All too often, friendship is a consolation prize, a means to an end, or a way station on the way to the bedroom or altar. We hear that men and women can't be friends, women inevitably compete and backstab each other, and men don't even need friends, since emotional intimacy is for girls, useful to men only as currency to buy sex.
We're largely missing a good, practical theology of friendship as a Church. We need to live a better story as the Body of Christ.
I'm over at Dan Brennan's site today writing about mentoring and friendship between men and women with a challenge to leadership in the Church. Come say hi.