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Articles categorized as Sexual Ethics


Which generous spaciousness for gay Christians?

The book is written for those for whom “simplistic, black and white answers on these questions will not suffice.”

Bible, gender, sexuality

Reframing the church’s debate on same-sex relationships

On the meaning of “Heterosexuality”

‘Orientation’ and ‘identity’ are both concepts that should be jettisoned for theological ethics.

Sex and sacrifice: On the structure of autoeroticism

Sacrifice and self-giving for another’s good go together, even in sexual desire.

The end of courage and the surrender of Evangelical sexual ethics

Should evangelicals encourage and advocate for the use of contraception, or even present information in our churches that signal (tacitly or otherwise) approval and exhoration?

A hill to die on: Evangelicals, contraception, and the integrity of our witness

Advocating for contraception for unmarried Christians would represent a new low for the evangelical churches understanding of human sexuality.

Why churches shouldn’t push contraceptives to their singles

Reducing abortion is a noble and urgent goal. This is the wrong way to do it.

Sin and health

Evangelicals sit in a somewhat paradoxical relationship with these cultural narratives about homosexuality and weight. Ministries are tasked not only with fulfilling their institutional vocation of helping those with same-sex desires live faithfully but also with defending their legitimacy and distancing themselves from their problematic methods of the past (think shock therapy).

We are all witnesses: singleness and the kingdom

Regardless of our status, the form of our lives is to point beyond ourselves, to remind each other of the reality of the revelation which we have heard, to be a people among whom the Word of God is living and active. Otherwise, the married and the single risk saying to each other, “Go your way, for I have no need of you.”

The trouble with Ed Young’s rooftop sexperiment

Yes, the church needs to talk more about sex. But pastors may need to talk about it less.

Washed and waiting

Reflections on Christian faithfulness and homosexuality

Why the church should still publicly oppose gay marriage

Would it be better to no longer defend traditional marriage in the public square? Not opposing same sex marriage may not solve Christianity’s image problem.

Caitlin Flanagan and the disenchantment of sex

If nothing is sacred, nothing can be profaned. The reverberations from a scandal surrounding colleges and sex might provide a little hope that the total disenchantment of sex is not yet complete.

The choice of children: the logic of gay marriage and abortion

The complex relationship of procreation, gender differences, and reproductive impulses that is heterosexual marriage exists “pre-politically.”

A sword between the sexes

Van Leeuwen’s book is a provocative and thorough study of both Lewis the author and Lewis the man.