July 8, 2015

So this is the post where I’m promising answers, and I need to be very clear up front: I don’t have them. If you find that you are backed into a corner with no way out, you feel powerless and depressed, long stretches of abstinence are setting you and your spouse at each other’s throats, every time you give up in desperation and “cheat” with your spouse you feel suicidally guilty, you hate your fertility your body and your chart,… Read more

July 7, 2015

Yesterday, I talked about how NFP functions as an ascetic practice, and why that can be a very good thing for marriage. Today, I want to talk about how it can be dangerous when NFP is used during times of marital crisis, or when avoiding pregnancy is a grave necessity. Read more

July 6, 2015

This will take a couple posts. We’ll start by talking about NFP use under normal conditions where a couple wants to space their children, or avoid pregnancy for serious but not grave reasons. Read more

July 5, 2015

Every so often in discussions of NFP there’s that person who pops up and says “I use NFP. I love it. Sometimes it can be a little bit frustrating if you’re having trouble with the charting, but I don’t understand what the big deal is.” If you get them talking theoretically, there’s a lot of rhapsodizing about virtue, self-sacrifice and respect for the gift of fertility. If you get them talking practically, Read more

July 4, 2015

There are a lot of factors that can influence how onerous NFP is for any given couple, and whether it is practically feasible at all. Before judging those who fail or give up, it’s a good idea to be aware of the factors that might make NFP easier for you than it is for most. So, here’s a handy tool. Read more

July 4, 2015

Over the past week, I’ve seen two really unfortunate trends. One is the more or less constant belly-aching of traditional Christians about the persecutions that are surely just around the corner now that gay marriage is legal. The other is people being deeply hurt and scandalized by the belly-aching. Read more

July 3, 2015

In which venture into the realm of ghetto web-comics. Read more

July 3, 2015

Over the past year, I’ve had a number of people ask me for good Christian resources aimed at helping pastors, parents and Christians with gender dysphoria to navigate the difficult questions about gender identity that we face in the postmodern world. In all cases I’ve smiled sadly, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “Well… Read more

July 3, 2015

The last time that I was blogging about NFP was several years ago, and I was angry. I had just suffered a miscarriage as a result of an ill-advised pregnancy. I knew before I got pregnant Read more

July 2, 2015

Several months before I decided to take God seriously I was in an argument with a Christian who suggested that there was no point in combing the Old Testament for contradictions in order to prove that Christianity was foolish: the Old Testament was full of apparent contradictions because it could only truly be understood or interpreted in the light of the New Testament. So naturally I set out to find the contradictions in the New Testament. Read more

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