Welcome to the Official Blog of The Porch

The Porch is coming to Fort Worth! You may have heard months ago about some distant-future launch of The Porch at Watermark’s Fort Worth campus, and wondered about the what/when/why of that plan. Or
When Everyone’s Getting Married (Except for You) From JP | August 18, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
A number of people I know and serve with at The Porch have gotten married recently, and several others are engaged. I think that’s great, and I love celebrating with them. Of course, I’m married m
10 Parenting Lessons I Learned from Young Adults From JP | August 11, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
I spend most of my time around single young adults, most of whom don’t have kids. However, for two of the past three weeks I’ve been at family camps, talking with parents from around the country.
Overcoming Shame From JP | August 4, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you w
Waging War on Worry: 3 Steps to Peace From JP | July 27, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
We’re a worrisome bunch. According to the World Health Organization, America is the most anxious country in the world, with 1/3 of us suffering from an anxiety disorder at some point in our lives. A
6 Biggest Regrets of My 20s From JP | July 19, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
I am 33 years old. By my age, Jesus had managed to save the world. Needless to say, I haven’t been quite so productive. I’ve also made more than my share of mistakes in that time, while Jesus made
The key to being happy in life is the state of your relationships. That includes your relationship with God, first and foremost, but also your relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. Think
How to Date Intentionally From JP | July 6, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
“Dating intentionally.” If you are a single Christian, it’s something that you’ve probably heard mentioned at some point, and held up as the right way to go about dating. But what does it mean
How Long Should You Date Before Marriage? From JP | June 30, 2014 . By Jonathan Pokluda
It’s a question that comes up occasionally within a singles ministry. If you are seriously dating someone, how long should it be before you pop the question? How much time does it take to determine
In part one of this post, “5 Reasons Why Singleness is Better than Marriage,” I mentioned the statistics that fewer people are getting married these days. I imagine that part of the reason why mar
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