New True Love Waits Blog Tackles Student Abstinence Issues

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LifeWay’s True Love Waits ministry has started a blog to address current issues and provide updated information about the student sexual-abstinence movement. The blog is targeted to parents of teenagers and student leaders in churches and student organizations around the world.

LifeWay’s True Love Waits ministry has started a blog to address current issues and provide updated information about the student sexual-abstinence movement.

“We recognized the need to provide more information, more often, about what God is doing through True Love Waits worldwide, as well as respond to issues and questions related to sexual-abstinence-until-marriage,” said Jimmy Hester, cofounder of True Love Waits.

“A number of individuals are contributing blog content, and we look forward to interacting with people who share our views, have contrary views or are still making up their minds,” he added.

According to Hester, the target audience is parents of teenagers and student leaders in churches and student organizations around the world.

Plans for the True Love Waits blog were announced at last month’s National Youth Workers Conference in Nashville, Tenn., which had nearly 500 attendees.

The True Love Waits blog was unveiled concurrently with the launch of True Love Waits 3.0: A Path of Purity, which builds off the ministry’s sexual abstinence-until-marriage message to include a variety of markers or special occasions students experience from childhood to young adulthood.

“Walking the path of purity is not easy, but it’s the right way,” Hester said. “After careful consideration through interaction with student workers and students, we realized that True Love Waits has often been viewed as a one-time event emphasis rather than a spiritual process.”

To help guide that process, LifeWay created The Path of Purity: A Family Guide to assist parents and church leaders in taking advantage of markers in their children’s lives—such as turning 13, dating, getting a driver’s license and attending the prom—and treat them as teachable moments on biblical purity. It also identifies several detours that can sidetrack young people in their pursuit of a pure life.

“The guide can help parents take the first steps toward instilling a healthy respect for purity in the lives of their children,” Hester said. “It’s a challenging process, but one that’s definitely worth pursuing.”

To access the True Love Waits blog, visit http://blogs.lifeway.com/blog/true_love_waits.

LifeWay, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, church supplies, and Internet services through LifeWay.com. Established in Nashville, Tenn., in 1891, the company owns and operates 156 LifeWay Christian Stores throughout the United States, as well as two of the largest Christian conference centers in the country.

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