I wrote the article below for the winter issue of Higher Things magazine. It was a joy to write a short piece on dating and relationships for one of my favorite Lutheran periodicals. Also, here is the Issues Etc. radio interview I did based off of this article.
There I was. Surrounded by water. The gunwales of that tiny rowboat felt like a prison wall, the oar locks were my shackles, and there was more than 200 yards of pure, mountain fresh Oregon lake water between me and freedom. I was trapped, like Admiral Ackbar. And all I could do was gaze at the glimmer of the bobbers upon the water, waiting for a bite and waiting for the awkward conversation to end.
So, parents, don’t be afraid to talk with your children about dating, marriage, and sex. Yes, it’ll be a little awkward. And whether or not they admit it at the time, your children want and need to hear about it all from you first. It may look like they’re just gazing off into the grainy floor boards of a poorly built watercraft, but they’re listening. I know I was.