Discerning brothers recently heard from Father @wesleyhill about his discernment, finding community, and kingdom work:

Wes shared about mourning the loss of the blessings of marriage (and the false promises of the idolatry of romance). 1/
@wesleyhill While Wes treasured celibacy, he recognized that setting aside marriage would mean forgoing the unique blessings of Christian marriage. He also noted the need to mourn the letting go of lies (heard in and our of churches) that we need romance, marriage, and sex to be happy. 2/
@wesleyhill Plus, Wes explored the common temptation for celibate people to obligate God to provide a best friend in exchange for giving up the prospect of romance + sex. Instead, Wes urged discerning brothers to see celibacy as a turning from marriage commitments to communal commitments. 3/
@wesleyhill Wes encouraged us to move from having one person whom we don’t have to share with others to instead having many companions whom we joyfully share with many. Men discerning the Nashville Family of Brothers were thankful for Wes’s encouragement! 4/

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14 Oct
The hope for family feels less risky. On Saturday I made a three-year commitment to the Nashville Family of Brothers. I believe God is calling me to make lifetime commitments to this community, and I’m spending the next three years to seek confirmation from God.

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Hoping some of these men will actually become family doesn’t seem as risky anymore. It doesn’t seem so outlandish anymore that 20 years from now a house-full (or multiple house-fulls) of us will gather for holidays or ordinary Thursday nights to share meals and conversation.

It’s easier to imagine us enjoying this fellowship with a quiet confidence from decades of deepening relationships with each other and knowing we are committed to each other for a lifetime.

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