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Thanks for the shoutout! I was quite amused at the number of rabbit trails it produced.It was interesting to hear you guys talking about courtship. My wife and I did a courtship (not arranged) under the guidance of her parents. While our own courtship was successful in all the important ways (we have a strong marriage, saved ourselves for our wedding night, have good relationships with our respective in-laws), for a variety of reasons we are both now pretty ambivalent about the whole thing. It is definitely important for Christians to apply biblical wisdom to their dating practices, but I think the way courtship has been presented by its proponents as a “model” or “alternative” to dating has mostly been unhelpful.The part about digging graves reminded me of Flannery O’Connor’s story "You Can’t Be Any Poorer Than Dead”. Also, I quite agree on the importance of burial as a Christian tradition. I’ve always wanted to be a member of a church that had an attached cemetery, although it is doubtful that that will ever be a practical possibility, since very few churches have them anymore, and it’s hardly the most important thing to look for in a church.
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