Hubby is going to no longer be leading our college ministry at church as of about the end of May or the beginning of June so he asked everyone what they wanted to cover before he left. One of the topics was dating and so he started looking around for some additional resources to use. We've been enjoying listening to Mark Driscoll recently from Mars Hill Church in Seattle and in looking over there, he saw that Mark did a sermon on dating (much of his church is young and 50% is single, so it's a great topic for his church - for those who are single and for those who are dating and having children - we're in the having children dating at this time in our lives so it was good to listen to for us even though we've been married 24 years). While he was gone at the college group, I stayed home and watched the video myself and I have to say, it's one of the best discussions on dating I've seen. He speaks of 4 different styles of finding a spouse - arranged marriage, courtship, non-Christian dating and Christian dating.
Now, Mark Driscoll is a bit edgy but theologically, he's really sound. He used to be known as the "cursing pastor" because of his language in his messages but he's since been called out on that, repented and no longer speaks in such a way. He's very respectful, very Biblical and very straight-forward.
If you have an hour to watch this (yep - his messages are a full hour long), or if you can work it out to watch it in increments, I'd highly recommend watching this if you have children who will be dating, have teens who are looking to date, have older children who are looking to date or are dating or if you're a single person. I appreciated watching it even just as a Christian woman to be able to have more insight into dating so I can be an older woman teaching younger women.
So, here's the link to the message. If you do end up watching it, let me know what you think. Oh - if you have teens who are of dating age, I'd highly recommend they watch it with you. Hubby said it brought up LOTS of discussion - especially from 2 of the teens who are not in healthy dating relationships. :)
Mark Driscoll "Dating"
(Oh - the "religion saves" is in reference to a series of sermons Mark is doing called "Religion Saves - and nine other misconceptions"
Just saw - here's the outline of the sermon:
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