The 10 best things I was ever told about ‘Christian sex’

I’ve heard the most appalling — and the most beautiful — messages about sex in the church. Too often, the church is silent and bashful about sex, and when the church has spoken out about sex, many messages I heard have either been shaming or repressive. Here’s the 10 best thing I’ve ever heard about “Christian sex.”

So long, Catholic Boy Scouts?

Surprising news:
Boy Scouts of America Says Discussing End to Ban on Gay Members

DALLAS (Reuters) – Boy Scouts of America is discussing ending a longstanding ban on gay members and whether to allow local organizations to decide their own policy, a spokesman said on Monday. Lifting the ban would mark a dramatic reversal for the 103-year-old organization, which only last summer reaffirmed its policy amid heavy criticism from gay rights groups and some parents of scouts. “The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” spokesman Deron Smith said in an email to Reuters. “The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue,” the spokesman said. The organization, which had more than 2.6 million youth members and more than 1 million adult members at the end of 2012, “would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” Smith said.


What would Jesus pack?

In Matthew 10:34, Jesus declares, provocatively, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” So far as I know, however, this is not a scripture that white evangelicals appeal to when justifying their opposition to gun control.

Quote of the Day: Actress Megan Fox

(RNS) “It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head — I’m going to sound like such a lunatic — and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you’re not thinking because you have no idea what you’re saying. Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can’t control it.” – Actress Megan Fox, in an interview with Esquire magazine, about growing up Pentecostal and speaking in tongues.

Buddhist Leader Issues Peace Proposal Calling for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Dialogue between China and Japan

TOKYO: On January 26, 2013, Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International
(SGI) Buddhist association, published his 31st annual peace proposal,
“Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and
Creative Coexistence.” Ikeda stresses the centrality of the dignity of life and calls for action toward abolition of nuclear weapons, the need to address poverty as a human rights issue and ways of improving relations between China and Japan. To make respect for the dignity of life a reality, he proposes three broad guidelines: sharing the joys and sufferings of others, having faith in the limitless possibilities of life and consistently defending and celebrating diversity. Specifically, Ikeda emphasizes dialogue and self-reflection as means for spreading empathy and fostering a culture of peace. He notes that, because of the multilayered nature of human identity, “there is always the possibility of finding in one-to-one human interchanges points of confluence and mutual resonance.”

Immigration Reform

Tomorrow is the beginning of what will be a congressional battle over immigration reform. The subject was rarely and lightly handled in the political wars last year, perhaps because both parties found other issues to be more important for the country or more exploitable by their candidates. Whoever thought that the issue would remain relatively quiet and subject to merely partisan but still civil debate has found or will find that it is as potentially uncivil and vitriolic as most contentions are in this polarized society. A signal of possible change appeared early last week, for example, as reported in the Chicago Tribune last Tuesday. Brian Bennett reported on how conservative evangelicals, long presumed to be anti-immigration reform, were now seeing the emergence of various important voices in a coalition of supporters.