I Hate Writing About Sex

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I hate writing about sex; I want to be over the whole sex conversation in general. Honestly, as interesting a subject as it might be, there is nothing easy, simple, or straightforward about it; it's not the sort of subject I get up and think, "Wow, that would be a great angle for an article to write!" Honestly, I get a pit in my stomach. Culturally-speaking it's a minefield. The amount of shame, hurt, obsession, money, and political-vitriol attached to discussions of sex makes it nearly impo … [Read more...]

Why Does God Care about My Sex Life?

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little piece for Christ and Pop Culture about a Q&A session with Tim Keller at The Gospel Coalition conference. I asked about revival, and among other things, Keller said something about sex and the complex nature of doubt. Given that what he said was fairly conservative, had to do with sex and doubt, and, in all fairness, could have been reported more clearly by me, the unsurprising result was a lot of pushback—some legitimate and some not so much. Feel free … [Read more...]

‘Who Are You Sleeping With?’ My Conversation with Timothy Keller

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So, I was talking to Tim Keller this week when the topic of sex came up...no, wait, that's not right.Let's reframe that without me lying. I managed to snag a ticket to the Gospel Coalition's 2013 National Conference this week and sit in on a breakout session on the subject of revival by Dr. Keller. He gave a brief recap of some of the material in his recent book Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City for those who hadn't encountered it yet.In a nutshell, his … [Read more...]

What HBO’s “Girls” Gets Right About Sex and Intimacy

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In HBO’s “Girls,” currently wrapping up its second season, 26 year old writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham offers a refreshing - if sometimes painful to watch - view of female sexuality.  Unlike the glossy, airbrushed twentysomethings who headline most sitcoms, Dunham cuts a disheveled, average-sized figure - and she’s not afraid to bare it.  In the search for intimacy and connection, Dunham’s Hannah Horvath is willing to try almost anything with almost any specimen of man.Despite the amo … [Read more...]

Chronicling Porn’s Damaging Effects

The Internet's increasing ubiquity has led to many good things, but it has had at least one negative side-effect: It has never been easier to access pornography, and massive amounts of it. But how much porn is actually being accessed? Last year, ExtremeTech ran a piece on some of the largest porn sites, to see how much traffic they generate, and the numbers they uncovered were simply staggering. One such site served over 100 million page views a day, which translated into 950 terabytes of data … [Read more...]

Resisting Facebook is Harder Than Resisting Sex

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We all know how addictive it is to grab your smartphone and check up on what's happening in in our Facebook and Twitter feeds. But just how addictive? A recent study in Germany, in which participants were given a Blackberry and told to frequently report how often they were tempted to check Facebook and how often they gave in, revealed that social media was harder to resist other things, including sex. The reason that cigarettes, alcohol and even drugs can be less addictive than using social … [Read more...]


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