOD? WHAT CAN A CHRISTIAN SAY ABOUT SEXUAL PURITY

A talk given at St Helen's Bishopsgate in London

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HOT FOR GOD? WHAT CAN A CHRISTIAN SAY ABOUT SEXUAL PURITY

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HOW DID PAUL PASTOR SINGLES?

It may come as a surprise that Paul actually has a lot to say about Christians who are unmarried and how they should view their unmarried life. Paul zeroes in on the topic in 1 Corinthians 7 in answer to some questions the Corinthian Christians had written him on marriage, singleness, and divorce. There must have been a lot of “singles” in the Corinthian church

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HOW SEX BECAME KING

It requires a great deal more scrutiny to understand how sex became king in this particular age with all its accompanying expressions. Sex outside of marriage isn’t new (Abraham), but due to certain technological advances—birth control, condoms, legal and “safe” and cheap abortions—consequence-free sex basically is.

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HOW TO BE THE FRIEND YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED

My focus was on myself and what others were doing for me. I then began to consider how Jesus models a different focus altogether: He intentionally set his sights on others and how he could serve them. In imitation of Christ, then, we are to be the friend we’ve always wanted.

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HOW TO HONOR SINGLES IN YOUR CHURCH

One of the most popular topics on WomenLeaders.com in the past year has been singleness, so we sat down with Joy Beth Smith, author of Party of One (Thomas Nelson, 2018) to learn how the church can better serve singles, and how her research applies to single women in ministry.

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I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE STILL SINGLE

As our married friend gazes earnestly at us and ponders aloud how it can possibly be that we haven’t been snatched up yet, we know their intentions are good. We know they think they are complimenting us. We know they are trying to say they think we’re great, and that they just can’t understand why Mr or Mrs Right hasn’t recognized what they see so clearly...

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ILL, UNEMPLOYED, LONELY & PRESSURED

There are as many experiences of singleness as there are single people. Some people enjoy being single and find that it gives them many opportunities that they wouldn’t have if they were married. But many people find singleness tough for all sorts of reasons.

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IN LOVE WITH LOVE: POP CULTURE AND THE CHURCH

Join us on an exploration of pop culture's obsession with romance and sex; a consideration of how the Christian church often adopts that same troubling vision; and a challenge  to see how Scripture is able to form the family of God into a distinctively gospel-oriented and life-giving presence in the midst of it all.
Part of the 2020 Single Minded Hot Topic Series. An extended interview and live Q&A session with Kutter Callaway (from Fuller Theological Seminary) on marriage, singleness, pop culture and the church.

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INDIVIDUALISTIC ROMANCE LEADS TO LEGALISM

My generation, which came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, was inducted into the idolatry of love through romantic movies and love songs. The film The Princess Bride captured the vibe. It’s a sarcastic fairy tale, but it’s a fairy tale. Picture two blond and beautiful individuals, detached from all family and meaningful relations, alone in the world, beset by misfortune, yet trading ironic quips and saving themselves by the power of “true love.”

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IS GOD ANTI-GAY?

It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non Christians who experience same-sex attraction.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO HELP SINGLE PARENTS

Single parents make important choices alone, without another adult who loves their child as much as they do. Married parents often don’t understand how crushing, even paralyzing, this responsibility can be.

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IT'S A GREAT GIFT... FOR SOMEONE ELSE

I was recently talking to a friend about singleness, and we both agreed that, according to Scripture, singleness is a gift from God of equal worth to marriage. Then she said something that made me think that maybe she wasn’t quite convinced: ‘I agree that singleness is as good as marriage, but not for me. I’ve always really wanted kids.’
And isn’t that the real issue? We think singleness is a great gift for someone else.

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JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE CELIBATE....

I had bought into the modern hierarchy of relationships, with marriage sitting at the top. Unless I got married, I could never experience the greatest expression of love between people. I could be miserably married or miserably alone. A catch-22. And there was nothing I could do about it. Or so I thought. Fortunately, God’s vision for human flourishing looks very different.

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LEARNING TO SEE YOUR SINGLE NEIGHBOUT

I recently found myself in tears over a beautiful white couch. Someone had kindly offered this couch to me for free, but I had no way to pick it up, transport it, and store it. After more than a week of text messages, face-to-face requests, and social media posts, I found myself unable to move the couch the night before the deadline I had been given.

