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One preachers message: Have hotter sex
Love Et Al
Minister Joe Beam says good Christian marriages walk on the wild side
By Brian Alexander
MSNBC contributor


SAN DIEGO About 100 evangelical Christian couples stand in the convention hall of a Four Points Sheraton, bow their heads and thank God for their lives and the new day. Then they sing the old-timey hymn There’s Not a Friend Like the Lowly Jesus.

I have come here expecting exactly this scene. The occasion is a seminar called Love, Sex and Marriage, being given by Joe Beam, a Southern preacher out of the old school, a self-described book-chapter-and-verse guy, who runs an outfit based in Franklin, Tenn., called Family Dynamics. So I’m anticipating condemnation of American culture especially America’s sexual culture that has made conservative Christians feel besieged.

But then Beam, a portly, silver-haired basso profundo dressed in khaki slacks, a sweater vest and brown tasseled loafers that make him look like a retired country-club golf pro, walks to the front of the room and proceeds to tell the men in the audience how to make their semen taste better.

Sweet stuff works, he says, which provides a built-in excuse because "then you can say, Im eating this cake for you, baby!"

Welcome to the world of hot Christian love.

The San Diego Church of Christ is Beam’s sponsoring group today, but as far as he is concerned it could be any conservative Christian denomination. The message would be the same: Married Christians ought to be having more and hotter sex.

You could be forgiven for thinking conservative Christian and hot sex are oxymoronic. The missionary position has a real history, after all. But Beam is part of a burgeoning trend among evangelicals to bring sex out of the shadows, educate believers and relieve their guilt.
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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Words by Richard Slatcher & James Pennebake
Love Et Al
So Lord Byron was really onto something....

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WORDS

Current issue of Psychological Science:
Research Report
How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Words: The Social Effects of
Expressive Writing

Richard B. Slatcher and James W. Pennebaker
ABSTRACT ‹ Writing about emotional experiences is associated with a host
of positive outcomes. This study extended the expressive-writing paradigm to
the realm of romantic relationships to examine the social effects of writing. For 3 consecutive days, one person from each of 86 dating couples either wrote about his or her deepest thoughts and feelings about the relationship or wrote about his or her daily activities.
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AMERICANS HAVE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP WITH MARRIAGE - Lyida Saad
Love Et Al
AMERICANS HAVE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP WITH MARRIAGE
GALLUP NEWS SERVICE
May 30, 2006
Many supportive of unwed families, but most still seek marriage
by Lydia Saad


PRINCETON, NJ -- When USA Today asked what the subjects of his film "March
of the Penguins" have most in common with humans, director Luc Jacquet
answered, "They form couples and are faithful. Its the only way they can
raise the chick under extreme conditions."

Jacquets rendering of love-struck penguin couples struggling to bring their
offspring into the world is touchingly humanlike. But marriage is often viewed as a declining institution in U.S. society. Indeed, Gallup trends show that the percentage of American adults who were married at the time of the survey has fallen from a high of 77% in the 1960s to an average of 53% since 2000. Simultaneously, the percentage of divorced Americans at the time of the survey has grown from 3% to 11%, and the percentage either single or living together has surged from 9% to 24%.
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LOUISIANA: PROPOSED DIVORCE LEGISLATION
Love Et Al
I found this article on www.smartmarriages.com and thought it was interesting. See what you think because it might be affect you if you live in Louisana.

- LOUISIANA: PROPOSED DIVORCE LEGISLATION

HB 860, a divorce bill to extend the "no-fault" divorce waiting period
to
one year is scheduled to be heard by the Louisiana House Civil Law and
Procedure Committee on May 1st.


Here are talking points:

The bill allows for a reversion back to the current six-month waiting period
in cases where there is a showing of domestic abuse/violence directed at a
spouse and/or child.

An October 2005 survey found that 60% of Louisianans polled believe that
divorce should be more difficult for couples with minor children than for
other couples.

Maryland has one of Americas lowest divorce rates (third), and requires a
longer (one-year) separate-and-apart waiting period before a "no-fault"
divorce.

The Louisiana Law Institute (LLI), in a lengthy 2001 study report concerning
divorce recognized that the state has a legitimate and important interest in
preventing or reducing the termination of marriages by divorce and has
encouraged the Legislature to explore "any available and productive means of
preserving marriage both for the benefit of the state and the citizens of
the state, including importantly, the children of the marriage." LLI
specifically mentioned "longer cooling off periods" as among the
"pre-divorcing" measures worthy of consideration by the Legislature.
Relaxed divorce laws harm children, with data showing they are twice as
likely as a child in an intact home to drop out of school, three times as
apt to become pregnant as an unwed teenager, six times as likely to be in
poverty and twelve times as apt to be incarcerated. That translates to
higher expenditures in terms of welfare, food stamps, remedial teachers and
correctional costs.
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