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If Men Give Love to Get Sex

This article appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Mutuality. If you like what you read, consider subscribing or purchasing a CBE membership. Micah J. Murray writes about church and culture at Redemption Pictures, A Deeper Story, and the Huffington Post. Follow him on Twitter @micahjmurray. I’ve always wanted to get it right the first time. I don’t like […]

Reframing Biblical Masculinity

This article is the editorial from the Spring 2014 issue of Mutuality. If you like what you read, consider subscribing or purchasing a CBE membership. Tim Krueger is the editor of Mutuality. You can find him on Twitter @kruegertw. Several months ago, my wife and I attended an event where a panel of experts spoke […]

The Unconventional Heroine

Couched between the Jacob and Joseph narratives the story of Judah and Tamar, found in Genesis 38, is presented amidst the sordid fray of poor and destructive decision making where an unexpected heroine here arises. Somehow she manages to persevere against great odds in spite of the abusive masculine roles employed against her. Tamar is purchased […]

Subverting Injustice

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Dozens of cities battle prostitution through a program called “john school,” a program designed to educate first-time “johns,” or male solicitors of prostitutes, about the negative consequences of prostitution. This includes learning about sex workers themselves. In 2009, CNN reported on a Nashville man who found himself in tears after hearing the story of a […]

Flirting with misunderstanding

“There’s a video I want you to see,” my roommate Kate told me earlier this week. “I think it might be really bad.” Of course that piqued my interest. “Bad” You Tube videos come in many different flavors: Would this video be poor quality, offensive, or just plain bizarre? With wide eyes and low expectations, […]

We Are More Than Just a Body, But…

The body is what is seen by sighted people, and maybe here lies a clue! Sight-impaired people have a distinct advantage in that they are not affected by what people look like, and even the expression on a face is lost to the blind person. I know that when I was marking correspondence lessons for […]

‘Girls: Dress Responsibly’ or ‘Boys: Be Responsible?’

I came across a young woman’s blog the other day who wrote about how much she appreciated and was impressed by the guys in her group asking that all the girls be careful about the way they dressed so that they wouldn’t cause the brothers to ‘stumble.’ And with great endorsement, she exhorted, ‘To all […]

Female Traffic Lights

My husband recently sent me a link to an news blurb about new traffic signal laws which were passed last year in Spain. In an effort to do away with sexism, the Spanish town council of Madrid decreed that half of all road signs and traffic signals should alternate between male and female walking figures. […]

Is a Woman’s Value Based On the Shape of Her Body?

Is a woman’s value based on the shape of her body? How many of us were influenced through our culture to believe that the most important thing about being a woman was her visual appeal to men? In my case, my family was very good in the way it valued women. My father didn’t look […]

London Police Seek Justice for Female Genital Mutilation Cases

Hurrah to London’s Metropolitan Police for upping their aggressive strategy to end female genital mutilation in the UK. The Guardian has the full story here on the new cash reward being offered – just before the summer holiday season when many girls are taken out of the country for the ‘ceremony,’ illegal in Britain – […]

The Subjection of Islamic Women

I would like to point out an article in The Weekly Standard by Christina Hoff Sommers, in the May 21, 2007 issue, called “The Subjection of Islamic Women and the Fecklessness of American Feminism.” The first paragraph reads as follows: “The subjection of women in Muslim societies–especially in Arab nations and in Iran–is today very […]

Misguided Church Program Lets Down Men and Women

On Sunday I visited a large church in the Birmingham, Alabama area. They have a lot of great Bible studies, fellowship groups, outreach opportunities, and other programs that make for a thriving congregation of Christians. But I was started by an announcement about their “Passion and Purity” program, in which the men of the church […]

The Image of God and Sexuality

There is a very disturbing thing going on to encourage abstinence among Christian teenagers and children. It started with Purity Balls’ “a memorable ceremony for daughters to pledge commitments to purity and their fathers to pledge commitments to protect their girls.” I could not find the pledge the daughters make on their website, but here […]