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Part 4 of Understanding Rape Culture

A lot of people seem flabbergasted at the emergence of hookup culture, but it’s really just the logical conclusion of serial monogamy.  It’s also the source of what we call rape culture.  

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Part 3 of Understanding Rape Culture

There are a broad set of behaviors included in the category of sexual assault–many of which have become commonplace. But when consent is the only allowable metric, parsing out wrongdoing becomes extremely difficult. This is the 3rd Installment of Understanding … Continue reading

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Lutheran in a Strange Land – New YouTube Channel

Welcome to a new experiment. I’ve had enough requests for video content that I’ve decided to give it a try and create a new YouTube Channel called Lutheran in a Strange Land. The thing is, I teach adult Sunday school … Continue reading

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“Conceived by the Holy Spirit” – The Apostles’ Creed is Pro-Life

A couple weeks ago, I came across a post at Steadfast Lutherans proposing a resolution for the upcoming Synodical convention “to condemn the pro-choice ideology as heresy.”  I have to confess, I was initially pretty skeptical about it. Now, this … Continue reading

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The Proper Care and Feeding of Essential Theology

Blogger’s note: This is the prose version of a recent talk I gave at my church’s recent congregational retreat where we considered the subject of change in the Church.  It’s intended for a lay audience with varying levels of education.  … Continue reading

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Whose Morality Have We Been Teaching?

Lately, Dalrock has been getting me thinking about the negative impact of chivalry on Christians’ understanding of sexual morality. One of the key parts of the idea is that the false but ubiquitous belief that sex is legitimated by romance … Continue reading

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When Devotionals Attack

I have a confession to make: I’ve never been a big fan of devotionals. As instructional material, I usually find them both shallow and unnecessarily flowery. As inspirational material, they usually feel emotionally manipulative. And as material that is supposed … Continue reading

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Do We Really Need More Women Leaders in the Church?

Awhile back, I was involved in an informal discussion about opening up the office of congregational president to women at an LCMS congregation. We were all on the same page with respect to God only calling men to the office … Continue reading

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Answering Some Criticisms

I got quite a bit of feedback on the last Federalist article (on Abstinence vs. Chastity), so I wanted to take a moment to address some of the criticisms that actually addressed my arguments. Objection: Jesus never taught anything about … Continue reading

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The Church Needs to Teach Chastity Instead of Abstinence

I have a new piece over at The Federalist: That’s the problem with purity culture. It purports to be about saving sex for marriage, but the whole point of purity rings and abstinence is to refrain from sex while delaying … Continue reading

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