Red Sex, Blue Sex

From The New Yorker,

Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.

Do you think that’s true? What do you think this says about America’s values?

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Christian Carnival CCXXVIII

This week, Chasing the Wind is honored to host the 228th edition of the Christian Carnival, a collection of this week’s best Christian blogging. This week is Father’s Day – so let us remember this week that it is our Father in heaven that gives us Life in Him!

Would you like to participate in a future edition of the Christian Carnival, either as a host or as a writer? Jeremy has provided up to date instructions on how to do that at his website, Parableman.

First on our list is a promotion for a new Christian social network called His-Friends:

Christopher Johnson presents Smart Personal Finances » Blog Archive » His-Friends posted at Smart Personal Finances. I need your help to build a Christian community where everyone can come to make friends, keep in contact with friends and family, and give and receive support and encouragement.

What does the bible say about money? Quite a bit, actually:

FMF presents The Responsibility of Wealth posted at Free Money Finance. With wealth comes responsibility.

The bible also has quite a bit on the subject, of sex, too:

Cheapham presents Paul and Sex(uality) “According to Nature” posted at Theology for the Masses. The post deals with Roman sexuality and Paul in Romans 1. However, there is some good discussion brewing the comments on how to do biblical scholarship.

At the same website, a different author offers a prayer for the community:

JR Madill presents A Prayer I Prayed posted at Theology for the Masses. JR was asked to pray a prayer for “the least of these” Parkade Baptist Church “Battle for America” Concert of Prayer Monday night, June 2nd.

Diane looks at some positive benefits of legalism:

Diane R presents The Old Time Religion (Legalism)…Maybe Not So Bad After All? posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet. Maybe the old time fundamentalist legalists weren’t that stupid after all.

John asks what it’s like to be accepted by God:

This week at Light Along the Journey John looks at the great truth that Christians are Accepted by God.

Does observing the liturgical calendary help or hinder the Christian Church?

Mark Olson presents Toward or Away From The Secular posted at Pseudo-Polymath. Liturgical calendar, Nativity, Epiphany, Lent, Easter/Pascha, Pentecost, and so on. Many Protestant churches have abandoned the liturgical calendar. Why? In asking, I present argument why not.

A thoughtful post on the theology of St. Luke is here; I look forward to the next installment:

Richard H. Anderson presents Reading Conzelmann Again for the 1st Time posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

What is the bright side of the high price of oil? Find out here:

Thom presents High Priced Oil, a Struggling Economy, and Spirituality Part 1 posted at Everyday Liturgy. Thom begins a discussion on the spiritual consequences of living in the present economy.

Where is God when you need Him most? God is here:

Wickle presents God Is Here posted at A True Believer’s Weblog. After a terrible week, Wickle and his family were reminded that “God is Here,” and he shares some of that in his post.

God is our Father, not just on Father’s Day, but everyday. Why not our Mother?

Jeremy Pierce presents John Oswalt on God and Motherhood posted at Parableman. John Oswalt gives an interesting explanation of why the Bible calls God a Father and not a Mother.

And finally, broaching the subject of Christian erotica. Can erotica and/or porn also be Christian?

In P$rn vs. Er*tica posted at The View From Her. Discussing a disturbing trend in writing “evangelical er*tica”.

Christian Carnival 208

Welcome to the 208th edition of the Christian Carnival, a weekly amalgomation of this week’s best Christian writing. Chasing the Wind is humbled to host such a fine collection of postings this week; I suggest picking a few titles below and clicking them; you won’t find a finer collection of Christian thoughts anywhere on the web.

Steven Krager presents What Kanye teaches us about culture and values posted at faithdoubt, saying, “Can Kanye West teach us about culture and values?”

FMF presents Why I Post on The Bible and Money posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Details why a money blog posts on the Bible.”

Rodney Olsen presents Sy Rogers talks sexuality and the church posted at The Journey – Life : Faith : Family.

Renae presents Strength in Weakness posted at Life Nurturing Education.

Tia presents Seeking Contentment in a Broken World: Exploring Traumatic Countertransference posted at On Journeying with Those in Exile, saying, “Dan asks some questions about what to do with the pain he feels for the Broken world and how it relates to imitatio Christi in having cruciform love.”

ChristianPF presents Financial lessons from Solomon posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “The Bible says that Solomon was the richest man who ever lived and also the wisest ever to live. I think that makes him qualified to give some financial advice.”

Nadege presents More shall be given posted at Clearly Envision.

Martin LaBar presents Where is God when things hurt us badly? pt. 4 posted at Sun and Shield, saying, “Why is there suffering in the world?”

William Meisheid presents Choices, Then and Now posted at Beyond The Rim, saying, “Some thoughts about choices and how they affect our spiritual maturity, both in earlier times and now.”

Leslie Carbone presents Dirty Tricks in the Land of Sacred Honor posted at Leslie Carbone.

Chris Brooks presents Experience vs Evidence posted at Homeward Bound, saying, “When should we share our personal experiences in evangelism or apologetics as opposed to offering evidence?”

Diane R. presents We Are Too!….So There! posted at Crossroads: Where Faith and Inquiry Meet, saying, “Many younger Christian leaders today are criticising the evangelical church for it’s recent history of neglecting the poor. But what do you think we’ve been doing for the past 100 years?”

Shaun Connell presents Cosmological Argument posted at Rational Christianity, saying, “Explains why the natural requires a supernatural first cause.”

Dana presents Do we need a parental rights amendment? posted at Principled Discovery.

Annette presents Jim’s Sunday Sermon posted at Fish and Cans, saying, “That little word reliance ….. what does it mean to you?”

Thom presents Elder not Old posted at Everyday Liturgy, saying, “Thom writes about the differences of being an elder and being old.”

JR Madill presents Dreaming of a Brave New World posted at Theology for the Masses.

Doug Forrester presents The trinity is a paradox posted at Bounded Irrationality, saying, “I found an illustrative medieval shield that helps to explain the trinity.”

Tom Gilson presents Where Relativism Leads: Focusing the Question posted at Thinking Christian, saying, “Moral relativism’s moral absurdities”

Jennifer in OR presents Disturbing images to stop the whining? posted at Diary of 1.

Richard H. Anderson presents Rewriting Balaam posted at dokeo kago grapho soi kratistos Theophilos.

Weekend Fisher presents The God Who Blesses posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.

Mark Olson presents Ecumenism, Creed, Conflict, and Dr King posted at Pseudo-Polymath, saying, “Small “c” catholic is a term we profess in the Creed, many of us every Sunday. What’s that have to do with Dr King’s message and ekklesia? Well, I think they are connected and offer a short essay on why.”

Jeremy Pierce presents Jesus’ Impeccability and Language Acquisition posted at Parableman, saying, “A reflection on how Jesus must have learned language and what it means for questions about whether Jesus made any mistakes.”

JR Madill presents Creating a Universe of Certainty, or, If You Remove Reason, You Remove Doubt (Part 2 of 2) posted at Theology for the Masses.

D.C. Cramer presents American Idolatry posted at Cramer Comments.