“Have you had sex with this man?” Dannah Gresh, author of Get Lost and What Are You Waiting For,” asked that question of an audience staring at a big screen photo of NFL football player Tim Tebow during TEDxPSU this spring. The audience of 900, mostly Penn State University students, was challenged to consider if it was possibly intolerance of virginity that led the media to print the question along with the offer of a one million dollar ransom for anyone who could prove they’d taken Tebow’s virginity. She then used social science to debunk the myths that perpetuate the lie that those who embrace their virginity are doomed to have bad sex, proving not only that those who reserve sex for marriage have great sex but when you have sex with just anyone “your body makes a promise whether you do or not.”
As a resident of Penn State, Gresh coaches college students seeking to define their sexual and relationship theology. She has found that students who feel most discriminated against for their sexual choices are those who choose to reserve sex for one mutually monogamous lifetime partnership. In other words, they’re virgins. Her recent calculations found that there may be as many as 8,360 virgins on campus, but they tend to conceal it. Could it be that the banner of tolerance does not include them?
To watch, “The Walk of Fame vs The Walk of Shame: Dannah Gresh at TEDxPSU, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C24CmKxRPdQ
Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own (WaterBrook Press, March 19, 2013) by debut authors Ryan and Josh Shook has swept through the national bestseller lists during its first week on sale with the book ranking #4 on the New York Times Hardcover How-to, Advice, Misc list (Apr. 7), #5 on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Non-fiction list (Apr. 1), #8 on the Wall Street Journal Hardcover Non-fiction list (Mar. 29), and #107 on USA Today’s Top 150 (Mar. 28).
Brothers Ryan (24) and Josh (23) Shook, the oldest sons of mega-church pastor Kerry Shook of the Woodlands Church near Houston, joined forces to tell their experiences of leaving home and doubting their faith. The two discovered that each of them needed to develop a personal relationship with Christ instead of relying on the one passed down from their parents. The book addresses an antidote to the rampant exodus of young adults from the church. Ryan and Josh speak directly to their peers on the faith-related issues of emptiness, doubt, authenticity and more.
As you read Lisa Bevere’s new book, Girls with Swords, commit to memory Bible verses that correspond with each chapter and help you apply what you’ve read.
Download the Bible verses here.
Liz Curtis Higgs wants to help women of all ages get excited about studying God’s Word. Check out her FREE GUIDE to using The Girl’s Still Got book and DVD to facilitate your next Bible study or small group.
Now in progress!Join Liz Curtis Higgs as she journeys through her book, Embrace Grace, and offers to you the solace and comfort of God’s greatest gift.
For busy girls, this is a Bible study that works—at home or on the road, at your computer or on your smartphone. Read along when you can, check the blog when you like, and share your thoughts when you’re ready.
Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you.
He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he’s offering you. To listen for the whispered words you’ve longed a lifetime to hear:
You are loved. All is forgiven.
To Do This Week:
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Pick up your copy of Embrace Grace.
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Feeling overwhelmed by the holiday frenzy that ensues all around? Take a deep breath and slow your heart, mind, and soul. We invite you to read this excerpt from Joanna Weaver’s devotional, At the Feet of Jesus. May a few minutes spent at the feet of Jesus calm you today.
November 30th - God is within her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5
Perhaps like me, you’ve tried for years to give a certain issue over to God. A habit, attitude, or addiction. Or an area of fear and doubt. “I’ll be different, Lord,” you’ve promised as you surrendered it to Him. And for a while you are. But just when you think you’ve finally gained victory over that issue, there it is again—back in your hand. Somehow you’ve picked up the habit or situation once more, and you wonder if you were ever truly free. Which is exactly what Satan wants you to think… keep reading here.
Stay grounded this holiday. Engage in this special online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 teacher, Melissa Taylor.
Go to www.MelissaTaylor.org for details.
Find out more about Greater, by Steven Furtick.
Resources include: hardcover book, DVD and Participant’s Guide for small groups and individual study.
Pastor Steven Furtick’s new book Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life. debuted at #4 on The New York Times Hardcover “How-To, Advice” Bestseller list on Sunday, Sept 23. Greater is Steven’s second book and his first New York Times bestseller.
STARTS IN ONE WEEK!
A Note from Liz Curtis Higgs:This September thru November we’ll be reading through my new book on Ruth, one chapter a week. Then each Wednesday I’ll offer my take on the Study Guide questions and invite your comments. Easy, right?
For busy girls like us, this is a Bible study that works—at home or on the road, at your computer or on your smartphone. Read the chapter when you can, check the blog when you like, and share your thoughts when you’re ready.
To Do This Week:
Sign up to have my Bible Study Blog delivered to your inbox.
Pick up your copy of The Girl’s Still Got It.
Read pages 1-25.
Answer the questions on pages 175-178.
Join Liz on her blog on September 5 to dive in!
To find out more and read the 7 reasons why the book of Ruth still rocks, visit Liz online.
We all have honest moments when we’re gripped by a desire to feel that what we’re doing matters more. That who we are matters more. Are you ready to open your imagination to the possibility that God has a vision for your life that is greater?
Four of the most powerful principles and themes from GREATER were used to create a four-day prayer initiative for anyone looking to take their faith to another level or to help you get back on track. What’s holding you back? GET STARTED.
Read a sample from GREATER, the new book from Steven Furtick on sale September 4 and available for pre-order now wherever books are sold.