This tradtional, well-trod, yet unresolved battleground gets a thorough going over from James R. Aist at iPost, the Christian Post blog site. Many familiar names in the footnotes, including some old friends and colleagues, so it makes for good reading. Aist leans quite heavily on New Zealand researchers/authors Neil and Briar Whitehead, whose facetiously-titled My Genes Made Me Do It! forms the majority of his thesis.
Aist breaks the article into a number of predictable, yet compelling and heavily footnoted pieces:
Therapy and Counseling Results
The Role of Choice in Homosexuality
Models for the Development of Sexual Orientation
Homosexuality Is Not From God
All in all, this is likely a very helpful piece for those lay leaders and pulpit pilots too busy or simply unequipped to research this issue.
Excellent post from Julie Rodgers on the natural tendency to replace God with our own fallen sexuality:
Sometimes I made it the biggest deal ever by embracing all things gay, analyzing all things gay, obsessing over all things gay, and trying to figure out how to be the best gay I could be. Other times I made it the biggest deal ever by embracing not-being-gay, analyzing not-being-gay, obsessing over all things not-being-gay, and trying to figure out how to be the best not-gay I could be. Either way, my gay gazing has frequently shifted my gaze away from the one I love most, which is a much bigger problem than being gay or not being gay (even though we’re prone to believe gay is the biggest deal ever).
The core of this new group, recently interviewed by
Christianity magazine, are Sam Alberry, a church leader in Maidenhead,
Sean Doherty, a tutor at St Mellitus College, and Ed Shaw, who helps to
lead Emmanuel Church in Bristol.
These are men in pastoral ministry who admit to feelings of same sex
attraction but who also see the Bible’s prohibitions on same-sex
relationships as non-negotiable.
They are shortly to launch a website called ‘Living Out’, aimed at
helping others think through the realities of being same-sex attracted
while remaining committed to a biblical sexual morality.
From Robert A.J. Gagnon: Coming
soon to a locale near you, thanks to supporters of homosexual practice
around the world: "Advocating for the right of consenting adults to
share and enjoy love, sex, residence, and marriage without limits on the
gender [= homosexual practice], number [= polygamy of all shapes,
heterosexual and homosexual], or relation [= incest] of participants.
Full marriage equality is a basic human right." Arguments by proponents
of "gay marriage" are no different from those supporting
adult-consensual polyamory or incest. Indeed, one has to leapfrog over
polyamorous and incestuous unions between consenting adults to validate
the even more extreme violation of sexual ethics known as "gay marriage"
since the twoness of the sexual bond (no polygamy) and the necessity of
embodied complementary otherness (no incest) is predicated ultimately
on a male-female paradigm. As this site says on its headline moniker.
Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements, doesn't lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen.
On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying
about their radical political agenda. She says that they don't want to
access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and
eventually eliminate it.
Pretty telling is this quote from Gessen:
"It's a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to
marry, but I also think equally that it's a no-brainer that the
institution of marriage should not exist. …(F)ighting for gay marriage
generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage
when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is
not going to change, and that is a lie."
To vote for it, to legislate it, to rule in favor of it, to tell your
friends at the office that you think it's just fine—all this is sin. To
support it publicly or privately is to "give approval to those who
practice" the very things that God promises to judge—exactly what we're
told not to do in Romans 1:32.
Further, same-sex marriage embraces a definition of humanity that is
less than human and a definition of love that is less than love. And it
is not freedom from religion that the advocates of same-sex marriage
want; they want to repress one religion in favor of another.
Christians must not go with the flow. They must instead love the
advocates of same-sex marriage better than they love themselves
precisely by refusing to endorse it.
I have some concerns with Marco Rubio, but I think at heart he is a pro-US, pro-liberty conservative who has simply to be corrected on a number of premises he’s adopted along the way, after which his message will resonate more completely with constitutionalists who remain dubious. In the meanwhile, I like this.
