The Absurdity of Legislating Sexual Morality

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I used to joke that there was a glaring, if not largely ignored, loophole in all anti-prostitution laws across the United States. It seemed to me that, if any house of ill repute wanted easily to skirt the laws against money for sex, they simply needed to set up cameras in each boudoir and claim [Read More...]

Tales of a Male “Preacher’s Wife”

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(This is excerpted from my full article featured this month in Sojourners Magazine and on the Sojourners website.) MY WIFE IS a pastor. Specifically, she’s the senior pastor of a prominent church in downtown Portland, Ore. I’m on staff too, but only part-time, and she enjoys telling people she’s my boss. Technically, I answer to [Read More...]

Rights, Power, Sexuality and the Church

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I found an interesting pair of articles on Huffington Post’s religion page today. First, there was a story about Newt Gingrich, who claims that, by giving equal rights to LGBT people, we are in turn denying the rights of religious organizations. Then in the second story, the Catholic Church in Ireland has threatened to excommunicate [Read More...]

Talking to My Son About Boston

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I woke up this morning, like everyone else, to the news of a shootout with one suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing and the ongoing manhunt for a second brother. Like many others, I’ve heard lots of misinformation over the past few days about whether officials did or didn’t have a suspect, whether they did [Read More...]

Jimmy Carter vs. the SBC/Driscoll/Victoria’s Secret: A Sea Change?

Former U.S. President and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter gestures at the 21st Hay Festival

Jimmy Carter offered an open letter a few years back (republished this week by Women’s Press HERE)explaining why he is divorcing himself from the Southern Baptist Convention after six decades as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. Basically, the SBC continues to legislate gender inequity from the top-down, cherry picking select verses to serve a desired [Read More...]

Photo from Steubenville: I am More Important Than Football

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I thought about blogging on the systemic brokenness behind how we deify sports at the expense of so much else, but then I found this photo, which pretty much says it all. [Read more...]

Five Questions From the Steubenville Rape Case

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(Note: This post contains some frank and graphic discussions of sex and sexuality.) Two boys from a Steubenville Ohio high school (I’ve opted not to use their names, though they are readily publicized by other media) have been sentenced to time in a juvenile detention center for the rape of a sixteen-year-old classmate who was [Read More...]

Why are Priests Really Celibate? (and Will it Change with a New Pope?)

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There’s all matter of speculation about why Pope Benedict is stepping down, especially since he’s the first to do so in 600 years. One theory is that he’s grown weary of the scrutiny around the Priest sex scandal cases, particularly with HBO’s recent release of their movie, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.” [Read More...]


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