Intersections

A Review of "Love Thy Body" by Nancy R. Pearcey

by: 
Janie Valentine, MA

In her 2018 book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality,[1] Christian apologist Nancy R. Pearcey tackles a variety of hot-button ethical issues including abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, hookup culture, and transgenderism. Chapter by chapter, Pearcey makes the case that Western secularism denigrates the human body by embracing each of these practices, and she defends the holistic realism of Christian ethics in response.

The ‘Slippery Slope’ of Euthanasia

by: 
Paige C. Cunningham, JD, PhD

One of my favorite parts of getting around Washington, D.C. is the Metro system. The zzzip of the Metro fare card that opens the turnstile, the flashing lights that announce the incoming train, and the garbled announcements of the upcoming station create a vivid collage. Even more, the long entrance/exit rides, such as on Rosslyn station’s 270-foot escalator, induce a bit of vertigo. The wide stainless steel divider might tempt brash or drunk riders to emulate their childhood prowess on the playground slide, but large discs mounted at strategic intervals along the divider deter all but the most foolhardy. It is dangerous to descend that slippery slope.

Christian Ministry in a Digital Age

by: 
Scott Stiegemeyer, MDiv, MA

We live and work in the wonderful age of digital technology. Some of us can remember the analog days of having to drive to a library to find certain information which can now be miraculously accessed on a pocket computer. Libraries are still important, but no one can deny that computer and media innovations have changed our lives dramatically. The discussion lies in to what degree and where the boundaries should be set. Teenagers and adults spend hundreds of hours looking at their phones, updating their statuses on social media, and following the trends of their online friends. People feel pressure to remain constantly connected. After speaking with a group of California high school students about their own technology habits, one mentioned that FOMO (or the “Fear of Missing Out”) is a common experience for young people. This is only one side effect of our constant connection to our devices.

Death and the Church, Part IV

by: 
Robert C. Kurka, DMin

This final essay in my series on “Death and the Church,” was intended to be a summons to the local church to provide hospice training for its members. Clearly, there is hardly a better present-day ministry for a faith community to practice a Christian view of dying than a hospice program constructed on sound biblical premises. Certainly, an Intersections article needs to be written on the dignity and comfort that hospice provides to an incurable patient, not to mention the transformational effect such service brings to a team of caregivers. However, due in large part to an article in a recent Trinity Journal, this piece is taking another direction.

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