I’m pretty excited about this project! Not only is it probably one of the biggest blogging projects that I’ve had the opportunity to organize, but it’s probably one of the most needed conversations in the church today.
I recently shared that The Idea Camp is running an event this September on the topic of ‘sex’. But one of the coolest things about this one is that the conversation is starting well before the actual event in Vegas!
It’s a big business, probably because of it’s addictive nature. It can damage relationships in so many ways, and many would consider it a form of cheating (infidelity). This discussion will focus on the physical, emotion, and spiritual damage that can result from a porn addiction, and how healing and restoration can be ministered to those stuck in it.
2. Sexual Abuse – Week beginning Sunday, July 25
It usually leaves invisible scars that never go away. And it can be root of other issues not only sexually, but relationally. This discussion will focus on not only the damage that is caused by sex abuse, but with special consideration of how to help those hurt by it with immediate and long-term healing.
3. Gender – Week beginning Sunday, August 8
What does it mean to be a man? Or a woman? Society today would give a large variety of definitions and events that it takes to ‘become a man/woman’. This discussion will focus on defining gender identity and roles, but can also cover factors that may prompt confusion about what it means to be a certain gender.
4. Orientation – Week beginning Sunday, August 22
Same-sex attraction is likely one of the most controversial issues that the church deals with today. Is it okay to be gay/lesbian and be a Christian? More importantly how should the church respond to people who live with same-sex attraction? This discussion will focus on reconciliation… with the Word AND with people. This is a good opportunity to build a bridge to those who have been alienated by the church for a very long time.
5. Slavery – Week beginning Sunday, September 5
This is the ‘social justice’ side of the sex discussion. Many are sold into sex slavery every day all around the world. But what can/should the church be doing about it? Do we have a responsibility to protect those who are affected by this? This conversation will focus on building awareness for this tragic issue, but also further practical solutions that people can take to bring an end to it.
6. Family – Week beginning Sunday, September 19
This is where it all starts. All of the discussions up until now end up pointing back to the family in some way. What should a loving relationship in a marriage look like? Where does sex fit in? What’s healthy? What about the kids? When/how do they learn about sex? This conversation will not only focus on what a healthy marriage looks like, but what healthy discussion about sex in a family sounds like.
If you’re interested…
We’re looking for people to join these discussions. Are you are a blogger who’s interested in dealing with these difficult conversations on your blog? Or do you just have strong feelings about some of these topics? If you’d like to contribute to this conversation in some way, then let me know.
Let’s blog about sex for what it should be, not what we’ve made it.