My friend, author, apologist Jonalyn Fincher drew a rather large crow at the evangelical Biola University last week. Her subject? Friendship between men and women. From all accounts, there was a great hunger to explore an issue that was unthinkable for evangelicals just a few years ago. It's such a joy to be joined on the front lines of this conversation with someone who is so gifted. It's been a great pleasure to see the front lines growing.
A Biola student commented on Jonalyn's FB wall the day after: "Everywhere I go on campus, people are having conversations about your workshop topic yesterday. They agree/disagree, but they are having edifying dialogue about it. Thank you for making waves."
Also on the day after, I had the deep honor and blessing of meeting Jonalyn face to face for the first time. Such a joy for me to hear her report of her talk the previous night.
What is so striking and refreshing about Jonalyn's approach to this is that she is open to the fullness of goodness and beauty in cross-sex friendship. Friendship between men and women is something which can be engaged with one's whole heart in learning to receive and give. This wholeheartedness is not about throwing caution to the wind or just letting it all hang out. It is about following Jesus and learning to love one another with their whole hearts and bodies as Jesus loved.