Best Reads of 2015: Redeeming Sex…From Harmful Evangelical Categories

One of the best books I read this year was Redeeming Sex by my friend Debra Hirsch - which may as well have added the subtitle From Harmful Evangelical Categories, because that's exactly what the book accomplishes. It's important to note from the outset that Deb's book is written from within and, to some degree, to the evangelical community. In other words, there are biblical and theological assumptions and commitments that Deb brings to this work that other writers and thinkers may not be … [Read more...]

#FFFF: Sheldon Steen

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) made headlines last week at its 221st General Assembly. At this weeklong gathering the body made a number of decisions, most of which are overshadowed by the two biggest: the decision to allow pastors the discretion to perform same-sex marriages and to divest from three companies that sell products to Israel for military purposes. These are obviously watershed moments for the denomination. One publication described the decision on same-sex marriage as a “ … [Read more...]