Indeed, the central issue we need to confront — and the reason I write and speak on this topic — is that when it comes to dating and relationships, perhaps more than in any other area of the everyday Christian life, the church is largely indistinguishable from the world.
That truth has brought immeasurable emotional pain and other consequences to many Christians.
The system today's young men and women have inherited for finding and marrying a future spouse leaves a lot to be desired.
"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.Why not sign up for an account and take our personality compatibility test today?It’s free and may be just what you need to start you off in your quest for that special someone.Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage.He is also an attorney who is used to tackling tough questions. By means of an objective, scientific process, the Parship Principle®, the service helps its members to find love. The compatibility-based online dating service is specifically for people who want to form a lasting, honest and sincere relationship. Parship is one of the leading online matchmaking agencies for discerning singles in UK and across Europe. If you’re looking for a serious relationship, then Parship is the right dating site for you. Parship is the British branch of Europe's largest and most successful serious online service for professional dating, which members are predominantly affluent, educated men and women between 28 and 55 years old.* * * 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.You've done it, you're doing it, you'd like to do it, or you need to teach somebody else how to do it. It is considered the natural precursor to marriage, and is generally considered something to be desired, whatever form it might take. If you were to Google the word "matchmaker," you would receive something in the neighborhood of 21,200,000 responses — with a few of these outfits claiming to be Christian, but most making no such claim. As evangelical Christians, we're called to be distinct in the ways we think and act about all issues that confront us and those around us. Granted, not all of these people are evangelicals, but we're not doing so well either.Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?By the time I met Pete, I already knew we had a lot in common - 83% to be precise!