Category: Sexuality

A Review of the Missouri Presbytery’s Statement on “Homosexuality and the Gospel of Grace”

By Steven Wedgeworth The Presbyterian Church in America’s annual General Assembly is quickly approaching, and at least 8 of the overtures that have been submitted concern sexual identity and LGBT ministry in the church. There is also an overture to...

/ May 22, 2019

Responding to Dr. Wayne Grudem on In Vitro Fertilization

Within the pantheon of ‘difficult issues to disagree upon,’ nothing ranks higher than in vitro fertilization. Or so I have concluded recently, anyway. Opposing gay marriage means one will probably get tarred as a bigot, and dismissed and derided accordingly—which...

/ April 30, 2019

Sex and the Supremacy of Technique

Last week’s essay from Matthew Lee Anderson and Andrew Walker about evangelicals and in vitro fertilization makes an argument worth discussing: God intends that sex and procreation should not be separated from each other. It made me think of the...

/ April 29, 2019

Desire, Duty, and Dynamite

As it becomes clearer and clearer that global climate change is dangerous and will require enormous efforts to protect human lives from its effects, the debate about how our individual choices and corporate efforts affect us has only gotten sharper....

/ April 1, 2019

Will Complementarianism Die with the Baby Boomers?

In the latest edition of his newsletter “The Masculinist,” Aaron Renn dismissed complementarianism as a baby boomer phenomenon that will inevitably die with that generation. Much of the analysis is both interesting and correct, but it also misses a few key points...

/ March 5, 2019

A Christian Ethic of Sex in a Pornographic Age

By Joshua Heavin In the late fourth and early fifth centuries, the church had no shortage of theological controversies and societal crises at hand. Yet several prominent theologians nonetheless devoted significant time to writing about marriage and human sexuality. St....

/ February 7, 2019

Setting Fire to Modern Civilization: On Abuse and Institutions

At this point, the fact of the GOP’s acceptance of the fact that Donald Trump assaults women is well established. So too is their acceptance of the fact that Roy Moore was a pedophile. That this fact should not keep either...

/ September 18, 2018

Assorted Thoughts after Revoice

The controversy surrounding Revoice meant that the surrounding questions occupied more mental space this summer than I had intended. But before I move on to prepare for my fall teaching and other responsibilities, I thought I’d add one or two...

/ August 14, 2018

His Mercy is on them that Fear Him: What I Said at Revoice

I was honored to give the following remarks at the Spiritual Friendship pre-conference. There may be minor variations between the video and the text. I learned much from the other presenters, and especially would commend Johana Finegan’s exceptional defense of Spiritual...

/ August 2, 2018

Augustine, Concupiscence, and Friendship

By Phillip Cary Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfield have identified theological grounds for their criticism of the upcoming Revoice conference and the Spiritual Friendship movement, which aim to use samesex desires for good purposes. Burk and Butterfield describe this as...

/ July 18, 2018