Dating and waiting for marriage radiant life series

Being single in today's world can be a springboard toward fulfilling, lifelong relationships and rewarding commitments, or it can be a downward spiral into the most destructive time of a person's life.

Many want to know how they can go about getting to know someone and eventually getting married without getting hurt or compromising their faith.

At Focus on the Family, we've offered a range of resources and expert advice bringing biblical principles to bear in this area.

Some of the messages we've presented have taken the position that Christians can apply their faith in such a way that they can still work within the system they've inherited.

Other messages have stressed that Christians need to be much more counter-cultural.

Joshua Harris, for instance, has promoted a model of courtship that harkens back to a model used broadly before modern dating evolved.

People attempting to follow a courtship model within today's culture, however, often run into a lot of practical questions, such as, "What if her dad is unavailable or uninterested in being involved?

" or "What do you do when you live hundreds of miles from your family?

"The goal of this series of articles, beginning with this introduction, is to provide our readers with a place to bring those questions.

Scott Croft is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where he teaches a seminar on friendship, courtship and marriage.

He is also an attorney who is used to tackling tough questions.

The answers he brings may be different from anything you've heard before.

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