Our church is starting a 4 week series on sex: theology of sexuality, marriage and singleness, homosexuality, and pornography. It was surprising to me that one month was not enough time to talk about sex. We had to squeeze marriage and singleness together, and we are barely going to touch on strategies for succeeding in times of temptation. Each week, I'll be posting the sermons on my blog. I'll post the beginning of the first one here. If folks seem to be interested, I can post the others as well.
Sometimes people ask me why we are doing a sermon series on sex. One of my pastor friends was completely shocked when I told him. It’s dangerous and difficult to talk about sex so publicly. People might get offended. I might say something wrong. This is a hard topic to talk about, so why are we doing it.
Well, sexuality is an essential part of our humanity. We might avoid talking about our sexuality, but we can’t avoid our sexuality. It is always with us because it is part of our humanness.
Also, sex has deep spiritual and theological implications. We’ll talk about that more today.
And, we’re talking about sex simply because it is dangerous and difficult to talk about. We shouldn’t take the easy way out. We should run into the most difficult, most dangerous topics and address them directly. We should live in the storm of life because it doesn’t stop storming just because we talk about nice things.
To be honest, it was kind of hard to get this series started. I couldn’t find any jokes that wouldn’t get me fired. I didn’t even try to find any videos that were … appropriate. And Sarah made me promise not tell any personal stories.
The way some Christians talk about sex, one wonders how Christians ever have children. Sometimes, Christians have said some pretty bad things about sex. So we’ll start by talking about some of the negative views on sex that Christians have held or taught down through the ages. ...
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