For the Kids – PSU Dance MaraTHON!

Thon 202Eleven years ago this weekend I danced in the Penn State dance marathon.  It is still one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life.  Penn State has been doing  THON for decades with the purpose of raising money to fight childhood cancer.  The fundraising each year culminates in the actual dance marathon when, for one entire weekend, forty-six hours (forty-eight when I did it), the dancers stay up – no sleeping and no sitting.

THON is the simply the best thing Penn State does.  You could argue it is the best thing any group of college students anywhere do since it is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.  To learn more about THON, check out this article: Penn State THON Ready to Go

I hope kids suffering with cancer are encouraged this weekend.

I hope lots of money is raised and progress towards a cure for cancer continues.

For the kids!

Make a donation to THON!

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Junia Tormenting Skippy

I think my daughter is crazy.  She is an eighteen-month-old ball of goofiness and fun.  A primary example of her craziness: the way she tries to play with our dog, Skippy.

We keep Skippy locked in his little area of the kitchen, which we call his den.  It is just safer and easier to keep Junia and him separate; he likes her, but why take chances?  But Junia adores Skippy and wants to play with him.  The best way to play with him when he is behind bars: throw anything and everything she can find over the gate so Skippy has plenty of toys, books, sippy-cups, fridge magnets, shoes, mail and more.

As Junia has gotten bigger, the things she is able to throw over to Skippy have also gotten bigger.  Case in point: she has a little toy stroller that she can push her dolls around in.  Today this stroller went up and over the gate.

Junia lifts the stroller over her head…

 

The stroller clears the gate!

 

Skippy wonders what he ought to do with a stroller.

Good work Junia.  Throwing all that over the gate has certainly earned you a nice afternoon nap.

And like an idiot, I’ll put away all the stuff you’ve thrown over the gate, everything will be in its proper place, knowing that later today its all going back over the gate.

We Are…More than Football

Today the NCAA delivered unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University’s football program.  I am sure most people already have an opinion on that and if you are interested you can find a myriad of articles on the sanctions.  My take has to do with the sanctions as they relate to the academic environment and the student activities at Penn State.

The implication in the sanctions is that Penn State University cares about football too much.  It almost seems like this is what Penn State is being punished for, since those who committed and covered up the crimes are either in jail or dead.  The one question that is not asked is that if all Penn State ever cared about was football, how come Penn State consistently has the highest graduation rates in the country for its football team?

Just this past year Penn State football was rated #1 in the Academic Bowl.  The article is from last December, so right after the scandal broke and before we had the information we have today, and one paragraph reads:

But the ironic news is that the team that topped the list is Penn State, whose football program, coached by the legendary Joe Paterno, was rocked by a sex-abuse scandal. According to the analysis, Penn State graduates 80% of its football players in six years or less and also shows no achievement gap between its black and white players, which NAF says is extremely rare for Division I football teams. (At LSU, by comparison, the team’s black players are 32% less likely to graduate than their white counterparts.) Winning the top honors in the academic bowl further proves the success of Paterno’s “grand experiment,” his idea that major-college athletes could contend for national championships while excelling in the classroom.

Clearly people in high levels at Penn State dropped the ball and made tremendous mistakes in judgment.  Yet they are all gone now.  Some of the sanctions are good, such as the fine that will put millions of dollars in a fund to help victims of abuse.  This is a good thing. The sanctions also include an “athletic integrity” monitor watching over the program.  Because having the top graduation rates is not good enough?

It almost seems like, with all those responsible in jail or dead, that Penn State is being punished for caring about football too much.  During the press conference, Mark Emmert, the head of the NCAA actually said, “If you find yourself in a place where the athletic culture is taking precedence over academic culture, then a variety of bad things can occur.”  If Penn State is guilty on this count, then based on being consistently among the top schools in graduation rates,  we might as well just not have college football altogether in this country.

Note too, Penn State can still have their games on television.  The NCAA is not going to stop profiting from TV money.  The NCAA cares about football enough to still make boatloads of profit.

