Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2012«

Are Some Theologies Creating Violently Sexual Men?

June 28, 2012

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During my daily scan of biblical and Christian blogs yesterday, I came across a post on John Piper’s website briefly reviewing a new book out by two psychologists about young men and porn and gaming addictions. With its strong language, the first paragraph of Russell Moore’s blog post grabbed my attention: You know the guy I’m talking […]

The Limits of “Effeminacy” in Christian Life (According to THIS Guy)

June 27, 2012

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Look, I dislike “contemporary” Christian music as much as the next person, but Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson has some serious issues with it. Take a look! Disregarding his high-pitched boy band-like voice and slight lisp, I cannot help but wonder what his association between “effeminacy” and “gay[ness]” means for Christian men. Indeed, gender identity […]

Laverne Cox Article, “Everybody’s Trans.” Check It Out!

June 21, 2012

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I stumbled across this article today, written for the Huffington Post by Laverne Cox, wherein she describes how the lines between gender expression and sexuality are blurred in our culture. Herself trans., Cox introduces her piece profoundly, writing, When I was bullied as a child, called names, chased home from school, and sometimes physically attacked, […]

David, Contraception, and the “Defenders” of “Religious Liberty”

June 20, 2012

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When the Lectionary takes up the beloved story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49) this Sunday, many preachers will be sermonizing on a narrative with themes that have been embraced and reframed over and over again in American culture. Indeed, many of our nation’s favorite cultural tales favor the “little guy” […]

The Bible Can’t Talk: When Liberal Christians Make Unconvincing Cases for Marriage Equality

June 12, 2012

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When Pastor Charles Worley made the remark in a sermon that all “the homosexuals” should be put behind “an electrified fence” (a link can be found below), the blogosphere exploded in reaction. And, indeed, his words were crazy, unacceptable, immoral, stupid, hateful, and frightening. However, I noted the alleged foundation to his argument: “The Bible’s […]

“A House Divided” in Catholic Bishops’ Masculinities (cf. Mark 3:19-27)

June 6, 2012

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A few weeks ago a group of three former Catholic priests sent a letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune stating their opposition to the upcoming constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. And, while it received substantial news coverage, I found the response from the Archdiocese of St. Paul more significant insofar as it assumed a sort of […]