Creation and Embodied Sexuality

Love Sex Body Series GFX-05I continued our series, “Love-Sex-Body: Toward a Biblical Theology of Embodied Sexuality,” this past weekend at at Eastbrook Church

This weekend, I turned our attention to the first chapter of God’s Good Story: Creation. The message draws upon many Scripture passages, but finds its footing in Genesis 1 and 2. My main point was basically that our bodies our good, our sexuality is good, and love is the good that holds that all together. In the midst of the message, I spent some time discussing the image of God in humanity, the nature of biological sex and gender, as well as some reflections on singleness and marriage.

You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities to connect.

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Singletons – the changing shape of the single world

Last week’s issue of The Economist included a provocative article about the increase of single adults internationally entitled “Singletons: the attraction of solitude.” The evangelical church has not historically done a great job of reaching out to single adults. In one of my former church settings, a significant leader who was a single adult challenged me and others on our leadership team to actively change the way that we spoke to the church to be more engaging with singles in our midst. It changed my perspective greatly.

Here are some highlights from the article. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Singledom is on the rise almost everywhere…singletons [those living by themselves] will be the fastest-growing household group in most parts of the world…

The trend is most marked in the rich West, where it has been apparent for some time. Half of America’s adults, for instance, are unmarried, up from 22% in 1950. And nearly 15% live by themselves…

In Japan women are refusing to swap their careers for the fetters of matrimony. Even in Islamic Iran, some women are choosing education over marriage, exploiting newly relaxed divorce laws or flashing fake wedding rings to secure sole lodgings….

‘Living alone, being alone and feeling lonely are three different social conditions,’ says Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University and author of a recent book, ‘Going Solo.’…

Some governments are now trying to stem the tide. The UAE’s Marriage Fund, for instance, has spent almost $16m this year in one-off grants to encourage couples to tie the knot…In America the Obama administration has continued to fund the ‘Healthy Marriage Initiative’, a programme launched by George W. Bush, to encourage unmarried parents to get hitches, at a cost of $150m per year…