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LIFE WITHOUT SEX: IS IT GOOD?

"Can we live without sex?". In and of itself, that question seems pretty simple. But when we start breaking it down, things become a little more complicated. What are we talking about here when we say “sex”? What is sex? What counts as sex? What doesn’t count as sex?

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LOCATING SINGLENESS IN GENESIS 2

Genesis 2 is about marriage, right? Well yes – in part. But it’s not just about marriage. I wonder if we could even say it’s not primarily about marriage. In fact, I would argue that if a single person comes to God’s word looking for truth and hope, they really can’t go past Genesis 2. It’s a passage very much for them – whether or not they ever get married.

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LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT: Ethics of Unrequited Love

It hurts when the one you love doesn't love you back. It's hard to be the object of someone's desires when you just don't feel the same way. How should Christians deal with these situations? There are hundreds of books describing how to build lasting relationships or how to lead a chaste life as a single person. There are very few books, however, describing how to deal with unrequited love. With Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Laura Smit fills this void. Smit tackles this universal human experience with intelligence, sympathy, and wit.

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LOVING SINGLES IN WORD & DEED

Elective from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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LOVING SINGLES OVER CHRISTMAS & JANUARY

For many singles, Christmas and January is a very difficult and challenging time of year. A time to be endured rather than a time to be enjoyed. But there are things that as church leaders we can do to be a blessing to our single friends

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MARRIAGE AS A TRAILER

A short animated video clip which explains marriage's purpose as a trailer for something even better!

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MARRIAGE ISN'T MEANT TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

When we approach marriage expecting our needs to be met, we fail to understand the real nature of love, and we sow seeds of marital destruction. God hasn’t designed marriage as a means to meet our personal needs. Assuming marriage is about meeting needs is dangerous for at least two reasons.

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MARRIAGE: Sex in the Service of God

What is marriage? What did God intend when he gave us marriage? Christopher Ash argues that our modern idolization of the sexual relationship contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction. To begin to rebuild a biblical confidence in marriage, we need to understand that the primary blessing and purpose of marriage is not sexual intimacy, but rather serving God in partnership. This in turn leads to the blessings of love, friendship, children, and order in society, and will help us to rediscover that faithfulness which is the heart of marriage. One of those precious rarities - a major piece of biblical scholarship which addresses an issue in todays headlines directly and warmly. One to own, not to borrow.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: DANI TREWEEK

Dani explains about her research into singleness in the church and unpacks some of the issues that we all need to think about in order to value and include single people in church life. She talks about how we can learn from historical Christian thinking that challenges our contemporary cultural blind spots and leads us into a richer understanding of God’s design for singleness, marriage and our sexualities.

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MYTHS ABOUT SINGLENESS

Keynote talk #2 from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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NAVIGATING SINGLENESS THROUGH A CLASH OF CULTURES

Christian. Single. And from a traditional ethno-cultural background. How do each of these elements of our identity impact the way that we view ourselves and our singleness? How do you live well in a country that promotes individual freedom and happiness, but with a family who insists on traditional values of family and honour? Come and see how being part of Jesus' culture can help how to wade through these complexities.

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ON OLD BOOKS & THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN LIFE

C.S. Lewis once wrote that ‘every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes.’ 1

Though written in the mid-twentieth century, Lewis’s words are no less true today. Like all of those before it, our age has its own outlook. We twenty-first century people tend to consider ourselves especially insightful on certain matters, especially able to perceive certain truths.

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ONE BY ONE: Welcoming the Singles Into Your Church

In One by One, Gina Dalfonzo explores common misconceptions and stereotypes about singles, including the idea that they must be single because something is wrong with them, and the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways they are devalued, like when sermons focus overmuch on navigating marital relationships or raising children. She shows how the church of Paul, who commended those who remained single, became the church where singles are too often treated like second class Christians. Then she explores what the church is doing right, what unique services singles can offer the church, and, most importantly, what the church can do to love and support the singles in their midst.

