Is singleness the ‘purgatory’ on the way to marriage?In this lively exchange, Scott Croft, Joshua Harris, and Albert Mohler compare notes on countless aspects of singleness, dating, marriage, and courtship.He invites his best friend, Phillip, to come along. See full summary » Chris and RJ reunite five years after coming out to their families and their church as gay men, where the factors that led to their separation are revealed as they mourn the death of their mutual friend Rodney. Pihalla) is a Finnish drama film, where seventeen year olds Miku and Elias find themselves, and each other, during a summer in the Finnish countryside. A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury.
Similarly, in the evangelical world, popular Reformed website The Gospel Coalition, which was co-founded by Presbyterian Church in America luminary Tim Keller, and counts such evangelical notables as John Piper, Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, and David Platt as members of its council, has frequently promoted courtship and stay-at-home daughter advocate Voddie Baucham (his own daughter was an adult when she married, but the stay-at-home daughter movement he promoted has helped normalize young courtship).
The actors were superb and the setting was well chosen so as not to distract from the importance of what was being said.
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In the days since I wrote an oped for the Los Angeles Times on evangelical courtship culture and Roy Moore, I’ve heard objections that young courtship and child marriage is not practiced by all evangelicals. However, the teachings about women, sexuality and relationships in broader evangelical culture have contributed to the normalization of courtship culture.
Furthermore, the continued association of evangelical and religious right leadership with men who defend child marriage enables those abuses to continue.