Three sessions help viewers understand love, purity, and trust from the Bible's perspective.
Open,honest,and often humorous, this powerful media package uses drama, on-the-street interviews, personal testimonies, and segments taped before a live audience to explore relationships in Josh's incomparable way.
Because of all of that, I’m going to do my best to keep in mind that what he said in 1997 may not represent his views now (although I am working with the updated 2003 edition). Joshua writes, “Every relationship for a Christian is an opportunity to love another person as God loved us.” That sums up the book’s message Once we embrace this principle, the rest is just details. I’m going to end up massively disagreeing because the rest is almost absolutely not “just details.” I agree with the idea that every relationship is an opportunity to show the love of God to a person.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that although he might have matured and changed, his book is probably the most popular book on courtship (and possibly on Christian dating in general) , and on Amazon the recent reviews are even more glowing, including one that went up last week. I don’t disagree with that– what Christian could possibly say “no, relationships have nothing to do with us showing God’s love to people”?
by Joshua Harris originally came out in 1997, when I was ten and Joshua was twenty-three, although I didn’t read it until I was in college because my church considered him far too liberal.
We followed something that has more in common with betrothal and arranged marriage than it does with Joshua’s vision of “courtship,” although we both called it the same thing.
When I was little, my mother would bring me to the temple without my father’s knowledge.
He had never been married, never had a serious relationship, and (to my knowledge) had no formal university-level training in either psychology or theology.
Harris went on to write a number of other popular books on relationships and sexuality before Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), the church movement that he helped lead, blew apart (see here for a helpful overview; for more general background, see here and here).
In this, I suspect that they are no different than the rest of us.
But evangelicals also love to hate their fads, especially when they prove hollow.