The sanctions punish the wrong people was a statement I heard a lot today.  But usually the “wrong people” were current players and coaches who had nothing to do with the scandal (the NCAA always punishes the wrong people, look at the USC case, same thing).  When I think of the wrong people though, I think of people far beyond those in the football program.

I think of all the other sports whose budgets are paid for in large part by football revenue.  How will this affect hockey or swimming or lacrosse?  I also think of the students in Christian Student Fellowship.  We run a concession stand at every Penn State home game.  Over the course of the year, CSF makes about $5,000 which goes towards all sorts of ministry on campus.  Numerous other student groups also make a good chunk of money running concessions which they to use for their clubs’ purposes.  These sanctions may end up hurting campus ministries as well as other clubs on campus.

It makes me sad that so many children were hurt by a gruesome monster.

It also makes me sad that because of a few people, the university I know and love, for dozens of reasons other then football, has its reputation tarnished.

A friend of mine wrote the follow on Facebook but I could not find a reliable source for it.  But it does demonstrate that Penn State is much more than just a football school, so I post it without fact-checking every claim mostly because the list of notable alumni from Penn State is too long (more after the quote):

“Lately, I’ve seen many outraged users claiming that because of this scandal, they will boycott Penn State and anything associated with it. In light of this, I’ve compiled a handy list of things to steer clear of if you want to avoid any trace of Penn State:
-Don’t use Mac computers. The man who started the Macintosh project got his computer science degree at PSU.
-Don’t watch the Olympic Games if you hate Penn State – they have 16 athletes and coaches competing in London this year!
-Skip vaccinating against cervical cancer – the vaccine was developed with research by Penn State’s College of Medicine.
-No need to buy accurately-labeled foods because the legislation demanding safe, labeled foods was based on PSU’s research.
-If you have a heart attack, refuse a heart pump. It was invented at Penn State.
-Demand the removal of the world’s most accurate clock because Penn State physicists helped improve it. Sure the clock is integral to global communications, satellite navigation and surveying, and computerized financial transactions worldwide, but you hate Penn State, right?”

Here is a list of great alumni from Penn State.  On that list we see the first African-American in space Guion Bufod, the founder of Accuweather, lots of writers and screenwriters (for such movies as Casablanca, Anchorman and Die Hard), leaders of companies like Sheetz, Hershey Foods, Nike and many more…and the inventor of the Slinky.

Penn State always has been and always will be more than a football school.

For the Kids – Penn State Dance Marathon!

Abbey - our moraler - me

Ten years ago this weekend I danced in the Penn State dance marathon with Abbey (Sacrkrison) Caldwell.  THON is an event that Penn State students have been doing for decades to raise money to fight childhood cancer.  The fundraising each year culminates in the actual dance marathon when, for one entire weekend, forty-eight hours, the dancers stay up – no sleeping and no sitting.

THON is the best thing Penn State students do.  You could argue it is the best thing any group of college students anywhere do since it is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.  Ten years later, I am still proud to have been a part of it.  Especially this year, in light of the Sandusky case, THON can do a lot to repair Penn State’s image nationwide.

To learn more about THON, check out this article: THON is about more than the numbers.

THON is the kind of thing Christians on campus ought to be involved in.  I believe that Christians are called to do good in the world in the name of Jesus Christ.  THON, with the goal to find a cure for cancer, is a good thing.  Like any good thing, perhaps some do it for wrong motives.  I doubt many do it in the name of Jesus Christ.  This does not mean Christians should stop taking part.  If we stopped taking part in everything that some did with wrong motives, we would do nothing.

I hope kids suffering with cancer are encouraged this weekend.

I hope lots of money is raised and progress towards a cure for cancer continues.

I hope THON this weekend takes steps in repairing the image of Penn State.

I hope Christians continue to be involved in THON and anywhere else that good is done.

Hope is a good word.  

For the kids!

When The Temple Crashes Down

As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Gospel of Mark 13:1-2

I have always been proud to be a Penn Stater.  Returning to State College, PA is like returning home.  Along with many alumni I enjoy visiting old haunts and seeing the campus that played such a huge role in my life.  The Lion Shrine, The Corner Room, Old Main, The Creamery, Beaver Stadium – these are some of the temples of Penn State.

