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VIDEO Decision-making about Nonmarital Sex

For centuries now the church has  been very good at making people feel guilty about having premarital sex, (97% of us do, by the way.) And don't even think about having a discussion of open relationships in most churches. But if marriage is not on the table then what would be the basis for deciding when we are ready and then how do we make those choices so they are both moral and consistent with our faith? This is the subject of this short video clip on YouTube....

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VIDEO Sexual Diversity: No apologies, No Repentance

We've all heard the old and very tiresome diatribes about homosexuals so how about some good news for a change? Rev Bev address the topic of diversity in a fresh and new way via orchids and nude beaches!



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VIDEO Launch: "Grandma Rev Bev Talks Positive Sex!" Now on YouTube

If you are going to get old, you might as well use it to your advantage. And who can argue with a grandma, especially when she is a pastor and is talking about S+X!! (And saying that "Sex is Good!") The first video in a series  is now live on YouTube. Check it out and let me know what you think about it and make a comment!  Since there are more to come become a subscriber.




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Fifty Shades of Fanciful Misinformation on Sex

Everybody is reading about it and most folks are loving the idea of breaking  taboos about sexuality. However. in case you missed it, here is my review of the book Fifty Shades of Grey.

I found this book to be misleading and, in a sexually ignorant culture, this is a problem. For example, it is an incredible fantasy to assume that a sexually inexperienced virgin is going to have mind-blowing orgasms from penile penetration from the get-go. Most women have orgasms via oral sex but the...

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More So-called “Hot Sex” for the Chosen: Ho-Hum

The Christian fundamentalists have discovered sex and are proclaiming it’s good, well, at least for married heterosexuals. There are a couple of best selling books on the topic, cutesy sound-bites, and, oh yes, the 24 hour publicity stunt of hauling a bed onto a church’s roof top and inviting the media to focus cameras on the ever-so-photogenic minister and his wife in the bed…who, curiously, are not attired in bedclothes and hasten to reassure there will be no hanky panky! (Rather defeats the...

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At the Risk of Being Called a Heretic ...

Not everybody, and certainly not all Christians, suspend their belief in science to embrace as fact the variety of miracles that are included in the Bible, the resurrection being one of them. However, as Christians we do have to grapple theologically with them. Here are my thoughts on Easter in the form of a question:Which is Easier?

Is it easier to say to “Be healed” or to say “Your sins are forgiven”?

            he asked the skeptics...

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Hiding out and Having Fun!

I am currently in Cambridge MA at the Episcopal Divinity School as one of their two Proctor Scholars this semester. And, while for many people reading and writing might not sound like a lot of fun, it is a wonderful experience for me and an honor to be chosen. This is affording me the time and place to think theologically about how to best present my own sexual/spiritual stories to a wider audience. I hope to have a significant amount of writing done by early summer even as I am reading and...

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AIDS Crisis: Finding God

On the occasion of commemorating World AIDS day I am remembering coming to Philadelphia in 1989 and walking through the AIDS quilt for the first time. It was at the Armory on Drexels’ campus that the AIDS crisis hit me personally. While the whole experience was powerful it was seeing the little girl dresses and little boy play clothes sown into the fabric by grieving relatives that made me grab the box of tissues sensitively handed to me by volunteer staffers. I was a mother of a girl and a...

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Clergy Addicted to Porn: Gasp!

So here is my question: Is it possible to get psychologically "addicted" to something if it is not wrong or sinful or shameful and if it is not connected to guilt in your mind? The Huffington Post says the rate of porn addiction among clergy is the same as that of the general populace. Surprise, Surprise! Yes, pastors are people just like the rest of you. But what I want to tease out is which pastors are the ones who are compulsively looking at porn? That is the more interesting...

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Willful Ignorance: Sandusky, Paterno, Cain and Abu Ghraib

At first my mind could not possibly get around the idea that a thousand college students would rally on behalf of popular coach Joe Paterno, who knew about the sexual abuses perpetrated by one of his staff, Jerry Sandusky. I tried to excuse those 18 and 19 year olds who have never known or experienced sexual harassment or abuse. But this illegal and immoral activity was not a single incident. At least eight children and young adults over a ten year period were involved, including a 10 year old...

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