len on May 6th, 2013

I woke one morning thinking about the new heaven and new earth, and how so many writers have now challenged the common view that heaven is a disembodied existence. Instead, as NT Wright put it, “there is life after life after death.” Behold – God will make all things new, and answer our prayer that […]

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len on April 12th, 2013

This is one of those areas, as Fitch and Holsclaw have noted, where any attempt to find a middle way guarantees that plenty of people will disagree with you. “He who would be a bridge will be walked on by both sides.” But when I found this post by Zach Hoag, I thought, “Eureka! This […]

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len on April 1st, 2013

Two great articles: Steve Holmes in the UK — “This story of warped desires being disciplined and re-ordered seems to me to be somewhere near the heart of a biblical theology of sexuality. The breaking of the proper relationship of mutual love and companionship between husband and wife is explicitly cited as a result of […]

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len on March 28th, 2013

Branson Parler posts an excerpt from 2002: “The problem with debates about homosexuality is they have been devoid of any linguistic discipline that might give you some indication what is at stake. [The denomination of] Methodism, for example, is more concerned with being inclusive than being the church. We do not have the slightest idea […]

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len on December 8th, 2012

I would have each couple turn, join and unjoin, be lost in the turning of other couples, woven in the circle of a dance, the song of long time flowing over them, so they may return, turn in again to themselves out of desire greater than their own, belonging to all, to each, to the […]

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len on September 11th, 2012

Tim Keller writes, “Three different personal and cultural attitudes toward sex have been predominant through the centuries. *Sexual Realism: Sex as natural appetite. *Sexual Platonism: Sex as animal passion. *Sexual Romanticism: Sex as repressed creativity. Sexual Realism Many of the ancient Greeks and Romans viewed sex as similar to any other bodily activity, such as […]

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len on August 18th, 2012

David Fitch posts on the Church and Pomo blog.. “In the church world people still argue about the issue of women’s ordination and equal participation in the authority of the church. Complementarians .. view women in the church as determined by the NT role of husband’s headship over the wife, and Egalitarians .. point to […]

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len on May 19th, 2012

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de St. Exupery Tim Suttle quotes, “A marriage which does not constantly crucify its own selfishness and self-sufficiency, which does not “die to itself” that it may point beyond itself, is not a Christian marriage. […]

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len on November 11th, 2011

I have stolen a large excerpt of a post made by Paul Fromont in early November. An outstanding bit of reflection on marriage, love and growing together. “…Praying is an outlook, a sustained energy, which creates a marriage and makes love and forgiveness life-long. Eternal love never fails; our love needs to forgive and be […]

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len on August 25th, 2011

Attachment, Differentiation and Love In a section titled “Our Need for Relational Wholeness,” Stephen Seamands writes about the journey toward wholeness. He asks, “How do relational problems manifest?” and then quotes Stephen Stratton in his article, “Trinity, Attachment and Love” (Catalyst 29, April, 2003). Stratton relates some things that are helpfully connected: “contemporary Trinitarian theology’s […]

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