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What’s the Deal with Fasting, Anyway? From JP | November 22, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
As I write this, it’s almost Thanksgiving, the one day of the year that most people eat just about as much food as they can. So, I thought, what better time to talk about…pretty much the exact opp
How Do I Know If I Have the Gift of Singleness? From JP | November 16, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Are you single? As in, are you currently not married? Congratulations! You have the gift of singleness. If that freaks you out, we probably need to clarify what the gift of singleness is. Single Forev
How to Date in Community From JP | November 9, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
At The Porch we talk a lot about community, and we also talk a lot about dating. One big reason we talk about being in community is because it’s the best way to get wise counsel, avoid mistakes, and
How Love Songs Get It Wrong (or Right) From JP | November 2, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
We’ve talked about lyrics here before (and here, and here). With our recent “Save the Date” series, I thought it might be fun to look at the lyrics of popular love songs and see what pop culture
How to Stay Married for 70+ Years Guest Posts | October 26, 2015 . By Kevin McConaghy
Introduction by Kevin McConaghy 70 years is a long time. 70 years ago, in 1945, soldiers were just coming back from World War II; the U.S. consisted of 48 states; and the Cubs were actually in the Wor
When Should You Say “I Love You”? From JP | October 19, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Last Tuesday at The Porch we answered a bunch of dating questions (which you can watch or listen to here). We’ve touched on a lot of the questions in previous blog posts, but there’s at least one
9 Common Dating Mistakes From JP | October 12, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
If you’re currently single, that means every dating relationship you’ve ever been in has failed (or you’ve never dated). That’s not meant to be negative or make you feel bad; it’s just a
How to Know if You’ve Found “The One” From JP | October 5, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
You married them. – JP OK, OK, maybe I can give a little more explanation than that. But don’t complain the next time a sermon goes long. If you’re looking for “the one,” or your “soul
When Should You Kiss in Dating? From JP | September 28, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
I remember my first kiss. I was in junior high. Some coed friends and I were playing spin the bottle and it eventually landed on my “crush.” After we kissed, I couldn’t sleep that night. Not
How to Not End Up on Second Date Update From JP | September 21, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Some friends told me about Second Date Update, a radio feature where someone who went on a first date tries to find out why they weren’t asked on a second date. The DJ basically calls the guy (or gi
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