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Sex and the Never-Ending Christian Adolescence
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 7:31am | Type: Blog

I don’t know any adult who would willingly repeat adolescence. Yet here we are — we Christians seeking hope, grace, mercy, and purpose, we believers in a God of justice — treating our faith as an endless adole ...

What Did Eve Want?
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The story tells us directly what Eve wants. She doesn’t want to tempt Adam. And she doesn’t want a snake curling suggestively around her body. Eve wants wisdom. What was that Eve ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

Miley Cyrus, the VMAs, Sex, and Moral Outrage
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Maybe the answer isn’t in getting caught up in moral outrage, but rather to move away from feeling scandalized and towards feelings of compassion. I didn’t watch the Video Music ...

What If 'Sex Week' Came to First Baptist Church?
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

With apologies to Campfield’s ever-vigilant protection of Christian sensibilities, the real problem here is not that mandatory student fees are being used to promote sexual education and awareness. The problem ...

Enslaved at the Border
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Curt Devine When Mexican emigration and U.S. slavery intertwine. MARTA AND LUISA had always fantasized about ...

Tales of a Male 'Preacher's Wife'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Christian Piatt The stats say that women in the workplace – from seminaries to the boardroom – have become the norm, but being a stay-at- ...

The Cost of 'Perverted' Preaching
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex. ...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Moves Evangelicals Beyond Black-and-White Sexuality
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Many evangelical women say they wouldn't touch Fifty Shades of Grey, often described as "mommy porn" because of its escapist appeal to working mothers and suburban housewives. But evangelical le ...

Top 5 Best and Worst Bits of 'Christian Sex' Advice
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

Too often, I fear the church is silent and bashful about sex. One reason, I purport, that youth look to society and friends for answers to questions is they fear it's taboo in religious settings, perhaps ...

Did Jesus Get Married and Have Children?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 12:58pm | Type: Blog

Even historians and others who don’t claim Christianity personally are intrigued by the scrap of text recently discovered to contain, in Coptic, the sentence fragment: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” ...

Episcopal Priest Under Scrutiny for Nude Photos
Originally Posted: 09/18/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

How does the church recognize the beauty of art that depicts God's creation — the human form — without seeming to condone "a beauty exciting to lust"? In the middle ...

An Author's Cry for Help
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Please Vatican, censor me. I deserve it. AS AN AUTHOR whose book sales have, shall we say, peak ...

From Shame to Grace
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stacey Schwenker Ashamed No More: A Pastor's Journey Through Sex Addiction. IVP Books PASTOR T.C. RYAN s ...

She Said — Egalitarianism: Men, Submit to Your Wives
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 10:17pm | Type: Blog

Obviously there are differences — biological, hormonal, stereotypical — between men and women. I don't dispute that. For me, the danger is in going one step further to assume how those differences do or s ...

He Said — Egalitarianism: Who Needs Repentance Anyway?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

My wife and I have been embroiled in a deep debate lately. It involves gender roles, complementarianism, egalitarianism, and often threats of a kick landing somewhere on my body. ...

Judge Allows Questions on Sex Practices in Amish Beard-Cutting Case
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 9:35am | Type: Blog

Federal prosecutors will be allowed to question witnesses about Amish leader Sam Mullet’s sexual activities when the hate-crime trial of Mullet and 15 followers begins next week, a federal judge ruled on Monda ...

A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Theological Framework
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

Whether wrestling with one the of non-heterosexual identities or the exigencies of birth control, the hidden costs of pornography, or the viability of chastity, 21st-century Christians have been confronted wit ...

Five ‘Christian Parenting’ Ideas To Let Go Of
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Here are five habits, often attributed to “Christian parenting” values, that I’d just as soon replace with something new. I was invited by Paul, my editor at Huffington Post, to w ...

Evangelicals Say It’s Time for Frank Talk About Sex
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

Eighty percent of young evangelicals have engaged in premarital sex, according to a new video from the National Association of Evangelicals. and almost a third of evangelicals’ unplanned pregnancies end in abo ...

Poll Shows Christianity Good for the Poor, Bad for Sex
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON -- Americans feel the "Christian faith" has a positive impact on help for the poor and raising children with good morals, according to a new poll , but it gets a bad rap on its impact on sexuality in society. In a new study co ...

The Delicate Art of Persuasion
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

It’s been a mind-boggling fortnight at the Internet water cooler. Kony 2012. Mike Daisey’s dubious portrayal of Apple’s manufacturing practices abroad. Questions of whether the “Christian Movie Establishment” ...

An Excerpt from Christian Piatt's New Memoir 'PregMANcy': The Pee Stick
Originally Posted: 03/02/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

“Screw it.” These two words are what started the baby ball rolling in the Piatt household, back in January. After months of counseling, discernment, weepy nights and sleepless mornings, I submitted, succumbed ...

He Said, She Said: Driscoll's "Real Marriage" is Really Not
Originally Posted: 01/23/2012 - 5:41am | Type: Blog

Real Marriage is a poorly written, poorly researched book by a well-meaning pastor who I believe is struggling with his own sexuality and sense of self-worth. Editor's ...

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Like a fallow field, sometimes it’s best to take what is left, turn it into the ground and allow it to be reborn into something entirely new. I wrote a piece last week about Pasto ...

Sex God: Jesus, Intimacy and Exploitation
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Christians can’t have it both ways. We can’t use quasi-sexual sensationalism to promote our products, while also condemning the culture around us that does exactly the same thing. That, my friends, is hypocris ...