The Baptists Talk About Sex

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This week, Southern Baptist leaders convened at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a leadership summit on sexuality. New England journalist Ruth Graham offers her perspective on Al Jazeera: The group’s president, Russell Moore, took a gentler, less combative approach than his predecessor, Richard Land, who was known to make incendiary comments. (Just last week, Land suggested on a radio show that homosexuality is caused by childhood sexual abuse.) Most Southern Baptists, like … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Melinda Cadwallader on Getting Naked

All summer long, I’ll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called “Smokin’ Hot Conversations.” These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Earlier this week I asked a question about whether modesty can be redeemed, and I loved Melinda Cadwallader's answer. So she joins us this week to expand on her view of redeeming … [Read more...]

A Modest Question

Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook I asked this question: Do you think it's possible to "redeem" the idea of modesty? Or has rape culture rendered it useless/harmful? The responses were just wonderful. Here are some of them: Leaning towards "not possible": Leaning towards "possible" with qualifications: Finally, this iced Americano fueled string of tweets from Amy Martin: Also see this post today by Rachel Held Evans over at Q Ideas. It clarifies a lot of … [Read more...]

The Exodus of Exodus: Paradigms & Possibility

By now, the big news from Exodus International, to the tune that they are sorry and they are shutting down, is old news in the blogosphere. The conversation has turned from reporting to opinion: Just what does all this mean? Is this apology enough - or even close to enough? Is it some kind of PR cover for reorganizing an institution to market itself more successfully to a changing culture? Is it really just the same old homophobia in sheep's clothing? Or is it a meaningful, important shift - … [Read more...]

Smokin’ Hot Conversations: Amy Thedinga on the Seduction Myth

All summer long, I'll be running a series of guest posts here on the blog called "Smokin' Hot Conversations." These will be posts about gender, relationships, power, and the church, meant to move us to deeper reflection and conversation about the often distracting or harmful messages in Christian culture. Amy Thedinga joins us this week with a powerful post about the seduction myth perpetuated by many pastors. She's a third generation pastor's kid who has a story to tell, and she co-leads a … [Read more...]


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