Anyone who’s ever taken the step of admitting they’re an addict knows what it’s like to have this nagging feeling that true freedom isn’t attainable. But if you’re open, you’ll find that there are people out there screaming from the mountaintops that they have found freedom. Sure, there are those who claim freedom, though they… Read more »
About six months ago, I was hanging out with a couple that I happen to really like a lot. As we were talking about different ways to protect a marital union, the conversation turned to wardrobe. They were sitting on the couch across from me, and the wife had on some super-short shorts. Think Jessica… Read more »
News broke earlier this week about the hacking of “adultery” website Ashley Madison, where some “heroic” hackers obtained the personal information of presumably everyone who has an account on the site. Or who had an account. Because while the site’s sleaziness extends to being a hub for people who want to “discreetly” cheat on their… Read more »
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If you want to get me on a soapbox, get me to talking about how poorly the Church overall has taught the purpose and beauty of sex. I believe I’ve shared before that I once said to a wife (who happens to be divorced now, by the way) as she was going on and on… Read more »
The funniest movie moment I’ve seen this summer comes at the very end of Inside Out, as the main preteen girl character talks to a preteen boy at a hockey rink. We’ve been seeing inside her head the whole movie, but instantly the camera zooms out of her brain and into his…. where his mental… Read more »
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The issue of pornography has been on my heart for many years; it’s an epidemic. Now, if I talk to a young man about his life, I am not surprised to hear that he struggles with porn. That’s why I wrote my song “All My Love,” about the allure of porn, but also about it’s… Read more »
Three summers ago, a low-budget movie, overseen by an Oscar-winning director known for being “artsy” and nontraditional in his approach, and featuring unproven star-on-the-rise Channing Tatum and then-punchline Matthew McConaughey, debuted to surprising success. A nominal rags-to-riches story that explored the “seedy” side of the world of male stripping (based in part on Tatum’s own… Read more »
Admitting you have an addiction can be a terrifying thing to face. We tell everyone that has an addiction that the first thing that needs to happen is to realize you have a problem. This is easier said than done. We tend not to want to admit we’re weak or in need of help. We… Read more »
One thing that we truly believe here at XXXchurch is that if you want to go far in life you need others. You need something we call accountability. Accountability is a major key to success. (Tweet This!) I believe that 100%! But what is it? And more importantly, what is an accountability partner and how… Read more »
It is Gloria Steinem who once said “Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.” I couldn’t help but to think about that as I read a story about a 13-year-old boy who raped his eight-year-old sister. Not because he was angry. Or malicious…. Read more »