Posts tagged sin
Masculinity and the Role of Sin: John Piper

Sin, for much of the purity movement and evangelical conservativism, becomes a “get out of jail free” card in discussions of gender and equality. Continued examples of male power out of control, of the mandate for masculinity going awry in the form of spiritual and emotional abuse, and the allegations of various sexual misdeeds throughout churches across America – all these are the result, in Piper’s eyes, of sin in the world. We are somehow called to this perfect vision of gender but are unable to perform it correctly because sin.

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Unlearning Purity Culture: Intentionality

The purity movement has had the problematic effect of removing intentionality from the sexual equation, particularly for single people. It has long been a source of deep shame for many, and shame is an ingrained response that is hard to move past. But being intentional, being safe, is far better emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Be intentional. Take those steps. And be free.

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What I Mean When I Say I Have a Panic Disorder

I remember the first time I had a panic attack; though, of course, I had no idea what was happening. I was a freshman in high school and I was in the middle of a quiz in math. Out of nowhere, a thought sprang into my mind: “How embarrassing would it be if you threw up right now?” And I couldn’t let it go. Suddenly it was the only thing I could think about – and terrifyingly, I started to feel some nausea creep into my stomach. Was I getting sick? I had no idea, but now I knew only one thing: I had to get out of there. I had to get away from the ticking clock and the silence interrupted only by the scratch of my classmate’s pencil. I couldn’t graph equations; I could barely see the paper.

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