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Gun-Toting Masculinities: Changing the Conversation in the Wake of Terror

April 25, 2013

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On a story lost in the busyness of last week’s news out of Boston: Each senator, when he or she voted on April 17th’s gun control bill, had the victims of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy in mind. With family members of those who died in the shooting lobbying congress in the days and weeks before […]

The RNC and America’s Carpenters

September 13, 2012

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This post comes as a belated response to the Republican National Convention of three weeks ago. However, I do not desire to talk policy. Rather, what struck me as profoundly horrifying was the excessive language and imagery of hegemonic heterosexuality and white power.Inspiring this response of mine are two excerpts. The first comes from a […]

A Phallic Failure

July 22, 2012

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Conservative biblical scholar Mike Bird recently blogged a response to Doug Wilson’s quote on sexuality (written in a book thirteen years ago and cited recently by Jared Wilson): When we quarrel with the way the world is, we find that the world has ways of getting back at us. In other words, however we try, the […]

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 […]

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 […]