In the past few days, these temples have come crashing down.  Not literally of course, but symbolically.  A place many of us love has forever been tarnished.  The actions of a few have caused tremors that will not soon subside.  At the forefront of this has been legendary coach Joe Paterno.  An idol to many, his image has been damaged.  When Joe’s story is told, it will now end on a sour note.

Jesus of Nazareth lived among a people who had a long history and grand monuments.  The Temple in Jerusalem was at the center of their religious, ethnic and political life.  It was one of the signs that they, the Jews, were God’s chosen people, specially blessed.  In Jesus’ analysis, many of the Jews had taken this a few steps too far, focusing so much on the Temple and the outward appearance thatthey missed the true heart of God, things like justice, mercy and compassion.

Jesus warned the people that if they continued on their current path, the Temple would be destroyed.  If their national pride overwhelmed all else and they went to war with the powerful Roman Empire, the center of their world, the Temple, would become a ruin.  This would be God’s wrathful judgment on them for their idolatry, for putting their religious system, Temple and outward motions in the place of true worship of God.

The only way to survive the coming destruction was to follow Jesus.  It was the disciples of Jesus who were God’s true people.  After destruction came and the Temple was no more a remnant true to God would remain.  Even if the disciples were killed, as Jesus was, there was the hope of a new life through resurrection.  The community of Jesus’ followers would persevere.

We construct numerous temples, many idols,  in our own lives.  Over time we begin to find our identity in such things.  For many of us, a central part of our identity is “Penn State”.  There are other temples though.  We may find our identity in our nation or our political party.  Perhaps our identity is in the house we have or the car we drive.  Maybe it is in our job or our friendships.

What happens when those things are destroyed?  What happens when destruction comes and what you based your identity on is in ruins?

Some people reaffirm their support for the Temple.  We have seen this in the many students and alumni as they very vocally support Joe Paterno.  Other people distance themselves from the Temple, vowing to never go near the ruins again.  This is easy to find on new story message boards, with people declaring they will never donate, send their kids to, or set foot on Penn State again.

Personally, I am convicted.  I have often made Penn State an idol.  When a study came out ranking Penn State highly among all universities, I proudly trumpeted this among friends.  When good news came out of Penn State, such as the millions students raised each year to help kids with cancer, I bragged about how my alma mater is just better than yours.

My idol has been exposed.  My temple now lies in ruins.

It has driven me back to a simple fact: the only one who never disappoints is Jesus Christ.  If our identity is primarily in Jesus Christ rather than our own man-made temples and idols, we will persevere.

Honestly, as a Penn Stater it has been hard to see the eyes of the world turn towards us in judgment.  I am not saying this is not deserved, I am just saying it is not easy to take.  But it does lead me to the question: Are you ready for your Temple to come crashing down?

How will you persevere when you lose your job?

How will you persevere when the economy crashes again?

How will you persevere when  a person close to you betrays you?

How will you persevere when America, like every other nation that has come before, collapses?

How will you persevere when a person you admire is exposed?

If we can avoid the temptation to just see the Book of Revelation as a future timeline, we can find a challenging message.  In the sixth chapter there is a vision of destruction, when the whole world comes apart:

12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

Who can stand when the whole world as we know it falls apart?

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

Those who have their identity in Jesus Christ are able to stand.

I ask once again, are you ready for the temples, the idols, in your life to come crashing down?  On what strength will you be able to stand?  In who or what do you find your identity?

It reminds me of a book I have not read, but that has a great title: Jesus +Nothing = Everything.

The Penn State Scandal and The Injustice We All Ignore

By now the scandal at my alma mater, Penn State University, is well known by everyone in America who does not live under a rock.  It is a horrendous story of the worst kind of abuse, a man using his position and power to abuse children.  Like most others connected to PSU, I have never been less proud of my alma mater.  It is a dark time.  My prayers are for the victims of this crime.

