Category Archives: Sex

Abusers, Hucksters and the Protection of Wronged Parties

The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. Proverbs 18:17 (ESV) Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured

We All Need Protection…from Ourselves

Galatians 1:6-12 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or

The Heartbeat of Addiction

When reading C.S. Lewis, I don’t normally expect to stumble upon much of anything to do with the topic of addiction. Like many, somehow I have got it in my head that addiction is a modern phenomena. Movies, television and the increased sensationalization of epidemics – such as we are seeing with the current devastation

A Few Quick-ish Thoughts on Sexual Sin*

Hey, my friend, it seems as though you and I have been “running around and around the banana tree” on this particular issue to not much avail, typically generating more heat than light, so I thought it might be good – more for me, perhaps, than you – to put a few thoughts down in

Had Sex And Forgot About Jesus

A friend of yours, who by all accounts is a Christian, begins to have serious doubts about the faith and drifts away from church and his small group. How should you react? When you get lunch to ask him what’s going on he says that he’s not sure whether Christianity is really true. Is the Bible reliable? Are we sure that Jesus is the only way to God? How do we even know there is a God?

I think that our initial reaction is to try to answer our friend’s intellectual questions by offering intellectual answers. And if we don’t feel equipped to do so maybe we tell him to read a book on the subject. But is that the right response? Are his questions truly intellectual? Maybe. Perhaps he has encountered the “new” atheists or another group that is attacking the validity of Christianity and what he needs is some good answers from Christians who have thought deeply about these issues. But maybe not. Maybe he just had sex and that’s led to the questions and the doubts.

Rigorous Honesty Meets ‘Do I look fat in this dress?’

Shortly before Valentine’s Day, I was both highly amused and somewhat dismayed by an opinion piece written by UMKC philosophy/business ethics professor Clancy Martin. Suffice to say that Dr. Martin and I have very different opinions about the nature of love and the value of truth, but I think what bothered me most is that his

Getting Ready for Sunday Nov. 16th at The Crossing


Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Dave Cover this week continues our series in 1 Corinthians with a sermon entitled, “Owner’s Manual” from 1 Corinthians 6:12–20. The Scripture reads,