Yahnke, Beverly K. When God’s Good Gifts are Defiled: Pastoral Care for the Sinner and the Sinned Against Cranach Institute Conference. 2006, August.

I’m delighted and admittedly somewhat unnerved to be with you this morning. When one of my colleagues learned that a mere Christian psychologist was going to speak about sin and sexuality on a Lutheran seminary campus he elevated his eyebrows and said, “Freudian death wish, huh?” He wanted to know if I was to be regarded as an expert in the area of sin, sex or being sinned against. Trust me when I tell you that “Sexual Sin Expert” is not going to look good on my letterhead. Then of course, just last century, Dr. Ruth seemed to do reasonably well for herself…


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