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Are #Christian Hashtags Rallying the Faithful or Just Luring Trolls?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

But everyone on Twitter is learning that a hashtag cuts both ways — it can be hijacked or lampooned by detractors, and it’s a key way that online activists are pushing back against opposing messages or what so ...

Southern Baptists, LGBT Activists Happily Coexist, but for How Long?
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

When Southern Baptists convened a national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom ...

Houston Subpoenas Pastors’ Sermons in Gay Rights Ordinance Case
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. ...

Methodists Resolve Gay Marriage Complaint Against 36 Pastors Without a Trial
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint was filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at a Nov. 9, 20 ...

Russell Moore on Sex (Answers to the Questions You Didn't Ask)
Originally Posted: 08/04/2014 - 1:44pm | Type: Blog

Issues of the kind that belong on the therapist's couch are the kinds of topics that frequently crowd the inbox of Russell Moore, who recently marked his first anniversary as the Southern Baptist Conventi ...

Conservative United Methodists Say Divide Over Sexuality Is 'Irreconcilable'
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 8 ...

Why I Shared My Sexuality Story
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

I shared my sexuality story chiefly because, as L’Engle says, vulnerability is one of the essential ingredients to being alive. And, I would add, to being human. “When we were ...

'I Want You To Want Me' — That Other Kind of Lust
Originally Posted: 03/25/2014 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Is it possible that lust works in multiple ways? Is it possible that the all-consuming desire to be desired is just as lustful as the all-consuming desire to have? Thought experim ...

i-Lust and Other Confessions in a Millennial World
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 8:56am | Type: Blog

There are several reasons why the church doesn’t like to talk about lust. I lust. The words almost seem like they could be a tagline for a new Apple product — an appropriate imag ...

Does Mormon Modesty Mantra Reduce Women to Sex Objects?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2014 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

When Mormon leaders sense a decline of moral standards in the world, they roll out sermons on modesty. When Mormon leaders sense a decline of moral standards in the world, they ro ...

Telling the Forbidden Truth
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith. White Cloud Press THE WOMEN I ...

Women and Taboos: Leaning In, and Getting Frank About Faith, Sexuality and the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

While Sheryl Sandberg's Leaning In focuses on issues such as long work hours, daycare, and more flexibility for working moms, the 40 women essayists in Talking Taboo look at faith, sexuality and biblical ...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Moves Evangelicals Beyond Black-and-White Sexuality
Originally Posted: 11/30/2012 - 4:51pm | 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 - 11:48am | 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 ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Did Jesus Get Married and Have Children?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:58am | 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…’” ...

A New Kind of Sexuality: Finding a Theological Framework
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 8:44am | 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 ...

The Age of Innocence: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'
Originally Posted: 07/22/2012 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

I liked this film so much I've already seen it twice. "Moonrise Kingdom" is so good, in fact, I almost couldn't bring myself to write about it for fear of not doing it justice. ...

Let's Talk About (Complementary) Sex
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

For those unfamiliar, there are (at least) two camps in the Christian conversation about gender roles, one of which we can call “egalitarian,” and the other calls itself “complementarian.” The implication of t ...

HHS Doesn’t Speak For Me, or Many Women
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Pundits and politicians who opine about the so-called war on women ought to take note of the lawsuits filed Monday against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate by 43 religious grou ...

Naked Before God
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

We truly are uniquely and fearfully made (Ps 139:14), molded with God’s own hands and done so that we are each special to him. This morning I prayed naked. This exercise is part ...

Spirituality and Sexuality: Deconstructing Boundaries
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

I didn’t expect that deconstructing my sexual boundaries in the name of faith would cause me to develop boundaries. But these new ones aren’t oppressive, because they come from an understanding of myself. ...

Who Controls My Body? The Struggle to Reconcile Spirituality, Sexuality
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

I honestly don’t know how I’ve made it 33 years like this. It is certainly not for lack of wanting sex or trying to make myself available. But somehow, between God’s sometimes-firm resistance to me getting my ...

The Delicate Art of Persuasion
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 12:33pm | 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” ...

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:43pm | 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 - 12:12pm | 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 ...

The Top 10 Worst Toys to Give Your Daughter This Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/21/2011 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Disclaimer: These toys are wrapped up in a whole lot of complicated gender roll/motherhood/feminism issues…so take my snark with a grain of salt, folks. The Top 10 Googled Celeb ...

Levels of Intimacy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marcus McCullogh “Sex Without Shame” (by Keith Graber Miller, September-October 2009) was brief, concise, and covered some of the major th ...

Yearning for Connection
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michael Camp I applaud Keith Graber Miller’s call for a balanced sexual counterculture that exults sex-positivism in light of God’s gift o ...

Off-Focus?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alice Hague I was slightly disappointed by the cover and headline article for the September-October issue (“6 Rules for Shameless Sex,” by ...

Voting for Change
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger This summer, the largest Lutheran and Episcopalian denominations in the U.S. voted for more complete inclusion of gay an ...

Grace and Gratitude
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dominic P. Scibilia Thanks for the timely and encouraging article by Keith Graber Miller, “Sex Without Shame” (September-October 2009). ...

‘Redemptive’ Sex?
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 2:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Karol Svoboda I found “Sex Without Shame” very disturbing. I found “Sex Without Shame” very disturbing. I agr ...

Sex Without Shame
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Keith Graber Miller Somewhere between demonization of sex and the "sexual revolution," there is a middle way - a higher way. ...

Caught With Their Family Values Down
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my pa ...

Sex and the Seminary
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jeannie Choi The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and ...

Welcoming All
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ann Freeman Price Regarding the "Overheard" quote in the April 2007 issue: The continuing conversations in many denominations al ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Poor Diet. In April, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski en ...

Toward a Responsible Sexual Ethic
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank Since 2004, a diverse group of religious leaders, reproductive rights advocates, and medical professionals have met t ...

Follow The Money
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., released a report in May that revealed how a small group of wealthy funders a ...

A House For All Peoples?
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers A Bible study on welcoming the outsider. There have always been two Americas: that of rich and poor ...

Beyond Crime & Punishment
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Rohr Male celibacy isn't the problem here. But for the Catholic Church to achieve a healthy system, things have to change. ...

Sins of the Fathers
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 7:50pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The deepest guilt is the church's. Among the many sad notes that have been played in regard to t ...

Managing the Erotic Life
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 9:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In Boston, more Catholic priests made the news as serial pedophiles. In California, two pastors got 4 million hits in a ...

Kids and Sex
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jodi Hochstedler Teen pregnancy, abortion, and birth rates have decl ...

Sexual Promiscuity in Africa Called "Violence"
Originally Posted: 06/23/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Schleicher Molly Marsh AIDS in Africa has reached epidemic proportions, and an ...