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I've heard the most appalling -- and the most beautiful -- messages about sex in the church. Too often, the church is silent and bashful about sex, and when the church has spoken out about sex, many messages I heard have either been shaming or repressive.

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Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein is an HIV/AIDS behavioral researcher, writer, and triathlete. A self-described “recovering evangelical,” she ponders the intersections of faith, hope, and love on her blog "Like Birds on Trees"


  1. #2 reminded me of my “sex education,” which consisted of the idea: Sex is bad, sex is dirty, save it for the one you love…”