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This coming Saturday I will marry the love of my life, Miss Jennifer Terrell.The first circumstance that makes my marriage atypical is my age. If the national average age for a man’s first marriage is 28, this means I’ve had more time than average to think about these things. I have been a pastor for 20 years and senior pastor here at Bethel for 15.My observation is that bachelor pastors are rarer than Packer fans at Soldier Field, and they are sometimes treated like them.
To the contrary, I have had my marriage radar on high alert since I went to college.
I wasn’t desperate, and clearly wasn’t in a hurry, but I have greatly desired marriage and the blessings that go with it.
In fact, I would say if I erred on any side, I have erred on marriage being too important. ” Hebrews 13:4 tells us, Marriage pictures the very love of Christ for the church and mirrors the love within the Trinitarian Godhead!
A third circumstance that gives me this opportunity today is that I am technically still single.
Over the years of my singleness, I have grown to appreciate the unique blessings and challenges of adult Christian singleness.
These challenges are often overlooked in the church and I have one last chance to write about them as an insider, before I become one of those married pastors telling singles how they should feel.
Many people have had the misunderstanding that my singleness was somehow related to a monkish vow of ministry or that I was so focused on Jesus that I had no interest in women or marriage.
The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.
The table below details the estimated religious composition of 198 countries and territories for 2010 to 2050.
See “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050” for more information on these projections, or download the data.
The unusual circumstances of my marriage give me an opportunity to say some important things.