Category: Sexuality

The Questions of Gay Marriage: The Authority of Scripture

This is the second part of an ongoing series I started a few months back.  I am proceeding more slowly than I should, but I am wanting to give myself the space to allow the subject to marinate and to...

/ November 12, 2013

Sex and Sacrifice: On the Structure of Autoeroticism

A few weeks back, I wrote the following for Rachel Held Evans’ symposium on whether masturbation is permissible for Christians: If our ethic is to be Christian, then it must be qualified by the cross and resurrection of Jesus.  That...

/ June 25, 2013

Sex without Qualifications: Christianity and the Meaning of Sex

Emily Esfahani Smith wants to inject a little love into the hook-up culture on college campuses, in hopes that the young liberated folks will begin to take sex seriously. As a young woman in 2012—and as a feminist—I think that...

/ November 29, 2012

Altared: A Book on Marriage that Everyone Should Read

“Now here’s a strange thing: a well written, immensely thoughtful exploration of the meaning of marriage that challenges our obsession with it without devaluing it. This is a lovely and needed book that I hope everyone reads.” That was the...

/ November 27, 2012

What’s at stake if Jesus had a wife?

The recent “discovery” of a fragment of a gnostic papyrus suggesting Jesus had a wife has been pretty conclusively overturned as fradulent, so this is old news now. But I’ve been ruminating on my friend David Sessions’ piece on the...

/ October 15, 2012

Sex, Submission, and Evangelicals: Doug Wilson’s Controversial Words

Evangelicals have been beset by another controversy, and this one’s a doozy. Jared Wilson was attempting to critique Fifty Shades of Grey, a book that I have no plans to read ever.  But the bit he excerpted from Doug Wilson...

/ July 19, 2012

The End of Courage and the Surrender of Evangelical Sexual Ethics

“[W]hat the young properly demand is an account of life and the initiation into a community that makes intelligible why their interest in sex should be subordinated to other interests.  What they, and we, demand is the lure of an...

/ May 1, 2012

The Church and Contraception for its Single Members

The ending to my latest piece at Christianity Today, on whether churches should advocate contraceptive use for the sexually active single people in their midst: Beneath the issue of contraception is a question about the role ideals and norms play...

/ April 26, 2012