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What Is Marriage? A Summary of a Secular Defense of Man and Woman

Sometimes the most obvious things in life are the hardest to define. For example, how does one define beauty? Or manhood? Or marriage? Traditionally, such features of human existence were taken for granted as objective and self-evident, requiring no defense. But things have changed. The obvious is no longer obvious. It’s not quite right to […]

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Review: Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). As an unmarried seminarian, I found myself surrounded by classmates who were married, many of them with children. It wasn’t uncommon for professors to verbally acknowledge and extend academic grace to students who were behind, tardy, or absent due to a […]

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Review: Cupid Is a Procrastinator: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life, by Kate Hurley

I happen to be in a very small minority. I’m in my thirties, I’m an ordained minister in the PCA, and I’m still single. As I get older, I’ve come to see more and more the blessings of singleness. I have learned to appreciate the freedom and simplicity of being able set my own schedule, […]

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Athanasius and the Scope of the Story

Over at Spiritual Friendship, my friend Kyle Keating has written this post on the theology of St. Athanasius, 4th-century bishop of Alexandria and chief opponent of the heretic Arius. The gist: our framework for morality must be grounded in the overall storyline of Scripture. If we hold to any ethic—and in this case any ethic departing […]

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“Was Bonhoeffer Gay?” And Other Adventures in Missing the Point

Trevin Wax has posted this review on The Gospel Coalition on the subject of a new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer called Strange Glory by Deckle Edge (Knopf, 2014). In this biography, Edge suggests that Bonhoeffer may have been gay (even though he died a virgin), and experienced sexual attraction toward his close friend Eberhard Bethge. The gist of Wax’s […]

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The Labor of Love

At Spiritual Friendship, Chris Damian has posted this piece on the true meaning of love. He pushes back on the idea of “love at first sight,” which is really a selfish love. It is based on how the other makes one feel rather than on true knowledge of the other. Here is the meat of his […]

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Thou Shalt Not Forsake Thy Celibate Christian LGBTQ Brethren

Today Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart of Slate Magazine wrote an article about “Side B” Christians. These are followers of Christ who, though fully committed to biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality, nevertheless identify openly as LGBTQ. Most of these Christians choose the difficult—but also potentially very fulfilling—life of celibacy. Others of them choose to enter complementary-sex marriages, in full recognition that […]

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