HEADlines: Love or Lust

Published in The Mustard Seed Sentinel, August 28, 2021~ Covenant: “a formal agreement or contract, between God and humans or between two human parties to do or refrain from doing something. Sometimes only one party was responsible to carry out the terms (a unilateral covenant, which was essentially a promise). At other times both parties …

Love, Lust, Porn and the Church

Pornography is “so focused on yourself, you don’t even have another person. . . . [It] is everything the Bible says is not what sex is supposed to be.” Dr. Tim Keller I remember a college class called science, technology, and society, actually a philosophy class, in which the professor posited that the images we …

Normalizing Porn

“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Fantine is a single mother who loses …

The Upside-Down World Is Becoming Our Own

Published in Mustard Seed Sentinel, August 22, 2020. When the Roman Empire collapsed, the loss of basic knowledge of how to do ordinary things was immense. The Oxford historian Bryan Ward-Perkins [says] that it took western Europeans something like 700 years to relearn how to build a roof as solid as the Romans knew how …

Finding Each Other Again

“People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is …

Shaping our brains; shaping our souls

In When Breath Becomes Air, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi tells the story of a patient who insisted on having a brain tumor removed against the advice of his surgeons. The tumor was situated in a critical speech center in the brain. Excising it was likely to render the patient speechless for life. Kalanithi was about to …

Pushing Back Against Pornography

“A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in porn when they were adolescents. Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible, on devices designed to deliver content swiftly and privately, all at an age when their …

Christian Transparency: The Key to Healing Hearts

“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NASB). Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer is the story of a white girl growing up in South Africa during Apartheid. Rosa Burger’s parents are arrested for their anti-Apartheid activities, leaving their young daughter in the care of less sympathetic “Christian” relatives. Her …

Pernicious Porn Plagues the Church Too

Last week, I invited my high school English students to select the technology they thought was most important. If they could choose only one, would they choose the printing press, the automobile, or electricity? I was a bit surprised that, among a group of new drivers or soon to be new drivers, no one selected …