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#370: Why the Single Life Is Uniquely Meaningful and Totally Ordinary

Do you feel stuck somewhere between "not married" and "not called to singleness"?  Truth be told, few single Christians feel called to full-time ministry. Yet this time that we often treat as a "waiting room" is not that at all. In this episode, Juli invites Dr. Dani Treweek to share her thoughts on the significance of the single life, why being a Christian single doesn't mean you're called to singleness, and why celibacy is not extraordinary.

Guest: Dr. Dani Treweek

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  • Lee

    Lee

    Perhaps the reason there is a divide between categories of singles is that we go beyond what Scripture teaches about "being called." Is there really a call to anything beyond being a follower of Christ? Did we add on to what Scripture teaches about "calling?" Regarding I Corinthians 7:29-35, maybe Paul is speaking "tongue in cheek," or sarcastically in that passage? He does that many times throughout the book. It can be hard to detect that tone sometimes when we read it in English.
  • Audra T

    Audra T

    Can I say I am so relieved that this podcast didn't sum up singleness to the same old two statements: (a) when you're single you have more time to drop what you're doing to help a person in need and (b) you have more money to help others / the church financially or can afford to do things like travel. I have found both of these to be false in my life. I usually have more money but no time, more time but no money, or I have neither time nor money. When I have had money I didn't have the time to drop what I was doing because, I'm working. Often at jobs you can't just put in vacation time whenever you want. There are deadlines to keep, people are depending on you. Sometimes I'm stuck at the office late and can't make it to some event or personal meeting. When I'm working less, and have more time, I don't have a lot of money. Not really a big surprise there: working less = earning less money. When I do have the time I don't have the money to spend on getting dinner, going to the movies, gas for my car, hotel rooms, etc. Right now I struggle to find the $16 in gas I need to travel into town just to spend an evening at a friends house or go on a nature walk.

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