May 29th, 2013| Topic: aBeLOG, Interviews | 6


Last week, I was at Moody Bible Institute, to speak at their Annual Pastors’ Conference. It coincided with the release of my new book Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching.

I had been informed earlier that Moody Radio, specifically The Chris Fabry Showa national affair that runs on several hundred Christian radio stationswanted to interview me when I was up there. I assumed it was another publicity engagement for the new book.

But  I was wrong. Chris Fabry wanted to talk about celibacy! Of course, I was only more than delighted to expound on what I call “ecclesiological singleness”by choice, for life, unto Christ, in community. For almost an hour! It was  a great deal of fun, I confess!

The Chris Fabry Show is a live, call-in show and yes, there was an uncomfortable question or two! You’ll have to listen to it ….


  1. curry June 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    GREAT interview Abe. Fascinating and love how God has equipped you to speak about this. “It’s a gift.” Eye-opening perspective…not just about celibacy, but about God’s purpose for our lives as he calls us to live in relationship with Him and with others. A gift….from God…to know Him and glorify Him in its given purpose. The question I contemplate: will we accept His gift(s) to us…ultimately? For me it brings up fear of cost…that’s usually at the root of my, “no thanks, God.” And I miss the GIFT! Really turns my thoughts about marriage and my calling to be married into something else entirely. I appreciate you sharing this with me. Good, good stuff.

  2. Amy Velderman May 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Slogging my way through “Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching” and really enjoying it. Honestly! I got mine early because I pre-
    ordered it on my iPad. Hope I can finish before I get to teach some lessons on Psalms in the Fall.

  3. Morgan May 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for being you, Abe. We, as Christians and a society, need you.

    Praying for you.


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