The experience of foreskin restoration: A case study

Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Throughout the course of my studies I kept running into the debate over male circumcision. This is mostly a polarized discussion, with both sides either attacking or defending the practice. I have little interest to engage in conversations at this level. However, my curiosity was piqued when I discovered that some men decided to take matters into […]

Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good?

From Amazon: Discover the power of guilt-free pleasure. Pleasure is a good thing. It’s a powerful force that feeds your relationships, helps protect your spiritual integrity, and brings delight to our heavenly Father. Pleasure isn’t something Christians should fear, shun, or disparage; it’s something we should learn to cultivate in our lives. Acclaimed spiritual growth author Gary Thomas will guide you into this way of life, which is foundational to a healthy relationship with God, with your loved ones, and with the world. He’ll show you that, for the redeemed, pleasure can be a powerful and holy force for good, leading to increased worship, spiritual strength, and renewed relationships. In this invigorating and liberating book, Gary Thomas will energize, inspire, equip, and challenge you to experience life as God meant it to be: overflowing with pleasure.

Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure

From Amazon: In Intimate Kisses, Maltz follows on the success of Passionate Hearts with a new anthology of poetry that continues her celebration of healthy sexuality and, in the process, turns up the heat.

Intimate Kisses revels in what may be life’s greatest mystery, through some of richest, most celebrated poetry ever written. Included in this anthology are 121 poems by such poets as Marge Piercy, Emily Dickenson, Jelaluddin Rumi, Nikki Giovanni, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Octavio Paz, Molly Peacock, Dorianne Laux, Jane Hirshfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Galway Kinnell, and W.S. Merwin, as well as dozens of lesser-known and unpublished poets.

Intended for Pleasure: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage (2010)

From Amazon: A classic for thirty years, Intended for Pleasure is an easy-to-read reference book that combines biblical teaching on love and marriage with the latest medical information on sex and sexuality. This popular resource gently encourages married couples to make their sexual relationship the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. This is a complete sex manual, with basic facts, illustrations, and frank discussion of all facets of human sexuality. A perfect gift for newlyweds and a source book for pastors and marriage counselors, this book has helped more than a million people understand and enjoy the gift God intended for pleasure.

Embracing Our Eroticism

It seems coffee serves a functional purpose for many, as they habitually gulp it down to get their daily fix of caffeine. However, for me, I believe drinking coffee should be an experience. I love to relish in the aroma, the anticipation, and the savor of each sip. And this is even better when shared […]

The Spice of Life

As I was buying a bag of apples the other day, I was struck at how many varieties there are. There were Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Fuji, McIntosh and (my favorite) Gala, just to name a few. According to Wikipedia, over 7,500 varieties of apples are known. Apparently, it is not […]

Questioning Masturbation

Much debate has surrounded the topic of masturbation in Christian circles. Often the debate asks Is masturbation wrong? and much energy is spent trying prove whether it should be on the approved or not approved list. I’m realizing that a better question to ask regarding masturbation is that of Love. Debates about its sinfulness seems to bring […]

The issue isn’t whether you like to masturbate or not. How and why you maturate (or don’t) always reflects your relationship with yourself . . . we’re discussing masturbation here as a part of optimizing thoughts and feelings because I want you to see masturbation as a tool. Masturbation is a lot more than a tension release. Masturbation is your relationship with yourself in action . . . touching yourself in caring ways is a powerful self-confrontation.

-David Schnarch

What Does Masturbation Mean to You?

For some masturbation is a means of escape, a way to numb the ache of their longings. Others come to believe the physical release is all they desire and are left frustrated when their core desires are left undiminished; they place an expectation on masturbation that it alone is powerless to provide. A few are […]