Sexuality and Holy Longing: Embracing Intimacy in a Broken World

Lisa Graham McMinn explores hot-button topics like abortion, homosexuality, masturbation, pornography and other sexual issues in her book. Her premise is that all sexuality is a function of our drive toward intimacy with God and with others. As sin has damaged the rest of the world, so has it damaged sexuality.

Do-gooder dilemma

During the 1890s, almost 200,000 Armenians were murdered on the orders of the sultan of Anatolia, in what is now Turkey. It was the first modern manifestation of a phenomenon that has become all too familiar.

Reading the Bible in the Strange World of Medicine

For more than two decades Alan Verhey has been helping the Christian community understand the interconnections between our commitments to scripture and to the moral life. His work is especially insightful when he focuses on how our reading of the Bible can inform and guide our interaction with modern medicine.

Nazi Christians

Most of the Nazi leaders considered themselves not merely Christians but instruments of God’s will, proclaims Richard Steigmann-Gall, a young Canadian historian. Many people think that if the Nazis had any religion it was derived from Wagner’s operas and Teutonic mythology.

The rite stuff

A recent Sunday worship service moved me to tears. Despite being an analytical sociologist committed to rational descriptions of human behavior, my eyes welled up. Our pastor invited parishioners desiring to be healed to come forward and be anointed with three drops of oil on the forehead.