By Trillia Newbell
It can be easy to think that sex is something we thought up. It’s all over our televisions, in our magazines and books. We are in a sex saturated culture. And it doesn’t surprise me because sex wasn’t our idea, it was God’s. In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve and said that they would become one, he was referring to the physical intimacy of marriage—sex (Gen. 2:24). Sexual intimacy within the confines of marriage has always been a beautiful design of God’s. We didn’t come up with it. But like all things pure and glorious, we’ve found ways to taint it since the fall of man.
Over the past year I’ve seen a theme on the internet. People are talking more openly about sexual intimacy, abuse, and shame. These topics have not been and should not be narrowed to the man’s perspective. Over the next month, writers at Karis will prayerfully consider what the Bible says about sex and think through the practical implications of what we discover. We will also address the shame and fear that many women experience from past sexual sin.
As we head into this discussion you may see some excerpts from a new book we’d also like to highlight. Denny Burk addresses many of the questions we will attempt to answer in his new book, What Is the Meaning of Sex? Burk is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Ethics at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church and as the editor of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
We look forward to beginning this series. As always, feel free to contact us with your questions at [email protected].
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