The Journey of Singleness

Soon after I graduated from seminary, I spent two years working as a college minister. I was still single at the time, and one of my favorite memories is a conversation I had with a freshman girl about her own single status. We both sat in my office as she bemoaned the fact that she’d…


The Single’s Guide to Sharing the Holidays

I am writing the singles guide to sharing the holidays because singleness is not something to survive but thrive. That can be especially tough to hear — if you’re “still” single. I met my husband in January. December was always the loneliest month in the year for me. I hated spending one more Thanksgiving, Christmas,…


Ask Arlene: A Question from a Male Reader

Arlene, I’m a single Christian guy in my mid-30’s and have unsuccessfully been looking for a godly wife for some time. I’ve been on a few dates here and there, but they are far between and nothing which lasted long term. My greatest hurdle is that I cannot get that “first date” with girls. The…


Browsing for a Mate

In February I was at my friend Katy’s bridal shower. Even though it was the dead of winter, the sun made it look, and almost feel, like spring — perfect weather for celebrating with the bride-to-be. “How did they meet?” I overheard one guest ask another. “She found him on eBay!” was her enthusiastic reply….


Mr. Wonderful

When I was in high school, I was blessed to have a lot of titles. Cheerleader. Honors Student. Student Body President. Youth Group Leader. But there was one title I was very displeased with. Dateless. I think I was the only one to graduate from high school without being asked out. No roller rink dates….


A Bold Approach to Getting Married

For Sharon, the start of a new year was the beginning of a new way of thinking about being single. Instead of looking out with dread over a dateless landscape, she decided to approach 2006 differently. Her boldness made all the difference. The List of 30 I met Sharon at a Bible study where the…

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