Sexuality

Why are suicide rates up 56% among youth in this past decade? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

While I was away this week at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Annual Meeting, a report was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control describing a 56% increase in the suicide rate over the last ten years among Americans between the ages of 10 and 24. Among the “highlights” of the report… The pace of increase for suicide was greater from 2013 to 2017 (7% annually, on average) than from 2007 to 2013 (3% annually).…

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Against an Economy Financed by Human Bodies – Christian Article

By Andreas Vesalius During my teenage years, I experienced periods of intense disdain for my physicality. In becoming fully aware of my sexuality and my existence as a sexual being, I came to oppose such an existence. I envied the sexual unawareness of my prepubescent self. I began to believe my sexuality to be more a curse than a gift. The new and seemingly un-scratchable itch of desire coupled with my reflexive bodily responses to visual and psychological stimuli fostered…

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Affirming God’s Image – Tim Challies – Christian Article

It’s sometimes amazing to consider how quickly societal mores change, how quickly an idea can go from unthinkable to acceptable, from having great social stigma attached to its acceptance to having even greater social stigma attached to its rejection. There may be no better example of this than transgenderism. Less than a generation ago, few would have dared suggest that there is no necessary link between biological sex and gender identity. Today, though, it is commonly believed that a person…

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4 Things Christians Must Reclaim – Christian Article

Rebecca McLaughlin: In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling sticks a knife into her readers’ hearts. Professor Dumbledore is the Gandalf of the series. He’s the only person who’s power for good can match Lord Voldemort’s evil. But in the sixth book a weakened Dumbledore stands at the top of the Astronomy Tower surrounded by his enemies and he appeals to Harry’s teacher nemesis Severus Snape for help. “Severus, please.” And Snape kills him. The scene is…

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20 Quotes on the Hardest Questions Christians Face – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I (Matt Smethurst) read Rebecca McLaughlin’s outstanding new book, Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway, 2019) [TGC review | interview]. My secular friends are twice as likely to raise children who become Christians as I am to raise children who become nonreligious. And the kind of religious beliefs people hold today are not the kind that fit comfortably into the “Coexist” bumper sticker. In North America, partly thanks to immigrant…

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Grace & truth | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Much has been debated recently regarding Singapore’s Penal Code, in particular Section 377A, following the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court to rule in favour of decriminalising homosexuality. Several individuals (including prominent public figures) and groups have weighed in on both sides in print and online media platforms, and some have even been aggressively garnering support for online petitions either to support or repeal. What follows is a personal reflection on this pertinent…

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Reviewing the MO Presbytery’s Statement on homosexuality & the Gospel – Christian Article

By Steven Wedgeworth The Presbyterian Church in America’s annual General Assembly is quickly approaching, and at least 8 of the overtures that have been submitted concern sexual identity and LGBT ministry in the church. There is also an overture to release Covenant Theological Seminary from official PCA oversight, and it’s hard to think that this isn’t at least partially due to the controversy surrounding last year’s Revoice Conference. Covenant itself seems to feel the heat. After issuing a generic statement…

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Sex and the Supremacy of Technique – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Last week’s essay from Matthew Lee Anderson and Andrew Walker about evangelicals and in vitro fertilization makes an argument worth discussing: God intends that sex and procreation should not be separated from each other. It made me think of the story of Donald Cline, the fertility doctor who (unknown to his patients) used his own sperm when inseminating his patients, eventually “fathering” at least 50 children. The Atlantic article about Donald Cline by Sarah Zhang on Cline is well-told, but…

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Responding to Dr. Wayne Grudem on In Vitro Fertilization – Christian Article

Within the pantheon of ‘difficult issues to disagree upon,’ nothing ranks higher than in vitro fertilization. Or so I have concluded recently, anyway. Opposing gay marriage means one will probably get tarred as a bigot, and dismissed and derided accordingly—which is certainly no fun. But at the end of the day, opposing the putative freedom of consenting adults to unite themselves seems trivial compared to arguing that people do something morally wrong in conceiving a child. With all due respect…

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Desire, Duty, and Dynamite – Christian Article

As it becomes clearer and clearer that global climate change is dangerous and will require enormous efforts to protect human lives from its effects, the debate about how our individual choices and corporate efforts affect us has only gotten sharper. Take, for example, this recent discussion from David Roberts (expanded with this Twitter thread) about “climate hawks”: while concern for Earth’s climate has traditionally been linked to environmental identity and environmentalism as an ideology, ameliorating climate change will require a…

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