A lot has been said about what various people knew and when they knew it.  Legendary coach Joe Paterno apparently fulfilled his legal duties in reporting whatever the witness (graduate assistant at the time, current assistant coach Mike McQueary) told him.  But the consensus at this point seems to be that those charged with crimes (Curley, Schulz) and those innocent of any crime (Paterno, McQueary) did not do enough with the information they had.  They should have done more.

Why didn’t McQueary, 28 years old at the time, step into the shower and stop the abuse?  He surely could have taken a fifty-something Sandusky, or at least done enough to help the kid get away.

Why didn’t Paterno follow up, at the very least ask why no police ever came and interviewed him?

They should have done more.

Last night I attended a meeting of FREE (Freedom and Restoration for Everyone Enslaved).  It is a local group whose purpose is to raise awareness of human trafficking in Berks county and the world and to motivate people to work to end human trafficking.  The speaker was Dr. Victor Joseph, reporting on his research on Indian women who had been rescued from prostitution, studying their “psychological and emotional stages in a post-brothel setting, and also…the impact of forgiveness and futuremindedness on their lives.”

Dr. Joseph talked about how many people in small Indian villages are in massive debt.  Men visit the village, tell families there are jobs for their young daughters as housekeepers in big, faraway cities.  These young daughters, as young as six or seven, are sold by their families to these men.  The daughters go willingly, thinking this job will provide money they can send back to help their families get out of debt.  The truth is, these men are recruiters for the sex industry and in a matter of days these young girls will be working on the street, forced into prostitution and being raped dozens of times a night.

Listening to Dr. Joseph speak I could not help but compare the situation to what is happening at Penn State.  In the last few years I have made an effort to educate myself about human trafficking.  I know a lot about the horrors in the world.  Do I do enough with what I know?

We are quick to question Penn State officials about what they did or did not do.  Rightly so.  But the uncomfortable truth is that what Mr. Sandusky did to those boys happens every single day to thousands of boys and girls around the world.

It does not just happen in other countries. Estimates are that 100,000 American children are forced into prostitution each year.  The average age of entry into prostitution is 13.  This means that a large majority of prostitutes who are over eighteen did not choose that lifestyle, instead they are victims of child rape.

(To learn more about human trafficking is quite easy online, there are many   organizations    working against it and articles often appear about it too.)

Pornography plays a huge role in this.  Women forced into prostitution have reported they have been filmed.  The pornography industry feeds the trafficking industry.  There are loads of horror stories about the pornography industry (go here).

What happened at Penn State is horrible and I pray for justice.  I hope the victims find restoration and the guilty are punished.  But as the questions swirl of whether those who knew did enough, I hope that those asking the questions look at their own lives.

We know women and children are forced into prostitution throughout the world and even in our own neighborhoods.  What are we doing to stop it?

We know pornography uses and abuses women, breaks up marriages, and destroys lives.  What are we doing to help those enslaved?

I could go on: we know millions in the world do not have access to clean water, we know tens of thousands suffer from AIDS and other diseases, we know that many starve to death daily while we live within a few miles of more food than they will ever see in a lifetime.

I know and I am guilty of not doing enough.

Now you know too.

The words of the prophet Isaiah (58:6-10)

 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

Tibetan Monks visit PSU Berks!

The last few days Penn State Berks has been host to the “Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition” by Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery.  I did not see a write up about it on the PSU Berks site, but you can check out the monks’ site here.  I heard a lot of students saying how amazing the sand painting was and when I finally got a chance to check it out I was not disappointed.  It was brilliant.

Yet one question comes to mind.  This is not a malicious or loaded question.  I am fully in favor of this exhibit and think it certainly benefits the campus life of students.  But I could not help but wonder whether such an exhibition by Christian monks would be so welcomed on campus?

The Tibetan monks are clearly religious.  As they did the sand painting, there was a picture of the Dalai Lama behind them in a prominent place, akin to a religious icon.  I make no claim to be an expert on Buddhism, but this was clearly a pro-religious group.  Would a group of Christian monks from Italy doing sculptures be as welcomed on campus?  What if while they sculpted, there was a picture of Jesus or a cross prominently in the background?

