Rachel Held Evans: Missing the Mark on Sexual Ethics

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Rachel Held Evans has been a big critic of what I call the "purity culture"---and I think that's great!---but today she's written a post on why people should still wait for marriage to have sex. The problem with the evangelical purity culture, as I see it, isn’t that it teaches saving sex for marriage, but that it equates virginity with sexual wholeness and therefore as something that can be lost or given or taken away in a single moment. Perhaps instead of virginity…or even purity (which ca … [Read more...]

Are Children an Oppressed Class?

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I've often heard that children are manipulative, but it just occurred to me that being without any real power can't help but make people turn to manipulation. After all, what other options are there? Think about it: If a preschooler wants to stop by the ice cream store, the only way she can meet that desire is to convince her parent to take her there and buy her ice cream. And the parent, in this situation, has absolute power. The parent can simply say no and that's the end of it. And it's not … [Read more...]

When Protecting Scruples Comes Before Women’s Health

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Pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother can pose a bit of a problem problem for pro-lifers. Some, such as Live Action's Lila Rose (who by the way grew up in the same conservative Christian homeschool environment I did), solve this problem by simply denying that pregnancy ever threatens a woman's life ("Abortions are never medically necessary. Some doctors prescribe abortion as if it’s a treatment for a disease or a problem, but that’s not a solution a truly compassionate and just soc … [Read more...]

Vision Forum and “Historical Revisionism”

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American history today isn't what it once was. There was a time when American history privileged the white, the wealthy, and the Christian, and ignored the stories of marginalized, the complexities of events like the American Revolution, and the genocide of the Native American population. This has changed, and universities today tell the stories of the marginalized and challenge traditional black and white patriotic narratives. Not everyone is happy with this, however. Are you and your children … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which Debi Can’t Read Genesis

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 118Debi starts this next section with a quick overview of what is required of a help meet: God tells us that we are to be help meets: We are to submit, obey, and even reverence our husbands. He also tells us WHY we are assigned the role of helper. Submit, obey, and reverence. No mincing words, that's for sure. So let's get into Debi's why. 1. We came forth from man's ribs and were created for him. We are a part of him. "For a man indeed ought not to cover … [Read more...]

Dear Little Girl: Jesus Doesn’t Want Your Sex Life

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This little girl is pledging her sex life to Jesus:The O2 Experience is an organization that goes around the country giving talks on "Life, Death, Sex, and Romance"---which of course is code for "how to avoid both hell and sex before marriage." On their webpage they describe their conferences as "an opportunity for young people to hear the life-changing message of the gospel and understand God's plan for their sex lives." From a reading of the group's webpage, it looks like you take sex and … [Read more...]

Manly Modesty?

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Every time I write about modesty, people comment pointing out that there's a double standard---modesty is about girls dressing a certain way so that guys won't be turned on by women's bodies, and the idea that girls might be turned on by guys is generally left out of the picture completely. In this light, I found a recent article on the Christian Post interesting. Near the end of my pastoral tenure a shift happened I had never experienced in 20 years of ministry. After a sermon in which I … [Read more...]


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