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Q+A: Jefferson Bethke on the Spiritual Realities of Sex

The YouTube poet talks to Her.meneutics about the beliefs behind "Sexual Healing."

Spoken-word poet and YouTube sensation Jefferson Bethke's newest video, "Behind the Pen," hasn't quite gained the momentum of January's breakout "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus," but at over 50,000 views in two weeks, it's definitely not slacking. From The New York Times and Nightline to the Gospel Coalition, there's been no shortage of opinions, both positive and negative, on Bethke's messages. His "Sexual Healing" poem and subsequent "Sex, Marriage and Fairytales" laid Bethke's views on gender out on the table.

The 22-year-old Washington native and Mars Hill member spoke with Her.meneutics guest writer Kate Roberts about his views on sexuality, parenting, and gender roles.

In "Sexual Healing," you address the repercussions of premarital sex. What do 20-somethings in the church get wrong about sex?

I recently read an article called "Why Young Christians Aren't Waiting Anymore," and the stats were that 88 percent of non-Christians adults have had sex, while Christians were 80 percent. ...

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