Friends, we had some awesome posts on cross-gender friendship in 2014! This is indeed a boundary-shifting conversation men and women are having. It was hard to select just ten! There were some awesome guest-posts on my blog in the month of May. Every one of them deserved to be in this list. Some posts were written by pastors. Others by therapists. There were other strong voices contributing as well. These posts show the breadth and depth of Christian voices emerging on cross-gender friendship in 2014.
This post written by assistant professor of congregation formation, Rachel Jacobs for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
"Cross-gender friendships have much to offer us in broadening and nuancing our understanding of the opposite sex. In addition, since men’s and women’s spiritual journeys differ in some significant ways, a cross-gender friendship can spur us to further growth in ways that same gendered friends who are traveling the same path cannot."
"But in asking questions of cross- sex friendships, we need to question our own skepticism. Is our hunger for answers masking our own fear of being known? Don’t some of us feel like marriage paid the debt we owe to interacting with the opposite sex? And now, we can dismiss the rest of the women (or men) out there as threats to our marriage."