We are so excited to introduce to you our newest contributor at Take Six. Did you ever want to understand issues around teen sexuality better, but didn’t know where to look or what to read? Take a minute, and get to know Barbara, (you will love her) and then enjoy her first post tomorrow!
I am a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, and a former high school teacher (Modern History) and counsellor in Toronto, where I also was a youth leader with Crusaders for Christ, a non-denominational work led by Stan Izon, who later became an assistant to Billy Graham. I have a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the USA, and my husband and I pastored a church in Massachusetts for seven years before going to the Ivory Coast (Africa) and then to Germany with World Vision International. When our younger son went off to university, I returned to Gordon-Conwell for a Doctor of Ministry degree, and I wrote my doctoral thesis on “Teenage Sexual Morality”. I now live with my husband in the village of Blandford, Nova Scotia, where I grew up. For the past 20 years I have been researching and teaching teen sexuality. Both of our sons are married and we have six wonderful grandchildren. In my spare time, I like to read, cook, crochet, and entertain, and in the summer we have a large vegetable garden.
Young people everywhere are being bombarded day in and day out in our super-sexualized society by messages that both trivialize sex and encourage sexual activity. These messages are hurting our young people. Yet as Christians we are failing to give our teens a picture of healthy sexuality; we leave them on their own to figure things out, often with disastrous results – physical, emotional, and social. It doesn’t need to be this way, and it breaks my heart to see the pain resulting from our lack of action. My passion is to challenge and equip parents and Christian leaders, and give them the confidence, to help their teens to recognize sex as our Heavenly Father’s good gift and to make wise decisions as to what to do with their hearts and their bodies in their teen years.
I’m excited to share with you all. See you tomorrow for my first post,