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PASTORING SAME SEX ATTRACTED CHRISTIANS

We are talking about theology, maturity, history, emphasis, holiness, sin, language and culture. Our guests are Rev Dr Wesley Hill, from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburg and Jackson Stace from Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. Sydney

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PASTORING SAME SEX ATTRACTED CHRISTIANS

We are talking about theology, maturity, history, emphasis, holiness, sin, language and culture. Our guests are Rev Dr Wesley Hill, from Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburg and Jackson Stace from Liberty Christian Ministries Inc. Sydney

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PASTORING SINGLES

Fresh from the Singleminded Conference, we speak to Conference Chair Dani Treweek about how we can better love and pastor the single members of our church family? What are the particular pastoral issues that singles face? How can we encourage single Christians in their gospel maturity, contentment and service?

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PASTORING SINGLES

Fresh from the Singleminded Conference, we speak to Conference Chair Dani Treweek about how we can better love and pastor the single members of our church family? What are the particular pastoral issues that singles face? How can we encourage single Christians in their gospel maturity, contentment and service?

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PURPOSEFUL SEXUALITY: A Short Christian Introduction

If you’re a human being, then you’re a sexual being. But what is your sexuality for? That’s a question we often struggle to answer because we find it so hard to talk about our powerful and personal sexual feelings - perhaps especially if we’re Christians. Ed Shaw explores the Bible’s deepest answers to this question in ways that will help everyone to appreciate and enjoy God’s purposeful gift of sexuality – whatever your past history, current situation or sexual orientation might be.

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RADICALLY SINGLE: AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY AS MEN AND WOMEN

Dr. David Platt's message at the 2014 CBMW National Conference

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RADICALLY SINGLE: AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY AS MEN AND WOMEN

Dr. David Platt's message at the 2014 CBMW National Conference

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REAL SEX: THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT CHASTITY

SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens - sex is thrilling, necessary, unavoidable. And everybody's doing it, right? // In Real Sex, Lauren Winner speaks candidly about the difficulty - and the importance - of sexual chastity. With nuance and wit, she talks about her own sexual journey. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin", she grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church (newsflash: however wrong it is, premarital sex can feel liberating and enjoyable!)

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REAL SEX: The Naked Truth About Chastity

SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens - sex is thrilling, necessary, unavoidable. And everybody's doing it, right? // In Real Sex, Lauren Winner speaks candidly about the difficulty - and the importance - of sexual chastity. With nuance and wit, she talks about her own sexual journey. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin", she grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church (newsflash: however wrong it is, premarital sex can feel liberating and enjoyable!)

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REDEEMING SINGLENESS: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life

Though marriage is highly esteemed throughout Scripture, the Bible also affirms singleness as an important calling for some Christians. Redeeming Singleness expounds a theology of singleness that shows how the blessings of the covenant are now directly mediated to believers through Christ. Redeeming Singleness offers an in-depth examination of the redemptive history from which biblical singleness emerges. Danylak illustrates the continuity of this affirmation of singleness by showing how the Old Testament creation mandate and the New Testament kingdom mandate must both be understood in light of God’s plan of redemption through spiritual rebirth in Christ.

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REDEFINING INTIMACY

I once googled the word intimacy and found the images to be 99 percent sexual. In our Western world today, intimacy equals sex. Want to experience intimacy? You need to have sex. The two are nearly always inseparable in our minds.

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RETHINKING CONTENTMENT

Elective talk from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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RETHINKING SEXUALITY: God's Design and Why it Matters

Sexual abuse, sex addiction, gender confusion, brokenness, and shame plague today's world, and people are seeking clarity and hope. By contesting long-held cultural paradigms, this book equips you to see how sexuality is rooted in the broader context of God's heart and His work for us on earth. It provides a framework from which to understand the big picture of sexual challenges and wholeness, and helps you recognize that every sexual question is ultimately a spiritual one. It shifts the paradigm from combating sexual problems to confidently proclaiming and modeling the road to sacred sexuality.
Instead of arguing with the world about what's right and wrong about sexual choices, this practical resource equips you to share the love and grace of Jesus as you encounter the pain of sexual brokenness--your own or someone else's.

