Amy DeRogatis“Evangelicals can’t stop talking about sex”


A Feature Review of

Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism.
Amy DeRogatis

Hardback: Oxford University Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Emily McGowin


Amy DeRogatis is Associate Professor of Religion and American Culture at Michigan State University. Her first book, Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2003), was a decidedly academic volume. But, in the Preface to Saving Sex, she states her desire for this publication to appeal to a broader audience, including academics, students, and the general public. To that end, DeRogatis is helped by her chosen subject matter. “[E]vangelicals can’t stop talking about sex,” she says, and it seems the American public can’t stop reading (and reviling) what they have to say. But, even with this inherent advantage, DeRogatis’ volume recommends itself with a combination of careful research and a cohesive, easy to follow presentation.

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Tim OttoThat We Might Be One

A Review of

Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships
Tim Otto

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014
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Review by C. Christopher Smith

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Questions about sexuality and marriage are, without a doubt, the most divisive issues facing churches in the early years of the twenty-first century. Some denominations have already split in disagreement over them; others teeter on the brink of splitting, with little hope of resolution in sight. Given this polarized atmosphere, what would it look like for churches of diverse perspectives to prefer our unity in Christ to our stances on sexuality? Is there a third way that does more than steer a middle road, tiptoeing around the deeply held convictions of both traditionalist and affirming Christians? Is there a conversational way forward that is guided by love and respect for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ and that seeks to listen and appreciate rather than to anger and condemn? These questions lie at the heart of Tim Otto’s helpful new book, Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships. As a gay but celibate pastor for whom these questions have been deeply personal, Otto is well-suited as a guide for this sort of exploration.

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Tomorrow, January 31, marks the centennial of the birth of Thomas Merton!

If you are not familiar with Merton, the monk, poet and social activist, I highly recommend starting with his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

In honor of the occasion,
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Here are some of our favorite posts about Merton that have run on our site over recent years:

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Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held EvansVideo of a recent talk in which Rachel Held Evans overviews her new book:


Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
Rachel Held Evans

Paperback: Thomas Nelson, April 2015.
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Keep the Church Weird:

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Robert Frost

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Robert Frost’s death in 1963.

In remembrance of Robert Frost, we offer five lesser known poems of his that we love…

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Robert Frost


When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.


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Lent is almost upon us again …

(Ash Wednesday is Feb 18…)

I’ve been asked a few times recently to recommend some books on Lenten themes that churches might read and discuss this year during Lent. And since, I think reading and discussing books together is an important practice for the health and well-being of churches, here are 10 new-ish books that would be appropriate for reading and discussion during Lent.  I offer each one with a brief explanation of why I have included it.

NOTE: I’m not recommending that any church or individual should read ALL of these books during Lent, but wanted to offer a range of options so that churches might have some flexibility in picking a book to read and discuss during Lent.

Lent 2015

Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent

By Rowan Williams

I’ll start with the only traditional collection of Lenten reflections on this list.  Normally, I’m not a big fan of this sort of devotional-type books, but Rowan Williams is always thoughtful (and sometimes provocative), and this book’s focus on Mark’s Gospel challenges us to stay focused on Jesus, which is an important reminder in our age of ideology.

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[ This list as a 1-Page Printable PDF ]

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Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
- Thomas Aquinas
Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
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The Wake Up Call
Poem of the Day:
William Butler Yeats,
who died on this date, 1939
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The Wake Up Call – January 28, 2015

In Honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday today…
Part of what made his Alice books extraordinary were the illustrations by John Tenniel.

Here are 10 of our favorite illustrations…

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(Unfortunately, these editions are sans illustrations)


Frontispiece to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith

By Ken Wytsma

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