A couple months after that, Emily stopped going to church.
And not long after that, her attendance at our study became irregular.
Instead, the temptation to lower our standards sneaks up on us quietly.
And the temptation can be brought on for a variety of reasons.
I don't care what those morons say, it's still not shifting right. That's exactly what they're gonna say, the scumballs.
Maybe he wants more from our relationship, more intimacy, more commitment; maybe he has sensed, even before I sensed it, that I was feeling some reservations. That's why he's so reluctant to say anything about his own feelings. Roger (thinking): And I'm gonna have them look at the transmission again. God, I feel so guilty, putting him through this, but I can't help the way I feel. Roger (thinking): They'll probably say it's only a 90-day warranty. I'll take their warranty and stick it right up their...
A guy named Roger is driving his girlfriend, Gloria, home from dinner one night, when Gloria says, "Do you realize that, as of tonight, we've been seeing each other for exactly six months? Maybe he's been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I'm trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn't want, or isn't sure of. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I'd have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are... Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy?
In painstaking detail they analyze everything she said and everything he said, considering every possible ramification.
Most of us are familiar with the Scripture that advises Christians not to become "unequally yoked," so we decide we will never get into a serious romantic relationship with a non-Christian.
However, sometimes our best intentions are tested when we meet that special someone and feel an instant attraction, only to find that he or she doesn't share our beliefs.
We may find ourselves asking, "Why does it matter so much as long as he or she respects what I believe and the way I live?
" Authors Camerin Courtney and Todd Hertz have also asked this question.In this two-part article, they each share what they have learned. Some of my first real conversations about the dangers of dating a non-Christian took place in college over Chocolate Chipper Sundaes at Perkins.