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SAME-SEX ATTRACTION, JESUS & EVANGELICAL MINISTRY

We are talking today to Mitch Smart, an associate Presbyterian Minister, from Dalby in country Queensland, Australia. Mitch says he’s known he was same sex attracted since his teens. Mitch joins Dominic Steele to tell his story of living a ‘double life’ in his early twenties, before things came to a head in Dubbo in country New South Wales. And then his journey working things out with God, and into Evangelical Presbyterian ministry and heterosexual marriage.

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SAME-SEX ATTRACTION, JESUS & EVANGELICAL MINISTRY

We are talking today to Mitch Smart, an associate Presbyterian Minister, from Dalby in country Queensland, Australia. Mitch says he’s known he was same sex attracted since his teens. Mitch joins Dominic Steele to tell his story of living a ‘double life’ in his early twenties, before things came to a head in Dubbo in country New South Wales. And then his journey working things out with God, and into Evangelical Presbyterian ministry and heterosexual marriage.

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SECURE IN SINGLENESS

This talk explores how singleness is viewed in culture, in church and in the Bible and sets out a vision for living singleness well

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SEX AND THE SINGLE WOMAN

It was fairly obvious to me, from the minute I first met Jesus, that Christianity meant signing up to be countercultural. When I told my friends that I believed in Jesus, some of them no longer wanted to be around me. When I shared with my family that I believed God’s design for sexual fulfillment finds its home in marriage, they had a borderline intervention, desperate to convince me that I would never find a healthy relationship if I took sex off the table.

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SHARING LIFE TOGETHER

Abby and I have been sharing a house for about 14 years now and you can read the story of how that all came about in this article.

People often ask us about how living together works and what advice we’d give to other same-sex attracted Christians looking to live communally

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SINGLE LADIES CATECHISM

The underlying assumption of these questions and answers is that our aim is to lead surrendered lives, that we let God be god, the idea at the heart of being a Christian. Each of the four sections of the catechism deal with a “jurisdiction,” if you will, of God’s sovereign reign in our lives: over our status, our self-image, our sorrows, and our futures. These are all his to shape and defi

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SINGLE MINDED STORIES #1

Single Minded Stories from the Single Minded Evening, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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SINGLE MINDED STORIES #2

Single Minded Stories from the Single Minded Evening, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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SINGLE MINDED STORIES #3

Single Minded Stories from the Single Minded Evening, Friday 21st September 2018

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SINGLE WOMEN: Challenge to the Church?

Single women make up a quarter of the adult evangelical church population, compared with single men who form only a tenth. These figures have generated much debate, not least because of the problems some face finding Christian partners. So who are today's single Christian women? What issues do they face? What are they saying about the church and their place in it? Based on research with nearly a hundred women, this is the first book to address the situation of these women today. It investigates key issues facing single women, looks at singleness in biblical context and suggests ways for the church to respond.

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SINGLE: NOT ALONE

It was an elderly Afro-Carribbean woman who said it. “So my dear, you’re here with your husband?” She gestured to my friend, who was actually there with his wife (not me). “Oh no, that’s just my friend. I have no husband.” “Ohhh!” She purred, “so you’re freeeeeee. A free woman.” I assume that like many before her, she was referring to Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 7 about the benefits of singleness, but unfortunately, like many before her, she put the emphasis totally in the wrong place.

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SINGLED OUT: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walks down the aisle. In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.

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SINGLENESS

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SINGLENESS & MINISTRY

Vaughan Roberts speaks for the 2014 Priscilla and Aquila Centre Conference

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SINGLENESS & MINISTRY

Vaughan Roberts speaks for the 2014 Priscilla and Aquila Centre Conference

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SINGLENESS & SEXUALITY

Keynote talk from the Single Minded Seminar, Thursday 22nd August, 2019

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SINGLENESS & SEXUALITY Q&A

Q&A session from the Single Minded Seminar, Thursday 22nd August, 2019

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SINGLENESS - AN INTERVIEW WITH DANI TREWEEK

Tim Clemens speaks with Single Minded Chair, Dani Treweek about being an unmarried Christian today

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SINGLENESS AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

A healthy marriage is a tremendous gift and blessing. Marriage is God’s idea, and it is to be held in honor (Heb. 13:4). But one may also serve and glorify God in singleness. We follow a Savior who was single, and the greatest church planter ever—the apostle Paul—was also single. Single pastors have various advantages in ministry, such as flexibility in schedule.

