Spankings and Sexuality – The Damage Done

Trigger and adult audience warning: This article discusses corporal punishment, unwanted sexual thoughts and experiences, trauma, and self-harm. In my childhood years, my parents were firm believers in using a thick, heavy wooden paddle (or a series of strong hand smacks from Dad) to keep their children in line. I have forgiven my parents. They... Continue Reading →

Should Christians Date Non-Christians?

Is it okay for Christians to be romantically involved with those "outside the faith?" Frequently, Paul's words in his second letter to the Corinthians are quoted as a reason that Christians should not marry those outside the Christian faith: Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light... Continue Reading →

Albatross of Shame

Only in very recent years - even months - have I begun to recognize the degree to which organized religion still affects my ability to overcome chronic shame - even as I consider myself currently severed from organized religion. Growing up, I was surrounded by the spoken and unspoken messages of fundamentalist organized religion. Of... Continue Reading →

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