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On Feeling Sexy

Spring has arrived, so hats, scarves and bulky coats are being replaced. . . with bare skin. There’s something I deeply love about feeling the sun and breeze on my skin after a hard winter—it makes me feel alive! But as I looked around the other day, I wondered why some show quite so much skin. Don’t get me wrong—I…

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Why Single People Make Great Pastors

She said they are hesitant to promote her to the student pastor position because she is unmarried. She has a four-year pastoral ministry degree, has worked for years in student ministry at this egalitarian church, but she is about to be passed over for a man who is just graduating, but has an unaccredited ordination and a wedding band. But…

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Masturbation in Theology Class

Just last week, I was waxing eloquent on the theological meaning of our human bodies, the impact of physicality on spirituality and vice versa, the importance of listening to our bodies and giving them what they need. . . And then it came up. By “it,” I mean a question about masturbation. She raised her hand and asked, “If we’re…

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Modesty Is For Me, Not You.

There it was, in the middle of a Christian book on young women’s sexuality. The Modesty Chapter. And there it was again, a call to dress for others. Mother told Daughter she couldn’t go out in public “like that” because the boys would be staring at her boobs. Now, I didn’t see what Daughter wore—perhaps it was totally inappropriate. But…

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