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SINGLENESS AND PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

A healthy marriage is a tremendous gift and blessing. Marriage is God’s idea, and it is to be held in honor (Heb. 13:4). But one may also serve and glorify God in singleness. We follow a Savior who was single, and the greatest church planter ever—the apostle Paul—was also single. Single pastors have various advantages in ministry, such as flexibility in schedule.

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SINGLENESS AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY

In this classic episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla and Kari Stainback discuss singleness, focusing on how the church can better minister to singles.

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SINGLENESS AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY

In this classic episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla and Kari Stainback discuss singleness, focusing on how the church can better minister to singles.

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SINGLENESS IN LIFE AND MINISTRY

What does it look like to do life and ministry as a single woman? Jane Tooher shared her personal testimony at the 2018 Priscilla and Aquila Conference.

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SINGLENESS IN LIFE AND MINISTRY

What does it look like to do life and ministry as a single woman? Jane Tooher shared her personal testimony at the 2018 Priscilla and Aquila Conference.

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SINGLENESS IN MINISTRY

Phillip Jensen speaks at the 2014 Priscilla and Aquila Centre Conference

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SINGLENESS IN MINISTRY

Phillip Jensen speaks at the 2014 Priscilla and Aquila Centre Conference

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SINGLENESS IN MODERN CULTURE

Of all the many cultural shifts the church did not see coming down the pike—and possibly at the top of the list—may be the growth of singleness. Many churches and Christians handle singleness with grace. Others don’t.

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SINGLENESS IN THE STORYLINE OF SCRIPTURE

Keynote talk #1 from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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SINGLENESS IS NOT PUNISHMENT FOR IMPERFECTION

She sat across from her counselor, sweaty hands clutching her seat, pulse racing, eyes trained on the ticking clock. As she recounted various events in her life—moments of spiritual darkness, emotional abuse, and crippling self-doubt—her counselor nodded, listening to words she’d never been brave enough to speak out loud.

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SINGLENESS Q&A

Q&A Session with Sam Allberry & Dani Treweek at the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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SINGLENESS, MARRIAGE & RELATIONSHIPS

A talk given at St Helen's Bishopsgate in London

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SINGLENESS, MARRIAGE & RELATIONSHIPS

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SINGLENESS, SAME SEX ATTRACTION & THE CHURCH

The following is an email conversation between Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan questions on same-sex attraction, singleness, and the church.

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SINGLENESS: A PERSONAL TESTIMONY

There are many privileges involved in preparing and giving Christian talks. One of those is growing in your own understanding, learning new truths and relearning old ones. Not so long ago I had to give a talk on singleness and in the course of preparing these are some of the truths that were impressed upon me.

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SINGLENESS: MY ONLY COMPANION

My particular experience of singleness is categorically different than that of someone who has had a relationship that fizzled, or who found love and lost it. Not only can I imagine how heartbreaking and soul crushing that is, but I’ve experienced the fizzling without the courtesy of a clear relationship status.

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SINGLES DON'T HAVE MORE TIME

One of the most common misconceptions about singleness is that it gives you more time. The idea is simple: because we don’t have a spouse or children, we have lots of spare time on our hands. This idea isn’t always stated outright (although sometimes it is); it can just be subtly implied in the assumption that single people can be relied upon – or worse, expected – to give more time to serving at church or helping families, or the assumption that as singles we’ll be able to help with things last minute because we’re always sitting around doing nothing.

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SPIRITUAL FAMILY

I wrote a guest post for Equip last spring which addressed the priority of spiritual family in the Christian life. I’d like to follow up on that post by engaging in some more reflection on the ideas I presented. In an age where more and more people feel ostracized by the church, this discussion may be more important now than ever before, at least in American culture. Getting the family of God wrong means getting the church wrong! And that’s something we just can’t afford.

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SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

Friendship is a relationship like no other. Unlike the relationships we are born into, we choose our friends. It is also tenuous--we can end a friendship at any time. But should friendship be so free and unconstrained? Although our culture tends to pay more attention to romantic love, marriage, family, and other forms of community, friendship is a genuine love in its own right. This eloquent book reminds us that Scripture and tradition have a high view of friendship. Single Christians, particularly those who are gay and celibate, may find it is a form of love to which they are especially called.