I hope this does not sound like I am playing the persecution card.  And I understand that our country has a history of ties to the Christian faith while eastern religions, like Buddhism, are foreign to us.  I mean, the obvious difference is that there are numerous Christian students on campus who hold Bible studies, pray and talk to their peers about Christian faith.  So I am not saying Christianity is underrepresented in any way.

I merely think it is interesting that this obviously religious exhibition was so welcomed on campus.  It surprised me.  Maybe I am probing too deeply, but I am not sure what to make of it.

Greatest Story Ever Told…on campus

Berks Idol is a yearly event on campus, sponsored by PSU Berks THON, that allows students to share their talents.  There were sixteen performances that included interpretive dance, a barbershop quartet, soloists, and more.   A group of CSF students performed a skit they called “The Greatest Story ever Told” which you can see here (or just Google “Lifehouse everything skit”).  They had spent months practicing and preparing.  During the performances before CSF went on, the crowd was fired up, often shouting encouragements to the people on stage.

Then CSF went on. The skit, which tells the story of Creation, Fall and Redemption, was met with silence. At the climax, when the Jesus character saves his creation by putting himself between her and their attack, the front of the crowd jumped up and everyone began cheering. It was the first standing ovation of the night.  One of the judges actually asked if any of the students were theater majors, she was so impressed!

At the end of the night the judges announced the winners and first place went to CSF! I know the students were not doing it to win a prize, I don’t think they even knew there was a prize till last week. They were doing it to honor their Savior and to tell the story to their peers. Yet it is an honor to be recognized in such a way (not to mention, the $100 gift card to Chilis!)

As I reflect on this skit and the crowd’s reaction it makes me realize that the Christian story truly is the greatest story ever told. I have no idea how many people in the crowd attend church, call themselves Christians, pray or anything like that. I am sure many of them have been part of churches growing up and rarely attend while at college. But the story is so compelling, so beautiful, that a group of secular college students can’t help but get up and cheer when the Creator saves his creation in an act of self-sacrifice.

The students are performing the skit again tomorrow for the Step Team/Dance Team show. Pray it again goes well. More than that, pray that the students in CSF get many opportunities to talk with people and that this skit would open doors to share the gospel.

There is always a bad egg

As a student at Penn State I always enjoyed reading the Daily Collegian.  I still enjoy reading it every now and again online.  During football season I read the football coverage each Monday.  Inevitably after a loss, people write in complaining about all the problems with the Penn State football program.

I have noticed another pattern.  Almost without fail after each home game, win or loss, there are two types of letters that show up.  The first goes something like this:

“I am an alumni who graduated in 1985.  This past weekend I brought my kids up to the game and I am appalled at how current students act!  We were riding the bus around town and heard a group of students swearing with no regard for my children.  The student section was not filled until halftime.  It is a disgrace.”

Sometimes these letters come from visiting fans who were harassed verbally, having their visit to State College ruined, and vowing never to come again.   Then there is another kind of letter:

“I am a resident of Michigan who traveled to PA this weekend to watch the game.  Other than the fact that my beloved Wolverines lost again, I had a wonderful time!  Everyone was so nice to me, welcoming me to State College.  People invited me to their tailgates; I lost count of how many free beers I got.”

It is intriguing how people could be at the same event and have such different experiences.  The obvious reason for this is that in a crowd of 110,000 people, not to mention the many students and visitors who do not go to the game but spend the whole day tailgating, there are going to be a few bad eggs.  Every single college town will have some idiots who drink too much, say stupid things, and maybe even throw some stuff.  Some people will witness this and make assumptions on the general decline in civility of college students nowadays.  But most people will have a nice time, experience the many decent, friendly students, and go home with good memories.

This reminds me of the church.  There are many negative stereotypes of Christians on college campuses.  And certainly some Christians live up to the labels “hypocrite”, “judgmental” and so on.  In the same way that the stereotype of drunk PSU students who act like idiots on football weekends has plenty of examples to reinforce it, so the negative stereotypes of Christians find reinforcement too.  Yet most Christians are not like this.  Most Christians on campus are hard workers, friendly, caring people who are trying to live and love like Jesus.

