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How Pornography Works: It Hijacks the Male Brain

Albert Mohler:

To no one’s surprise, the vast majority of those who consume pornography are males. It is no trade secret that males are highly stimulated by visual images, whether still or video. That is not a new development, as ancient forms of pornography attest. What is new is all about access. Today’s men and boys are not looking at line pictures drawn on cave walls. They have almost instant access to countless forms of pornography in a myriad of formats.

But, even as technology has brought new avenues for the transmission of pornography, modern research also brings a new understanding of how pornography works in the male brain. While this research does nothing to reduce the moral culpability of males who consume pornography, it does help to explain how the habit becomes so addictive.

Get A Geerhardus Vos Anthology in today’s $5 Friday at Ligonier.org

Today you can get A Geerhardus Vos Anthology for only $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:

  • Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow by R.C. Sproul (ePub)
  • The Parables of Jesus teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio & video download)
  • Living By God’s Promises by Joel Beeke (paperback)

$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.

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HT: Ray Ortlund

They Said It Far Better Than I Could

Thabiti Anyabwile:

Recently I’ve attempted to argue that in our discourse about homosexuality we need to return the discussion to the basic description of the acts themselves. I’ve suggested  that on two grounds, one fairly implicit, the other stated explicitly. Implicit in my previous posts was the assumption that  entire premise of homosexuality as social identity needs to be questioned. I didn’t develop this thought, but it was working in my description of how the public conversation about homosexuality turned so quickly and decisively. The more explicit statement was that we needed to turn the conversation to the sex acts themselves because the success of the pro-homosexuality campaign depends on our not considering those things actively.

This week a couple of pieces make those points far more eloquently and  helpfully than I could  ever do.

Ministry for Stay-at-Home Moms

Brian Croft:

There are so many different kinds of people in the local church who provide a helpful service for the pastors to care for elderly widows, but I have found a specific group that shows to be especially valuable.  It is a group in the church that often “flies under the radar” in regard to being called upon to play such a role. Yet, this group possesses particular qualities that show to be very useful to the pastors and meaningful to widows, especially older widows. This group of folks in the church… Stay-at-home moms.