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TALKING BACK TO PURITY CULTURE: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality

The generation born into evangelical purity culture has grown up, and many have started families of their own. But as time goes on, it's becoming more evident that many still struggle with purity culture's complicated legacy―its idolization of virginity, its mixed messages about modesty and lust, and its promise of a healthy marriage and great sex for those who follow the rules.
In Talking Back to Purity Culture, Rachel Joy Welcher reviews the movement carefully, examining its teachings through the lens of Scripture. Compassionate, faithful, and wise, she charts a path forward for Christians in the ongoing debates about sexuality―one that rejects legalism and license alike, steering us back instead to the good news of Jesus.

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THE ART OF BIBLICAL FRIENDSHIP

Elective from the Single Minded Conference, Saturday 22nd September 2018

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THE BETTER CHOICE

Apple or Android? Which is better? More than likely you have an opinion on which is better than the other. But when you stop and think about it you soon realise that both of these types of phones are good. They are different from each other in many ways, but both of them are good. So how do we decide which we should choose? One of them will be a better choice for each of us.

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THE COSTLY OBEDIENCE OF NOT MARRYING A NON-CHRISTIAN

The 2012 article 'Don’t Take It from Me: Reasons You Should Not Marry an Unbeliever' by Kathy Keller recently made a (much delayed!) appearance in my newsfeed. In essence, the article suggests that because single Christians who are considering marriage to a non-Christian so rarely allow themselves to be convinced

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THE FUTURE OF SINGLENESS

In this episode, Dani Treweek helps us see a richer theological vision for singleness—one that shows us what life will be like for all Christians in the future. She argues that by thinking theologically, we will better appreciate the single men and women in our communities, and better appreciate our place and God’s vision for us if we are single.

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THE FUTURE OF SINGLENESS

In this episode, Dani Treweek helps us see a richer theological vision for singleness—one that shows us what life will be like for all Christians in the future. She argues that by thinking theologically, we will better appreciate the single men and women in our communities, and better appreciate our place and God’s vision for us if we are single.

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THE GIFT OF SINGLENESS

Have you always wanted to be married? As a child, did you dream about what your spouse would be like and how many kids you would have? Or maybe you’re more like me. Your desire for these things came later. Maybe you wanted to be on your own for a while, enjoying the freedom and benefits of adulthood. But now you would prefer a little less freedom and a lot more companionship. You would like to share your life with someone and long to settle down and have a family.

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THE GOOD LIFE IN THE LAST DAYS: Making Choices When the Time is Short

Do you feel the tension between living the good life and dying to self? You know Jesus calls you to take up your cross and follow him, sacrificing yourself to serve in his vital gospel mission. But you also know the heart of the gospel message is grace and freedom, and enjoying God’s abundant generosity. Quite possibly you also know the horror stories of some burned out Christians, as well as the frustrating stories of those who just don’t seem at all ‘switched on’ to the mission. In The Good Life in the Last Days Mikey Lynch helps you: zoom in and take a close look at the hard sayings of Jesus and the apostles, zoom out to look at the full counsel of God, discover a joyful wisdom (beyond simplistic clichés) that shows you how to live the good life in the last days.

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THE INTRINSIC GOODNESS OF SINGLENESS

There is value and goodness in being single, and churches need to begin to recognize this better and truly allow those who aren’t married to feel like they are part of their church family.

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THE PLAUSIBILITY PROBLEM: The Church and Same Sex Attraction

It's all very well to say that the Bible is clear when it talks about homosexuality. But is it realistic? Isn't it unrealistic and unfair to those who struggle with this issue? Doesn't it condemn them to loneliness, a lack of fulfilment and the loss of basic human satisfactions like sex and marriage? Is what the church teaches a plausible way of life?

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THE PROBLEM WITH SINGLENESS: PART 1

It is true. We evangelical Christians really do have a problem with singleness. The diagnosis of this problem with singleness is multi-faceted, but it begins with something as simple as the words that we use.

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THE PROBLEM WITH SINGLENESS: PART 2

In the last half a century, we evangelicals have continued to stand at odds with the world around us on important matters such as the significance of marriage and the purpose of sex. However, when it comes to the world’s insistence of the centrality of romantic love as necessary for ultimate happiness and fulfilment we haven’t always been as discerning.

