Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Todays Church

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Jesus states that his mother and brothers are his disciples which included women—this was broader than just the 12 3. Jesus is the new Adam because he is the first member of a new race. And this race is defined spiritually, not biologically. Subsequently, when we are in Christ our spiritual family takes precedence over our biological families.

Let us not forget that Jesus clearly states just this very thing in both Luke and Matthew In one sense this might not sound very revolutionary since it is what the bible clearly states.

Christine Colon

Yet unfortunately this has been almost completely lost in reality, especially in conservative evangelical Christianity. The idea of actually practicing this community in reality is revolutionary and subversive—just like Jesus and the bible. The community of the church is not just an optional idea, something which is nice if we happen to encounter it.

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On the contrary, it is a fundamental reality. As if to emphasize the point, Focus on the Family is one of the largest and best known evangelical organizations in the U. Support for marriages and families is great and much needed. However this emphasis on the biological, nuclear family has apparently caused Christians to forget the reality of the body of Christ as our primary family.

Singled Out: Book Review

If we focus on the biological family, every adult who does not have their own family is left out. But this is not the way the church is to be. No one is left out. Married couples and families need to be committed to routine participation in the church community including many aspects of life: services, small groups, service, social activities, etc.

Putting marriage, family, sex, and romance in proper perspective is quite freeing.

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Browse All Figures Return to Figure. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walk down the aisle. In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience and that of an increasing number of Christians. From the secular world and the evangelical church, singles are bombarded with negative images of celibacy.

Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church Paperback – June 1, Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. Christine Colon and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church. Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians.

Here, Colon and Field explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community. Jump to. Sections of this page.

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Part 7: Marrying Well. Also, the latter portion of the book degrades into a sort-of "preaching" about celibacy which rubs me the wrong way. Refresh and try again. But let me list my frustrations first: whoever proofread and edited this should be suspended without pay until they actually earn their paycheck. Nov 04, Mar rated it liked it.

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