Archive for January 29th, 2008

I’ve made some modifications to the way comments are processed.  There have been a number of threads, weeks (and sometimes months) old onto which we get random (sometimes bizarre) comments, which don’t always get caught and responded to.  As such, I have started a script that will close comments automatically on posts older than 10 days (which seems reasonable, as I look at comment traffic.

If there are discussions carrying on (in a constructive manner) on a 10-day-old thread, we can exclude it from this closure list for a time, until activity has died down.  Our submissions page, as well, will always be open.

On one related note – if a comment thread devolves into a circular flame war on the road to nowhere (as happened on one thread yesterday), I may close down comments on the thread, as well, in hope that cooler heads will prevail.

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…Mark Driscoll had an excellent sermon on the subject of Birth Control a couple weeks back that I think is worth a listen.  He’s currently in a series that is answering questions submitted to Mars Hill (Seattle), voted on, and ranked in the top 9.  While I don’t agree with Driscoll on some stances thus far in the series, I think he nailed this one.

icon for podpress  Birth Control and Christians: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download
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There was a small post on CRN about a Lifeway study on sex.  Here is the first half of the entry

Lifeway helps us all again with a truly “relevant” study.  Does anyone in America really think that we are suffering from a lack of information about sex?

While I don’t think the church needs to play sex therapist, it takes a very naive man to assume that the Christian world is completely educated about sexuality.  I grew up in a very traditional church setting.  Almost all of my peers had a child out of wedlock or are currently sexually active.  To pretend we don’t have a problem on our hand would be a travesty.  Here are two stats that might make us RETHINK how we talk about sex in the church.

  • The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world. Teen pregnancy costs the United States at least $9 billion annually.
  • Thirty-one percent of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 — about 750,000 a year. Eight in ten of these pregnancies are unintended and 81 percent are to unmarried teens.

The 1950 sex-ed film reels are not going to cut it anymore.  So the church can A. address the issues, or B. continue to ignore it while the all out young people continue looking for love in all the wrong places.

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