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THE PROBLEM WITH SINGLENESS: PART 3

While the first 1500 years of the Christian church resulted in an unbiblical and unhelpful elevation of celibacy and denigration of marriage, the 500 years that have passed since the Reformation have achieved just the opposite. When pastoral attitudes and theology are 500 years in the making, there can be no quick fix. Nevertheless, if we wish to be committed to loving and honouring our never married, divorced or widowed Christian friends and family, here are a few ways forward for us to consider.

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THE SINGLE ISSUE

Nearly half of today's adult population is unmarried. Most churches, however, emphasise marriage and family in a way that leaves many Christian singles feeling like second-class citizens. Although Jesus himself was single, the single state is often regarded as a problem in itself (rather than as having problems, as marriage does). By contrast, The Single Issue sets out a positive, biblical view that honours singleness as a status equal to marriage. Avoiding trite advice on how to suffer through the single life, it offers practical insights on key concerns such as sex, celibacy and the constructive use of solitude - and points the way to a Christian community in which all members are equally valued.

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TOWARD A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF DATING

There are two popular, misleading ways of relating the Bible to dating. The first is to think that because the Bible does not speak about dating, we have liberty to dive headlong into romantic waters, guided only by desire to get married. We'll call this the libertarian approach. This view allows us to imbibe secular dating-game platitudes like the currently popular sage wisdom called flirtexting.

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TRUE FRIENDSHIP

In a culture where online communications and communities can be set up in seconds, it is striking that loneliness is still rampant. Even in the church, a place where we might hope for an oasis of love and acceptance, we can find interactions awkward and superficial. It’s for this reason that Vaughan Roberts takes us back to the Bible, and challenges us to consider our need for true friendship. He’s both honest and clear in his approach as he shows us that knowing and being known by God is the hope we need to begin to deal with the sickness of our ‘self–love’ society.

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T’IS THE SEASON TO BE… MARRIED?

It’s that time of year, when countdowns abound and hints of dresses appear on Instagram. The floral arrangements grow and grow and grow and the invitations flow and flow and flow. It’s an exciting time of year for some but for others it’s a time that serves as a three month long reminded of what they do not have and what often feels so very out of reach, and that reminder can lead to loneliness and that loneliness sinks deep and is hard to shake sometimes… and so, here I am. I’m getting married in just over a month and feel a little like I’ve become one of those reminders.

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UPHOLDING THE DIGNITY OF SINGLENESS

I recently preached a sermon on singleness and was shocked by the feedback I received. Several single brothers and sisters told me it was the first time they’d heard singleness addressed from the pulpit, at least in a way that wasn’t telling them how to date or find a spouse. One sister said it was the first time she felt as if her presence wasn’t just welcomed in a church, but wanted.

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USE YOUR SINGLENESS TO PREPARE FOR MARRIAGE (NOT)

You sit down with your single friend who has been struggling with their singleness. They want to be married, they want to have the same kind of intimacy that you experience in marriage. They long for the day when they will be able to walk down the aisle with their new spouse. But they don’t know what to do; they don’t know how to move forward...

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WASHED & WAITING: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Is there a place for celibate, gay Christians in the church? * How do the gospel, holiness, and indwelling sin play out in the life of a Christian experiencing same-sex attraction? And how do brothers and sisters in Christ show love to them? Wesley Hill offers wise counsel that is biblically faithful, theologically serious, and oriented to the life and practice of the church. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex sexual intimacy. What does it mean for gay Christians to be faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt?

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WHAT IS THE GIFT OF SINGLENESS?

You probably don’t have the gift of singleness.’ This is what a pastor said to me when I was about 19. We’d been talking about my struggles with loneliness and sexual temptation. These, he told me, were evidence that I didn’t have the gift. No doubt he didn’t see that as a big problem; I was bound to be married within a few years. But for me it was a huge problem.

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WHEN A GOOD GOD ENCOUNTERS A GAY GIRL

This scene is common nowadays. Christians can’t ignore the subject of homosexuality, as it’s so interwoven with our culture. We need to know how to engage with it, following the example of our Lord Jesus who was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). And this requires us to pull up a chair and listen well to those who’ve walked its road.

