For discussion

October 26, 2011 | Feature | Number 21

1. Keith Graber Miller says that until recently the Christian church has been negative towards sexuality and reluctant to talk about it. Is this true of your experience? What are the consequences of not talking openly about sexuality? Do the people in your church still find it difficult to talk openly about sexuality?

2. Do you agree with Miller that infidelity, too-early sexual engagement, promiscuity, sexual objectification, sexual exploitation and sexual violence are more of a threat to our churches than same-sex sexuality? What makes these things so harmful? What has changed in our society that makes them more pervasive?

3. Willard Krabill says that true intimacy is about being loved, understood, accepted and cared about. How are these deep desires related to our sexuality? How much is promiscuity connected to the search for love?

4. How can we work at encouraging healthy sexuality in our congregations? What do we need to teach our children? How can we speak out against a “hooking-up” culture? What would a faithful, redemptive sexual counterculture look like?

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