In her new book, Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet, University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Kelsy Burke offers a small peek under the covers of the sex lives of evangelical Christians and her findings reveal a lot of kinky behavior, including "anal play."
The book, which reflects Burke's findings from a nearly two-year ethnographic study of 36 websites where tens of thousands of Christians have sought sexual guidance during the past decade, focused on couples who were heterosexual, married, monogamous and did not look at pornography. Website users concluded that an array of sexual activities qualified as "godly sex" that strengthens Christian marriage.
"The websites I study draw from popular Christian sex advice books (like those authored by the LaHaye's, Wheat's, Young's, Douglas Rosenau, Shannon Etheridge, Kevin Leman) to set the terms, as website creators and users see them, for 'godly sex,'" said Burke to The Christian Post on Thursday. more >>
If Christians are going to engage the culture on sex, they are going to have to see it as "a long-term project" and get used to being labeled a bigots, says Russell Moore.
In a video posted on the Gospel Coalition website on Tuesday, Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, was joined by University Reformed Church Pastor Kevin DeYoung and Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church to address how Christians can effectively speak to a hostile society on the touchiest of sexual issues, particularly homosexuality.
"It's no secret that our culture has changed a lot," said DeYoung, noting that what is widely considered normal today was unthinkable when he was growing up. more >>
When Jesus said people shouldn't judge, he wasn't telling them not to denounce wrong behavior, says world renowned evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
Recently, Graham was asked why Jesus told people not to judge, such as in Luke 6:37, where He said: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned."
"I don't think it's up to us to judge who is religious and who isn't. I have my own beliefs, and I get upset when someone tries to question me about them or make me believe the same way they do. Didn't Jesus say somewhere that we shouldn't judge others?" the person asked in a Q&A submitted to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. more >>
"How do you know if your theology is racist?" Carl Lentz, lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, asked Brooklyn megachurch Pastor A.R. Bernard earlier this month.
Sitting in a comfy sofa chair across from the loosely dressed Lentz in front of a large crowd at the Hillsong NYC conference held at the Barclays Center, Bernard paused briefly then delivered his response.
"Well, let's make the distinction between racist and racism. Racist is a person who has a feeling of superiority above other people by virtue of that person's race," said Bernard, who is the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. more >>
Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson revealed her desire to spread the light of God to others in person instead of on social media at a recent promotional stop for her "Live Original Tour."
In a video posted to Instagram, Robertson is heard talking about her passion to have a deeper connection with people.
"The other night in Tulsa was amazing! 17 souls saved!! Praise God!" she captioned the clip. "It got me pumped for the tour coming up next month, because this is the purpose of the tour... Whatever you see that night could change your life forever. It will mean a whole lot more than just a follow on Instagram or a retweet on Twitter. It's a moment that we get to spend together, and dig a little deeper than we ever could through the Internet." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target doesn't need to spend $20 million to add unisex bathrooms to 300 of its stores nationwide to get its customers back, instead it needs to drop its transgender bathroom policy altogether.
Target recently announced that to end the American Family Association's boycott of the retail giant, it would install a single-use bathrooom in each of its stores that don't already have one. However, men who identify as female would still be allowed to go into women's bathrooms and changing rooms.
In a Facebook post from Wednesday, Graham said Target's "refusal to drop its transgender bathroom policy is going to cost the company — and the shareholders — big bucks!" more >>