Friday, 5 June 2009

Something you won't normally find on this blog...

...A post about sex. Well, not so much sex itself, but the fact that our church is talking about sex.

I don't believe in Bible-bashing folks over the internets (or at all, actually) and tend to only talk about my faith when asked or if I feel it's relevant, but seeing I had a couple of comments asking for more info on "designer sex", here goes...

The church I'm part of is called GodFirst and you can read all about what it's up to, where we meet etc at www.godfirst.co.za.

In response to phillygirl's question (Is your church the one with that nonsensical billboard on Rivonia road then), the answer is yes. That's our church. Here's the blurb that's on the website as an intro (written by PJ, head of the leadership team), which explains what it's all about:

"Hi,
Sex is a major part of life in Jozi, isn’t it? And, I am pleased to say, a major part of mine! Last year 41 000 Joburgers got along to Sexpo. Married couples need to spice up their sex life, unmarried people are mostly trying to get lucky…yep, safe to say that Joburg loves sex. God does too. He actually invented it. But I’m sure you’ve also noticed that amidst all the good stuff, sex can also bring some hectic challenges, and can make or break a life. So, I am taking eight weeks to open up some of the gems from God’s Instruction Manual. The bible’s got a lot to say about this stuff – it’s actually got a whole book devoted to sex that gets pretty steamy. Prudish fundamentalists should please take a Valium before setting out for GodFirst. We kick off on Sun 17 May talking about The Sex God, then move onto the one about porn and masturbation, then designer sex, then gay sex, then finding ‘the one’ and mending broken hearts, then great marriage, great sex, and end up with looking at being a real man and a real woman.Looking forward to seeing you there."

*blushing*

Erm... moving right onto the next question:

Sass asked, "What is designer sex?", along with Damaria Senne and Caz, If you really want to know, you can download the sermon from 31 May. But the short of it is that "designer sex" means sex where you get to make up all the rules and write you own moral code. Which fits in very much with the dominant world view at the moment - you decide your own truth. That's ok up to the point where you question Robert Mugabe's truth, I guess. Anyway... If you want more info, go listen to the sermon - it's way better than my explanations and mumblings.

The best bit about the series, in my opinion, is that PJ is doing live SMS Q&A sessions at the end of most services. So people get to send him their burning questions via text message, which he then answers from stage. Must be quite nerve-wracking (people aren't shy with their Q's), but it's been brilliant so far. Come and see on Sunday if you like.

K. End of the sex talk on this here blog for a bit. Back to the boring stuff. Sorry ;-) Hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'll be trying to keep warm and doing a whole heap of craft projects while TSC's away.

10 comments:

Mellisoo said...

Ermm... Interesting :)

Which church do you go to?

Have a lovely weekend :)

Damaria Senne said...

Thank you. Mwa! Mwa! I'm off to the church site to check out the material.

And in case someone wonders if my enthusiasm is overdone, I am interested in the topic because one of my clients is the OneLove Campaign ( run by Soul City in SA;) and sex is a big part of the web content I'm developing. That's MY STORY and I'm sticking with it:-)

Caz said...

PJ is such a beaut! Will go visit the site. Well done to you guys :P

Sass said...

I'd like to have my name logo'd on some designer sex.

I think I'm still not getting it...off to check out the site. ;)

Dr Zibbs said...

oooo - designer sex. I like the sound of that.

Kitty Cat said...

Interesting and I think churches and religious groups should be more open about talking about sex and not shy/scared to "go there". Cos people are doing it anyway!

Ookami Snow said...

Luckily my family (christian) doesn't hold the taboo on sex like many others do. It made growing up much easier. When I got married we got a couple of books about this sort of topic.

Good stuff.

Slyde said...

well, i learned something today, and here i thought i knew all there was to know about sex...

but 'designer sex' was a new term for me..

angel said...

It sounds fascinating. I think a lot of Christian couples can do with a heads-up so they can spice things up without worrying about what may displease Him.

Helen said...

Wow, there's a billboard on Jan Smuts right near my house as well... And I have been new-church hunting lately, so I might come through and give it a try! It definitely looks a lot less conservative and stuck-in-a-rut than the church I'm attending at the moment!