Curtis Silver throws down the gauntlet with Amazon.com:
The Kindle e-book titled The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure crosses the line of free speech, spits in our face and then crosses back over the line. Everything that is happening here, with the existence and sale of this book is protected by free speech - unless a crime has been committed by the author. That is yet to be proven.
Physicians J. S. McIhaney and F. M. Bush have written this short but fact-filled book, aptly titled Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children (Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishing, 2008), to make the general public aware of emerging scientific understanding of brain development as it pertains to adolescent sexuality. The authors give clear and easy-to-read insight into how nature has intended human beings to function optimally and why sexual behavior is reserved for marriage.
I was born in 1950 with several medical problems including neurological complications and a cleft lip and palate, which required immediate treatment and isolation from my mother – literally from the moment of birth. My sudden and violent separation from her resulted in two emotional (read: psychological) conditions universally recognized and validated by Christian and secular psychotherapeutic professions: separation anxiety and defensive detachment.
Wyoming County District
Attorney George Skumanick Jr. has presented local teens with an ultimatum: enroll
in an education course designed to spell out the dangers of sexting or accept felony charges of child pornography.
The images in this particular case extend from nude and topless photos to one girl
in an opaque training bra and another in a bikini.
actions are certainly contentious and some critics say he is over-reaching. And
of course, the ACLU has filed its obligatory suit claiming the attorney has violated
the privacy of some of the girls who have a First Amendment "right" to express freely
themselves. I could be wrong about this, but I don’t remember anyone having a constitutional
right to privacy, but I guess that’s a conversation for another day. But I
just a matter of time before this technological development lent itself to the soft
white underbelly of the social scene. I guess we can consider that progress
will always have its downside.
CHICAGO -- Though youth is fleeting,
images sent on a cell phone or posted online may not be, especially if they're
habit of distributing nude self-portraits electronically -- often called
"sexting" if it's done by cell phone -- has parents and school
administrators worried. Some prosecutors have begun charging teens who send and
receive such images with child pornography and other serious felonies. But is
that the best way to handle it?
we'll get the message out to these kids," says Michael McAlexander, a
prosecutor in Allen County, Ind., which includes Fort Wayne. A teenage boy there is facing felony obscenity charges for allegedly sending a photo of his private parts to
several female classmates. Another boy was recently charged with child
pornography in a similar case.
cases, the photos are sent to harass other teens or to get attention. Other
times, they're viewed as a high-tech way to flirt. Either way, law enforcement
officials want it to stop, even if it means threatening to add "sex
offender" to a juvenile's confidential record.
"We don't want to throw these kids in jail," McAlexander says. "But we want them to think."
That would be nice. In a different sort of way.
Cartoon by Steve Kelley, New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Using fallen angel Ted Haggard as his linchpin, Jeff
Buchanan, Director of the Exodus Church Network, addresses how the church can better
reach those who struggle with same-sex attractions and behavior:
he had been honest from the very beginning? I'm not talking about the beginning
of the scandal, I mean from the very beginning of his ministry. What if he had
disclosed his struggle with same-sex attractions to his church and to the
National Association of Evangelicals at the very start? Would he still have
become president of one of the world's largest evangelical organizations? Would
he still have become one of America's most respected spiritual
leaders? I would like to believe so. However, I am not naïve to the fact that
there are, unfortunately, many other organizations that desire leaders who are
"spiritual lions" but upon the admission of any significant weakness,
they are sacrificed liked lambs. Was this what Ted was afraid of and if so, was
it justified? Do we have a culture in the church today where vulnerability in
leadership is considered a disqualifying weakness? If so, what are we going to
do about it?
question, one that’s been asked for quite some time and for which the church at
large has yet to find a suitable answer. I'm going to be in the Caribbean when Ted's HBO special (proof that money will, in fact, buy anything) airs on Jan.29th, so I'll get my two cents in now. I can't think of a story less worth telling to the general public. Just another reason television is not a part of my life.