On Sex, Sexuality, Sexiness, and Same-Sex Attraction: Two Talks from Southeastern Seminary Chapel

Here is a salient truth: Sin has ravaged every square inch of God’s good creation tearing asunder humanity’s relationship with God, with each other, with the created order, and even with the self. And no aspect of the self has been disordered, degraded, misconstrued, or misapplied more than human sexuality. In light of this recognition, we at BtT wanted to point out two especially helpful talks on sex and sexuality, both given in SEBTS chapel services this year. The first is by an ethicist, Dr. Mark Liederbach, and the second is by a psychologist and counselor, Dr. Sam Williams.

First, we note Dr. Mark Liederbach’s recent talk (March 21, 2012) entitled, “Redeeming Sex and Sexuality,” in which he gave a biblical-theological answer to the question, “What is sexy?” His thesis is, “if there is a higher and better definition of sexy than the one paraded around in our culture, then even if it is at first hard for us to see or accept, we must trust the Maker of all good things, and seek to alter our perspective in light of His. After all, He is the One who declares in that in His presence is fullness of joy and that in His right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Ps 16:11). If this verse is true, then . . . what God finds sexy, we ought also to find sexy.”

Dr. Liederbach earned his Ph. D. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the University of Virginia. He is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bush Center for Faith & Culture. He is known as a top-shelf classroom instructor, an author, and a student-friendly professor.

Second, we note Dr. Sam Williams’s lecture (October 19, 2011) entitled, “A Christian Psychology of, and Response to, Homosexuality,” in which he spoke to the issues of same-sex attraction, same-sex orientation, and gay/lesbian identity. The lecture is now available at Southeastern’s multimedia site by clicking here.

Dr. Williams earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (San Diego), and his B. A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. From 1989 until 1999, he was the owner and operator of a psychology clinic in Lake Charles, LA, at which time he came to Southeastern, where he is now Associate Professor of Counseling. He is a student favorite and a polymath who reads widely in theology, epistemology, psychology, and other fields related to counseling.