"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.
Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage.
We have brothers and sisters in Christ to hold us accountable and to help us apply the Word to our lives.
If you're a Christian, that's the biblical life you're called to.
It's our hope that this Q&A series will be valuable both for those who think the Bible gives sufficient guidance for operating within our current system as well as for those who are looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage. How can Christians think differently about this pervasive issue in media and culture? The answer to that last question is "not well." Surveys consistently indicate that professing Christians behave almost exactly like non-Christians in terms of sexual involvement outside of marriage (in both percentage of people involved and how deeply involved they are — how far they're going), living together before marriage, and infidelity and divorce after marriage.
* * * If you're reading this, you're interested in dating. In our society, dating has become something of an obsession. It's just something you do if you're single and of age (and that age is quickly dropping) in America. In fact, depending on which statistics one believes, the divorce rate for professing Christians may actually be than for Americans as a whole.
The mom wrote that her daughter took her advice, reflected on the passage, and concluded that her boyfriend perhaps wasn’t good for her.
Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.
But here’s the coolest thing about it: this advice is not just for our kids. I substitute my own name, and it becomes an examination of conscience.
The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.
That's what I hope this column will be about — applying God's Word to dating, finding a spouse and getting married.
I have to start by explaining the theological doctrine that drives the approach I want to outline (and advocate).