Jay Thomas Posts
July 8, 2011 by Gerald Hiestand
Jay Thomas (SAET First Fellowship) and I are in the editing stage of a new book, Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach (Crossway, forthcoming). The book is a follow-up to my first book, Raising Purity: Helping Parents Understand the Bible’s Perspective Sex, Dating, and Relationships (Iustificare Press, 2009), and is targeted toward singles between the ages 18-35. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about it in the days to come, but for now, here’s the publisher’s description:
Answering prevalent questions like “How far is too far?” the authors articulate a biblical theology of sexuality and marriage aimed at persuading a new generation of Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality.
Considering the pervasive immorality and high divorce rate of our contemporary Christian culture, we evidently need a biblically based, theologically compelling, practical understanding of sex, dating, and relationships. Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas counteract this problem with their paradigm-shifting view of purity and relationships—a view that challenges even the basic assumptions of evangelical subculture.
Unlike most books on dating, this one cuts straight to the heart of dating relationships, asserting with confidence that the line must be drawn at “no sexual activity” whatever. Few have dared to define and apply the Bible’s understanding of purity in premarital relationships to this degree, but Hiestand and Thomas have done it. Furthermore, both authors are vocational pastors who communicate regularly with the target audience and have a proven ability to express biblical truth in a winsome and compelling manner. Sex, Dating, and Relationships adds a new, almost provocative voice to the conversation that, with straightforward theological insight, pleads with Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality.