I thought I had seen it all, at least in terms of the veritable three-ring circus that we might best call the "edgy" evangelical mega-church. Then I realized that their are frontiers yet to be explored by very sincere pastors who have turned public gatherings into whatever they decide to make up as they seek to attract more people to church, their ideas and their new books. And some people actually wonder why young evangelical adults, who deeply love Jesus Christ, are now leaving evangelical churches in increasing numbers to go to more ancient churches.
Ed and Lisa Young, founders of Texas-based Fellowship Church, will spend 24 hours in bed on the church roof next week and stream themselves live on the Internet to encourage married couples to see firsthand the power of a healthy sex life as prescribed in their new book, Sexperiment.
Two days after their book, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse, to be released today, the Youngs will take part in a 24-hour “bed-in,” which will be streamed on the book’s website as they engage the audience on issues related to intimacy in marriage.
The book encourages married couples to have sex for seven straight days – a challenge that made headlines in 2008 when Pastor Young first introduced it to his church – with the promise that the “amazing results” will last far beyond the week.
“Tragically, culture has kicked the bed out of church and God out of the bed,” says Ed Young, who has been “happily married” to Lisa for almost 30 years. “It’s time to bring God back in the bed and put the bed back in the church. That’s what this bed-in is all about.”
If this all seems like a parody I assure you that it is not. Check out the full story. Sadly it is all too true. While the world wonders what Christians have that makes a real difference on the margins, where people are poor and truly broken, we come up with something that even Barnum & Bailey could never imagine at their best.
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While I agree that the church does not, in general, teach sex well… this is beyond ridiculous. There are some actual good resources, by Christian experts with proper boundaries, like Cliff and Joyce Penner (http://passionatecommitment.com/) that provide necessary discussions in a loving and clear way.
Do you have any thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s “Real Marriage” book, which is along the same lines.
I’ve read that several churches have decided to teach this book in the church services. Last days??
LKH sums up my response very well. While I have not read Mark Driscoll’s book I did read the interview with Mark and Grace in Christianity Today. I also picked the book up in my local Barnes & Noble yesterday and the first page that hit me was about sex during pregnancy. I believe we need medical and personal counsel about sexuality but I deeply question this being done in a corporate church context; i.e. in public settings in the church. For the same reason I do not understand a book like this written by a pastor and his wife. The argument for the book is that a sexually active and aware generation needs frank counsel and help from their pastors. I do not debate this point, per se, but believe that it is simply not wise for a pastor to be talking about this descriptive sexual practice in this manner. LKH recommends a very good book that pastors could recommend but PLEASE do not preach this kind of material to the church at large.