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September 04, 2007

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Kelly

sometimes, I think people are just looking for reasons to get upset! I think it is awesome that we are doing this series and I know God will bless the churhc because of it. Christians need to get stirred up! We have sat around and done nothing for far too long and look where it has gotten us!

Courtney

I completely agree! I showed the flyer to my 80 year old grandmother on Sunday and her response was "whatever gets them to come." She then went on to say that she was glad there are preachers out there not afraid to speak the truth. If an 80 year old Methodist grandmother can approve..then how can it be wrong?!?! ha

Evelyn

I don't think there is a more relevent issue confronting christianity today than this one.

CAROL

you know I think our church is the best, we step out and take a chance at talking about things others wish they could. I was at the courthouse yesterday inviting people to Oak Leaf like I do everywhere I go. Someone said I have heard of ya'll, I hear some great things are going on over there, I said yes they are, please come join us. Maybe she will take a leap of faith.

Mike D.

I agree that porn is a problem. However, I don't believe you "trick" people into coming to church by using a double meaning in your sermon title. It's not that "super-spiritual Christians" (whatever that means) are looking for any reason to complain, it's that this whole "Pure Sex", "My Crappy Sex Life dot com", "XXXChurch", "Porn Sunday" thing is getting a bit old. Seriously, why can't you name your sermon series "What the Bible Has To Say About Pornography"? I guess it's not edgy enough to trick a "porn addict" to come to church with that title.

I know you may not publish my comment. I do hope that you do, because I am sincerely asking an honest question.

Mike D.
"Super-Spiritual Christian"

lavalamp775

Mike D,

I don't think there's any trickery here. It's pretty clear that we're going to be confronting the issue. The actual title of the message is "Does porn really hurt anyone."

If a catchy title would help, in the slightest way, get someone to come to church, that's a good thing. I don't think any sinful lines are being crossed.

We also are tag teaming on this event with the national event, so we wanted to stick with the national name.

ml

Dave Hendrickson

I think the heart is in the right place here, but the means may be the question. Let's assume that I am an unsaved person walking down the street and got one of these fliers. Why would I want to go to a church that is going to tell me why my habits are degrading and abominable to God? Or, assume that I am a person who calls myself a Christian but lives in sin continually looking at this stuff. What would motivate me to come in and attend the service? Unless, of course, I think that I may be "getting my fix" by perhaps seeing something that would excite me in church.

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Dave

lavalamp775

dave,

that's just it. the flier doesn't say degrading and abomination - it's designed to peak interest, say what we're talking about, and not give it all away.

i think there are a lot of people struggling with this issue - Christian and not - that want to get rid of it. there are lots of addicts that hate their addictions. and there are a lot of christians locked into stuff like this that need help.

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