Moving Forward in Our Conversations about Sexuality

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In many conversations about sexuality, the church has used homosexuality as a scapegoat to evade the bigger issues resulting from the sexual revolution. In today’s Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Mark Ongley suggests that the church should begin having candid conversations both about sexual brokenness and about the wonderfully-designed gift of sex that God gave his creation.

[WATCH] Renown Roman Catholic leader Christopher West did a series of Seven Minute Seminary videos addressing the issue of sexuality; [READ] Timothy Tennent wrote a 14-part series on Marriage, Human Sexuality, and the Body on his blog; [READ] Rebekah Bled shares 6 tips on having healthy conversations with students about sex; [READ] Kensi Duzynski writes up 7 positive messages that the church needs to hear about sex; [WATCH] Ben Witherington III presents a Seven Minute Seminary case for the traditional view of marriage based on Scripture.

Maintaining purity of heart in a sex-saturated world is a challenge for all believers. Sensuality has always grabbed our attention, but with the Internet, explicit and highly addictive material is jus ta click away. A glance becomes a gaze, a gaze can become an obsession, and obsession unchecked can bring the chains of addiction. Getting free can be maddening. But freedom is possible! Studies reveal that abstinence from addictive behavior for ninety days can place you on a new plateau of victory. But you can’t do it alone. Gritting your teeth and making more promises leads only to disillusionment and despair. Banding together with a few trusted friends, however, is a key to liberation. Get the guidebook Pure Hearted: Banding Together for Sexual Wholeness to begin your journey toward sexual wholeness.

Mark Ongley’s book, Into the Light: Redeeming the Church’s Discussion of Sexuality is available in our store, along with video segments that can be watched or studied by individuals and/or groups. Through the month of February, you’ll get a second copy free when purchasing the book! Learn more here.

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Dr. Mark Ongley has over 30 years of pastoral ministry and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Formational Counseling. He has counseled hundreds of people with varying issues of sexual brokenness. Currently he pastors Ashes to Life Ministries, a United Methodist church in Beaver Falls, PA, reaching people in recovery, and is author of Into the Light: Healing Sexuality in Today’s Church (Seedbed Publishing, 2016).

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