IR: Masturbation, shame, & Christian sexual ethics

My purpose with almost everything I write here is to communicate two things: 1) you are not alone and shame is not from Jesus, and 2) it is possible to develop an authentic theology of the body and live as an embodied sexual being and experience both healthy boundaries and real grace. These two things … Continue reading IR: Masturbation, shame, & Christian sexual ethics

Place and food

"Like industrial sex, industrial eating has become a degraded, poor, and paltry thing. Our kitchens and other eating places more and more resemble filling stations, as our homes more and more resemble motels." - Wendell Berry, "The Pleasures of Eating" One afternoon during college,  a professor was lecturing on the idea that college is a … Continue reading Place and food

Communion and Eating

Previous posts in this series: Loving Your Food, Eating in Community, and Jesus Ate. For the benefit of my readers: I write this for Christians, with the understanding that communion is a sacrament and an essential, regular part of a healthy practice of faith and a healthy church. For my own part, I am of the … Continue reading Communion and Eating

Eating in Community

I'm starting off with the big picture here, so bear with me! As a culture, we like to forget our dependencies, yet we still observe small reverences to the sacred act of eating food with another person: a first date usually means dinner, death or a birth signals the community to bring meals to the … Continue reading Eating in Community

Loving your food

I love to eat what I eat. My pleasure at the stove and table are sincere and coherent. - "Learning How to Eat Like Julia Child" by Tamar Adler, New Yorker Julia Child's 100th birthday was yesterday, and this essay on learning to eat and love food is good.  I think about this a lot--what food means to … Continue reading Loving your food