Is oral sex OK for Christians? A quick Google search on this question online is likely to yield a plethora of responses, but for popular theologian and Baptist preacher John Piper, the answer to that question should depend on a number of factors.
In a recent discussion of the question on the 400th episode of Ask Pastor John, the first consideration that comes into play when answering this question says Piper is that oral sex should be done within the confines of marriage.
"I think it is wrong outside marriage…Oral sex is even more intimate and delicate, it seems, than copulation. And we know this because even married couples are wondering if they should go there. It is as if it is a stage of intimacy that may not even be proper for married people," explained Piper. more >>
Long the domain of church and state officials, in Indiana the solemnization of marriages now can be overseen by people who profess to have no religion at all.
Indiana has opted to not try to delay a decision from a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals allowing for non-theists to officiate weddings. more >>
WASHINGTON – Real love is the "common denominator" among people who break free from pornography, says faith blogger and recovering porn addict Matt Aujero. Speaking for a summer Theology on Tap series Tuesday, Aujero recounted his own struggles with pornography as a college student and later as a husband. In those times, he said, the real love of God, his brothers in Christ and his wife rescued him.
Real love, Aujero told the crowd of young adults, is "something that porn can never ever measure up to" because real love sets higher expectations than settling for self-fulfillment. Porn, he explained, "prevents men and women from becoming the men and women they were meant to be for God, for their significant others and their loved ones."
The Catholic writer behind the blog CatholicFriedRice.com noted that porn breaks up one in four marriages and even may lead to erectile dysfunction. Most notably, Matt discovered that porn is a poor way to fill the void that has long existed in his own life. more >>
Three states filed appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court over recent decisions declaring their state-level marriage bans unconstitutional.
Utah, Virginia and Oklahoma have filed the appeals earlier this week as numerous courts across the country consider lawsuits against the various state marriage amendments passed via referendum from 2004 to 2012.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a statement that his duty is to legally defend the will of the state's voters, a majority of whom supported the state's marriage amendment. more >>
Singles can experience intimate satisfaction even though they are not engaging in sex, which God designed to be within the context of marriage, says Christian author Hafeez Baoku.
Baoku, author of "Sex, God, and the Single Life," explains that singles oftentimes wrestle with the idea of sex only to end up frustrated because they focus on what they do not have instead of placing their efforts on fulfilling other aspects of their lives.
"Singleness shouldn't be a waiting period for superman, it's about enjoying your life, God and relationships with others. We should focus on establishing our careers, traveling, or pursing other things. There's so much more to experience than thinking 'ok I'm not going to have sex,'" Baoku told The Christian Post. more >>
This is the fifth and final column in a five-part series on marriage and originally appeared on the Public Discourse. Robert P. George also co-authored this column.
Although we disagree with each other about the nature of marriage, we are united in the conviction that it is an issue on which reasonable people of good will can and do reach divergent conclusions.
The purpose of our exchanges has been to explore our very different understandings of the meaning of marriage and its implications. We have taken advantage of the fact that we are old friends and longtime academic colleagues who can speak candidly with each other about points of deep difference in a spirit of civility and mutual respect. We hope that these exchanges will, at a minimum, demonstrate to readers that such a thing is possible, even when it involves an issue as consequential and emotionally fraught as the meaning and proper definition of marriage. more >>