This is where I would usually write a “now here is how to fix it…”  Not today.  The more time I spend in campus ministry, the more I realize this is kind of how the church has always been and how it will always be.  Just as there will always be a few rowdies who will give a bad impression of Penn State to some people, there will always be people (and perhaps on our bad days, I am included in such people) who give a bad impression of Christians.  This is one of those things we simply cannot control.  What we can control is how each of us acts as individuals, and how we encourage the community around us to act.

Rather than worrying about things we cannot control, let’s focus on what we can.  If you’re at a football game you can’t control the guy acting like a drunken idiot 20 rows behind you.  But you can be friendly to visitors and fans of the other team.  Hopefully they will realize there are more friendly people like you in the crowd.  In the same way, you can’t control every Christian in the world, let alone your community or church (and even if you could, you probably shouldn’t!).  But you can influence the people around you for Christ.  Be a good egg.

On Campus at PSU Berks

 

On Monday I will be the guest on Get Some, a television show on campus (it is only shown on the campus television station so no, you cannot watch it).  Get Some is hosted by the campus nurse practitioner and discusses health issues with an emphasis on human sexuality.  The theme for the Monday show is sexuality and spirituality, two subjects every student is interested in!  Or perhaps simply, ask a pastor any questions about God and sex you ever had.

This is a tremendous opportunity to have a dialogue with a group of students who I normally would not get to interact with.  Plus, this is not a CSF event, it is a PSU Berks campus wide event.  Being the guest for such an event humbles me.  I am honored there is enough trust built between me and the campus community, remembering I have no official standing at PSU Berks, that I would be considered for this event.

I am nervous and excited.  This whole thing is made easier as I was given the questions submitted by students ahead of time.  I have spent the last few days thinking about how to answer and this will be the focus of my work today and Monday.  The questions are listed below.  How would you answer them before an audience of (mostly) secular college students?

  • How does religion affect the sex life of one individual?
  • Should people have sex before they are married?
  • Why is it so important for couples to wait until they’re married in order to have sex?
  • Why is no sex before marriage allowed?
  • Should people have sex before they are married?
  • What does no sex before marriage have to do with religion?
  • Why do religious people swear on abstinence?
  • Why do some religions take abstinence of sex so seriously?
  • What do people believe is the consequence of having pre-martial sex in religions that are against it
  • Is someone viewed as less religious if they have sex before marriage?
  • Does a person feel degraded if their religious morals says “no sex till marriage” but they had pre-marital?
  • Do you think it is sinful to have sexual relations before marriage even after you become a real religious person?
  • If a Christian had sex before marriage should he or she not be considered a Christian anymore?
  • Are there any religions where pre marital sex is acceptable?
  • Are there any religions that worship sex?
  • How does a person find satisfaction sexually if their spirituality does not allow that?
  • Why is girls’ virginity so much more important than guys?
  • Why do you think that someone may have a negative belief on the way “religion” and “sex” fits together?
  • Why is sex looked at as a taboo by those who follow a religion?
  • Is it any specific religion that has strict sexual views? What makes it so strict?
  • Why does religion always seem to demonize sexuality?
  • Should priest in the Catholic Church be able to get married?
  • Why do nuns and monks do not have sex?
  • How does virginity relate to different spiritualities?
  • Can two people comfortably date without having similar beliefs in God? How do they work around this?
  • How should I reveal to my significant other that I don’t believe in God?
  • Am I responsible for wet dreams in religion since dreams can’t be controlled?
  • Are gay and lesbians really considered an abomination?
  • Does religion really influence negativity towards homosexuality?
  • Why doesn’t church incorporate more discussion about sexual intercourse during mass?
  • Does religion really interfere with your sex life?
  • Does spirituality really affect sex life as much as we think?
  • Can your spirituality affect your libido?
  • How does spirituality affect the subject of sex and religion?
  • How do you cope with temptation in order to uphold your spirituality
  • How can Christians be a light among their peers, especially in a sex- saturated setting?
  • Can a couple be happy without sex?
  • Is polygamy frowned upon by every religion?
  • Should intercourse be considered a form of spiritual enlightenment?