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WHEN SINGLENESS DOESN'T FEEL GOOD

Christians who are single often feel acutely the hardness of their singleness. Deep sadness, boiling anger, overwhelming disappointment, bitter grief. What am I to with these emotions? I am convicted that God’s word is true and good, yet my experience doesn’t seem to line up with the Bible’s description of singleness being ‘good’. It feels anything but good.

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WHEN THINGS AREN'T NORMAL

Picture this. After months and months of not being able to meet together with your church family, it’s the first Sunday that church is finally back on! You pull into the car park. The kids bound out and you catch up with them at the church doors. At first you’re a little surprised. The chairs have been laid out differently, with lots of small clusters throughout the room, each separated by a couple of metres.

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WHEN YOUR SCAFFOLD IS DODGY

The scaffold propping up our evangelical theology of singleness is dodgy. It's causing hurt, sadness and damage to our single brothers and sisters in Christ; it is not doing our married brothers and sisters in Christ any favours; and it isn't allowing us to rejoice in the true character of the Body of Christ in all its wonderful diversity in unity. It's time for us to start rebuilding our theology of singleness.

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WHERE ARE ALL THE SINGLE PASTORS?

Some time ago I was called by a ministry leader in the States wanting to talk to a single pastor about a project he was considering on singleness. He wanted to talk to a pastor because he wanted to hear about how the issue of singleness plays out in the life of the local church...

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WHERE TO FIND HOPE & HELP AMID THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION

It’s no secret that the Western world has undergone a dramatic transformation regarding issues of sexuality and gender identity. Twenty years ago, the widespread acceptance of gay marriage seemed largely unthinkable. Even just 10 years ago, issues of transgenderism were far from mainstream consciousness. Many in our culture have seen these shifts as an unqualified good, a needed sign of progress toward a more just and inclusive society

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WHY I DON'T SIT WITH MY HUSBAND AT CHURCH

For my husband and me, offering hospitality has meant breaking down a common church practice: sitting together as a family.

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WHY IT HELPED ME MAKE A PUBLIC COMMITMENT TO SINGLENESS

In November 2017 I did something that was fairly unusual, and I think has variously been considered to be brave, pointless, strange, or beautiful, depending on people’s point of view! I stood up in a church, in front of 100 friends, and made a vow to God to remain single for the rest of my life. What on earth made me do it?

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WHY LOVE ISN'T ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS

I’ll let you in on a little secret here, though: The idea that love is a choice is one of the best things you’ll ever hear. It’s one of the most reassuring. Why? Because feelings change. They come and go. Because of that they can’t always be trusted. But when you decide, no matter what, to love — and make that choice consciously, constantly, and consistently — it creates a firm foundation.

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WHY WE NEED SINGLE WOMEN LEADERS

Since 2014, single adults have outnumbered married adults in the United States, but church ministries and programs often don’t reflect this reality. Pastors rarely talk about singleness or dating from the pulpit, and churches struggle with integrating singles into church life. If it’s difficult to be a single woman in the church, imagine the burden of being a single woman in church leadership.

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WILL I BE SINGLE FOREVER

I was single all through my twenties, and I enjoyed it a lot of the time. When I wanted a particular food for dinner, I ate it. When I wanted to take a week to hike a one-hundred-mile section of the Appalachian Trail, I hiked it. When I felt called to pursue graduate work in another country, I went. And there were other, less selfish benefits, including more time and energy for building deep friendships and fruitful ministry. But, all in all, I found singleness pretty tough.

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WOMEN, CELIBACY & THE CHURCH

This book offers a historical survey of celibacy in the church and the theological basis for what many Christians experience in their own lives. By examining the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, early church writings of East and West, and commentators of the Reformation until today, Annemarie S. Kidder develops a theology of the single life applicable to both women and men, Protestant and Catholic. A revealing study of the theology and practice of celibacy, this book offers a concise overview on the topic by exploring the primary historical sources. It examines the biblical antecedents of the practice, the stories of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and the views of early commentators and church fathers, such as Origen, Tertullian, Methodius, John Chrysostom, and Augustine. The views on celibacy of such church reformers as Martin Luther and John Calvin are examined also, as well as contemporary treatments of sexuality, sexual activity, and the current debates regarding chastity and abstinence in the church.

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