Bring on the Running, Bring on the Waiting

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This was written by a friend of mine, Sunny Buchanan Ridings. I am sharing for a couple of reasons. First, it’s personally affecting and inspiring. Second, I think it’s a perfect model of the kind of vulnerable transparency we’re called to in the intentional community of Christian faith. Read and learn from her fine example. [Read More...]

Be Annoying for God

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This is part of a weekly bible study called Heretic’s Guide to the Bible. To read more, or to take part in the study, CLICK HERE, or click on the Heretic’s Guide banner above or below. Kids can be annoying. I know; I have two of them. The other day, my son saw an ad [Read More...]

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism

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Ever since the most recent Video Music Awards show aired, there has been a breathless competition online to see who can be more offended by Miley Cyrus’ highly sexualized performance.  Yes, I watched it, and yes, much of it made me pretty uncomfortable. It was hard for me not to imagine my own daughter a [Read More...]

Hope Without Expectation

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Following is excerpted from the August 11th Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study, “All In,” found in full HERE. To learn more, click on the banners at the top or bottom of the story. When I was a little kid, probably in the first or second grade, my dad worked late. He was an insurance [Read More...]

Time to Admit It: We’re All Gay

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 I was disappointed, although not entirely surprised, when the Southern Baptist Convention resolved to withdraw its support of the Boy Scouts because of their recent affirmation of the inclusion of children regardless of their sexual orientation.  Although the resolution is nonbinding for congregations, as is the policy of Baptist governance, 108,000 Boy Scouts currently sponsored [Read More...]

Jesus, Don’t Let Me Die Before I’ve Had Sex

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I wrote a piece recently about the Christian challenges of what I call “marriage worship,” in which we focus so intensely on getting kids married before they have sex that we neglect necessary education and discourse about healthy emotional, spiritual and physical sexual expression. Though lots of people seemed to really appreciate the perspective in [Read More...]

The Dangers of Christian “Marriage Worship”

Christian_divorce

I’ve written before about the seemingly contrasting messages we offer to young people in church about sex and sexuality: Sex is dirty; save it for someone you marry someday. Umm, what? Granted, we walk a narrow rhetorical tightrope when discussing sex with our kids. If we tell them it’s actually pretty awesome, and then tell [Read More...]

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...]


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