Category Archives: Sexuality

The Bible and Male Homosexuality: It’s Not What You Think

My latest As It Is Written column is out titled, Male-Male Homosexuality. It may surprise you, but the interpretation and translation described and discussed in the column is not a surprise to biblical scholars both secular and religious. Give it … Continue reading

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Is Male-Male Homosexuality Forbidden?

I’m in the process of moving a number posts and articles that appeared in a previous (local-hosted) version of this website. This paper (see link below) was written when I served on our synod’s committee studying the issue of gay … Continue reading

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What the Bible Really Says: The Song of Songs

The intent of the author of the poem,┬áThe Song of Songs was not to express an allegorical representation of┬áthe mutual love between God and Israel. As a matter of history, it is much more likely that the idea that this … Continue reading

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Is Lust a Sin?

The story of David and Bathsheba is one of the most enduring and insightful stories of the Bible. Perhaps one of the reasons is its moral complexity — a complexity unappreciated in part because most of us misunderstand what the … Continue reading

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