Welcome to my blog, “Frank-Answers.” You can read about me and why I started this web page in “About Frank and ‘Frank-Answers.’”
Here’s how this blog works. I answer questions submitted by readers. Questions submitted from the blog platform come to me anonymously, so I don’t know who is asking the question. If the question is on a topic I’m willing and able to answer, I’ll do so. You are also invited to comment on my answers through the “comment” feature provided on the blog platform. But I get to approve all comments and your name or ID will appear with it. I want to keep the comments civil and informative, even on controversial topics.
An “answer” can be explored further through the comments section or it may prompt a new question. We can return to topics already discussed. The articles are archived, so comments made long after the date an article was posted are still welcome to keep the discussion going or to reignite discussion on the topic.
When I started “Frank Answers” on my church web site, I received a lot of questions such as church people might ask. Now that I’m retired from pastoral ministry and I’m “out there” on the worldwide web, I get different kinds of questions. Many of the questions I answer concern liturgy and worship practices because that has been my academic field of study and I’m still teaching and writing about liturgy. Many of my articles focus on the body—in liturgy and theology, as well as in philosophy and sexuality— because the body has become a particular interest of mine in recent years. I have an interest in yoga and environmental issues, so a number of articles deal with those topics. I’ve also posted a few sermons I’ve preached,
Unlike printed articles, blog articles are “living” documents, that is, evolving pieces. Sometimes long after an article has been posted I notice an error or think an idea can be stated better or I get a new insight or new information. So I don’t hesitate to go in and correct errors or rewrite a paragraph or add new information. So I invite users to return to a favorite topic.
I have enjoyed finding images for the articles. Hopefully the images are in public domain for free use. If one is not, please notify me and I will take it down. Sometimes when looking for images for a new article I find one that is just right for another article. So I may add or change images as I find new ones that seem appropriate, just as I do with words. You can’t do that in a print medium.
After a timid start, I began including illustrative images of nude bodies. I deal with a number of topics for which nude images are appropriate: Christ’s passion and resurrection, the body in nature, sexuality, swimming naked, yoga, etc. I have flagged those articles that display nudity by including the category or tag of “nakedness” or “nudity” among the topics addressed in the article, to forewarn readers. Some of the images may strike some readers as pornographic. Indeed, some of the Greek etchings, ancient Indian sculptures, and medieval drawings are pornographic! But they’re also illustrative of life and philosophy in those cultures. I have avoided photographic images that are hard core porn. I do not regard displays of the nude body in art and photography sinful.
Since these articles are sometimes evolving pieces, I invite you to return again to answers on topics that interest you. It may be slightly different.
General comments about this blog are welcome below in the comments feature. I have enjoyed writing these answers. I hope you enjoy reading them.
Pastor Frank Senn