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Note: This article is part of a series on terminology related to homosexuality. "Sex reassignment" refers to a surgery (or series of surgeries) to alter a person’s visible sex characteristics to conform to his or her gender identity. More colloquially, it is also called a “sex change.” The newer...
"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it." – Proverbs 22:3 Our children are some of the first to grow up in what is indisputably a post-Christian American society. Their peers are overwhelmingly likely to indulge sexual immorality, and unlikely to succeed...
Note: This article is part of a series on terminology related to homosexuality. This term is used to describe people whose biology and gender identity match, according to ordinary social expectations. Biological males who present as men are “cisgender,” as are biological females who present as...
Note: This article is part of a series on terminology related to homosexuality. “Sexual orientation” refers to an allegedly innate, unchangeable trait that makes it natural and normal for someone to engage in certain sexual practices. The term is used as both an explanation and a defense of...
Note: This article is part of a series on terminology related to homosexuality. “Heterosexuality” and “homosexuality” are familiar terms, with apparently simple meanings. However, they often carry unbiblical implications, so Christians should avoid using these terms, or at least use them carefully...
Note: This article is part of a series on terminology related to homosexuality. The word “gay” can refer to: A pattern of male sexual attraction for other men. An identity rooted in such a pattern of attraction. More broadly, a variety of identities and practices that depart from the norm of male-...
Debates are rarely won on the battlefield of terminology, but they are frequently lost there. This is certainly the case in today’s debates over sexuality. Virtually all of the key terms are so freighted with ideological ordnance that entire regiments of exegetical and philosophical argument can be...
Preston Sprinkle, Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. 160 pp, paperback, $16.99 We have been waiting for a book to help Christian teens navigate questions about sex and gender. This book seems to fit the bill: it is attractive, well-...
On August 19, 2020, Netflix released the film Cuties , billing it as a coming-of-age story that deals with the pressing cultural issue of how social media affects young girls. The director, Maïmouna Doucouré, says that the film comes with “an activist message: we must all together figure out what...
In case you've not already noticed the massive problem of internet pornography, consider one small statistic: In 2019, the internet’s largest porn site (Pornhub) received 42 billion visits. That’s billion with a “b,” and all the trends suggest that this number will only grow. This overwhelming...
You are on your way home from church one Sunday after witnessing a baptism. It is always a joy to witness a baptism, and you take the opportunity to express this to your family: “I love being present for a baptism, don’t you?” Besides a general agreement, your comment raises a number of questions...