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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

To Touch or Not to Touch?

To Touch or Not to Touch?
In an era of anxiety about personal boundaries and sexual signals, Jesus shows us how to minster to others with care and sensitivity.
Interview by Abby Perry
People have varying levels of comfort with physical touch. Some are happy to receive hugs from friends—or even total strangers. Others would prefer that everyone else keep their hands to themselves. Throw in the taboos surrounding evangelical purity culture and the wider social reckoning with unwanted sexual attention, and it quickly becomes a challenge to discern, in individual cases, whether touch is a welcome gesture or a violation of personal space. How can believers minister well in this ...
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