The Hunted Sex: Why Men Are The Prey In An Eroticized Culture

Image by Dan Rybicky A deep panting was breathed in the dank darkness, matched with the heavy breathing of a dozen more shadowy figures. A low snarl echoed off the cave walls as the bared teeth and mane of a fierce lion emerged into the light. While believing that he was safe in the center of the room where the only light penetrated from some unseen source in the ceiling, the danger became palpable. The teeth of this beast glistened from the coating... Read More

Why You Naturally Think About Sex and Food (and How It Can Be Changed): The Ritual and Habit of Your Mind and Thoughts

Image by Eric Macdonald Synapses and neurons fire constantly in our brains, carving out pathways in which electrical impulses surge through out minds to access stored information and gather thoughts and images for our ritualized behavior. The science of the brain and the way we think is foreign to most (including me). And while much of this incredible data is mysterious, one things seems clear: Our habitual rituals are made more easily accessible... Read More

A Christian Guide to Choosing a Birth Control Method

Image by JackelynAnn There are some groups of Christians, such as the Quiverfull movement , who are opposed to the use of birth control. I’m not a member in any of those groups. I’m in the group that advocates the use of birth control in a monogamous marriage, whereby both partners have prayerfully considered the chosen method and agree that it is God honoring, obedient to His call for their marriage, and respectful of human life. As a mom of... Read More

Through Discipleship, Transformation Comes: Lessons of Growth From The First International Missionary

When a person is immersed, change can really occur. To that end, I am pretty adamant in the idea of the Christian walk being more than an expression of Church. And I recognize this is not easy. However, I do believe it is way easier to live out one’s Christian walk with a community, as opposed to just being in a Wednesday or Sunday Bible study. Trying to succeed when we so often fail, or fighting the flesh that wages war against our souls is difficult.... Read More

Changing a Culture of Sex and Promiscuity: Thoughts on Purity From the Mission Field

My wife and I are experiencing a roadblock as missionaries, but one that I have yet to approach with a crystal clear answer.  In reality, I feel like we are floundering.  Last week, Andy Scott wrote the article “ARE THERE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN? RETHINKING THE SOCIAL DIVISION BETWEEN THE SEXES.”  Yesterday, Jonathan Keck wrote an article on homosexuality.  Both of these articles are dealing with sexuality in a Christian context and... Read More

Are There Boundaries Between Men and Women? Rethinking the Social Division Between the Sexes

After reflecting on the years that I spent growing up in a conservative church, I can recall experiencing very little interaction with the opposite sex. Although boys and girls were permitted to sit together during the youth group worship services, it was a rare occasion when an individual from either sex took advantage of this opportunity. For the most part, boys would sit on one side of the sanctuary and girls on the other. The few times that I... Read More

Beauty, Lust, and Pornography Through the Eyes of God: Confessions and Musings of a Lust-Crazed Youth

Image by Candice Wouters Sometimes I wish I were blind. Life would no doubt be more complicated in the simple tasks, but in reality it would benefit my soul. You see, I have what doctors call a “wandering eye.” If only it were a real medical condition. No, the wandering eye is praised and seen as the natural condition of humans by western American culture. Images dance across movie screens, television broadcasts, billboards, and internet ads everyday.... Read More

Righteous Anger or Sinful Rage: How Should Christians React to a World that Hates Christ?

Crowbar in hand, this gross misrepresentation would be set straight. Wearing a T-shirt which stated, “Jesus is tougher than nails,” Kathleen Folden set out to end this blasphemy. Bashing in the glass case which held this demonically inspired “art,” she freed the world from another gross and distorted image of Christ. She shred and ripped apart the parchment so defiled with the portrayal of a cross-dressing Christ in the midst of a homosexual... Read More

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