Sharon Hodde Miller from Her.meneutics discusses the dichotomy of cross-gender friendships for married people. While the conservative approach of staying away from all friendships with the opposite gender has been the traditional school of thought, Miller mentions and discusses the weaknesses of an emerging model of friendship that takes it to the other extreme. Her words on the balance:
…This balance is essential. When too much emphasis is placed on sin, we will produce unnecessary rules that not only mangle relationships in the church and shame one another, while resulting in the kind of “over-corrections” we are witnessing now.
But likewise, an overemphasis on grace without enough acknowledgement of sin is apt to tempt believers unnecessarily, lull the saints into a false sense of security, and undermine the unique design of marriage.
Perry Noble on 8 wrong reasons for dating a girl. I also linked to the companion article (7 wrong reasons for dating a guy) here.
Matt Smethurst from TGC interviews Liao Yiwu, author of God is Red, on China, communism and Christianity in China:
Books & Culture highlights and reviews numerous titles, but one in particular stood out last year. The 2011 Book of the Year award went to Liao Yiwu’s God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China (HarperOne, 2011). Liao, a “sympathetic nonbeliever,” spent three years observing and studying Chinese Christianity from the inside.
Matt Smethurst corresponded via translator with Liao, whose writings have been banned in China, about his experience researching the complex phenomenon of Christianity in the world’s most populous country.
A Story – Shattered Dreams