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 >>
The United Methodist Church's highest court will be deciding whether or not the denomination's first openly gay bishop will be allowed to serve.
In July, delegates of the UMC Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto to be bishop of the UMC Mountain Sky Area, even though Church rules state that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be ordained.
Next spring, the United Methodist Judicial Council will consider a petition centered on whether or not Oliveto can serve given that she is a married lesbian. more >>
Controversial Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll believes that polygamy might soon become legalized in America and that gender fluidity and neutrality will likely be the cause.
"My belief is that it is entirely possible, if not probable, that you will see polygamy legalized in our lifetime as you now have people who are more gender fluid — they're not ascribing to one particular gender or sexuality," the pastor tells viewers of his video blog posted on Monday.
Driscoll asks, "What is our definition of marriage culturally? It doesn't seem like we have one, and the result is it's open for discussion and debate. ... The argument will be made that this [polygamy] allows people to express the fullness of their gender identity and their sexual orientation and preferences. Some will also argue it will reduce the number of divorces … it will help stabilize the family … " more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is hailing a Texas judge's decision to grant an injunction to block President Obama's transgender directive for public schools nationwide.
Earlier this week, a district court judge blocked the implementation of a directive from the Obama administration that would require public schools to allow male students to use girls' bathrooms and locker rooms if they self-identify as female.
Princeton University is seemingly phasing out references to the word "man," as the historic Ivy League institution has issued a memo detailing the gender-inclusive terminology that staff members should use to avoid offending anybody with gender-binary terms.
Princeton's human resources department has produced a four-page document outlining how staff members within the department should write different resourcing documents and policies so they don't label others with gender-specific pronouns and suffixes, the College Fix reported on Thursday.
"Consistent with style guidelines issued by Princeton's Office of Human Resources and Office of Communications, and as endorsed by the Institutional Equity Planning Group as a preferred university practice, HR has developed these gender inclusive style guidelines, to be utilized by all HR staff members in HR communications, policies, job descriptions, and job postings," the memo states. "These communication guidelines reflect the inclusive culture and policies at Princeton University." more >>