Paying for sex engaging in the oldest profession –is everywhere, even in your church. The factors leading individuals into sex work are as varied as hair colors, yet sex workers are viewed as powerless individuals who must be rescued. I Heart Sex Workers offers another perspective, one where the characters defy stereotypes and solutions are hard to find. Author Lia Scholl firmly believes the Christian response to sex work should be one of building agency for women, through education, through fighting injustice, by listening to the voices of sex workers.
I Heart Sex Workers examines the forces leading individuals into prostitution, whether through coercion, choice, or circumstance. And it provides a Christian response, answering the question, Are you my neighbor? How do we respond to woman trading sex for a place to live tonight when she asks, “Where will I sleep?” This book discusses these issues and many more.
Did Jesus understand the implications of his own death, and does it matter? Gospel Reading: John 12:20-33
For Sunday, March 25, 2012: Year B—Lent 5
The Gospel lesson for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (B) gets subtitled by the New International Version as “Jesus predicts his death.” But the supposition that most preachers make is that Jesus not only predicts his death, but he also predicts the universal implications of that death. When he says, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself,” it’s as if Jesus is predicting the salvific nature of his death for all people.
But what if Jesus didn’t understand that universality? What if he’s speaking only to the disciples standing in front of him and only about the immediate results of his impending death? More
Advent Devotional—Partners in Prayer 2011
Advent means coming; a yearning for justice and love, and the means to contest injustice and fear. It’s about to be born, if we just let it. And instead of passively waiting for it to be born, let’s welcome, with open arms, the Advent of the Christ in us.