Sex, Intimacy, Singleness, and a whole big mess

Pastor Chelsey wrote an article for our denominational magazine’s July issue (The Banner) entitled “Single and Sexual: As God Created Us.” In it, she offers some practical advice and tries to help us navigate between the truth and the false expectations given to the various kinds of people who find themselves as single adults.

The Banner published another article in tandem with Pastor Chelsey’s that may prove to challenge what you believe about sex, marriage, and the Church’s position. The thoughts expressed in “Where Do We Draw the Line?” do not represent the position of the Christian Reformed Church or of Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, but they can serve as a catalyst for you to decide where you draw the line in faithfulness to God’s Word and call to integrity, as well as lead you to wonder what role the community plays in drawing lines for one another.

As you may be able to imagine, an article that questions basic moral positions in the Church has caused quite a stir (the comments section attests to the mess.) But you’re likely to get into a mess dealing with such a sensitive topic, and the Spirit of God can be found in the hospitality as well as conflict. You can read both articles (or just Pastor Chelsey’s lead article) on the page “Sex, Intimacy, and the Single Person.” 

Then, you can read an encouraging story of a young woman trying to live with integrity within her sexuality: Olympic athlete, Lolo Jones.

 

This post shares stories, inspiration, encouragement and a challenge on the way we think about singleness, sexuality and sex in the Christian life.

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Ambassadors of Reconciliation

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

-2 Corinthians 5.19b

On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared “A Place to Become” based on 2 Corinthians 5.16-21. You can hear that message on our current series‘ sermon page on our website (or in the archives).

The main theme of this section of Paul’s letter to the Church in Corinth is reconciliation. Today’s links example three different kinds of reconciliation to encourage and equip you:

Reconciliation between God and yourself through confession in “The Sacred Act of Pulling Weeds” by Adam McLane.

Reconciliation between yourself and a neighbour (which means opening up your neighbour to the possibility of reconciliation with God) in “I CHOOSE GRACE!” by John.

And working for the reconciliation of others in “Subversive for the Common Good: Seek the Welfare of the City” by Bob Robinson.

 

This post is a follow up to a sermon preached at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC by Rev. Chelsey Harmon on June 16, 2013. It provides stories that relate to the theme and call to reconciliation.

Dads are great

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and like we did with Mother’s Day, we want to share some encouraging and challenging words with the dads out there.

3293453658_477abdac6eStart with this story from Megan about the ways that she felt loved and cared for by her dad: “Monday nights with Dad.”

Then, use Daniel’s reflections on how his view of fatherhood changed by actually becoming a dad with your own experience. Don’t worry, there’s a lighthearted tone to “10 Things Nobody Tells You about Being a Dad.”

Finally, consider taking Micheal’s challenge of thinking more carefully about what you bring home with you each day: “A Challenge for Dads on the Way Home Today.”

This post is for dads and those who support and encourage them. It provides ideas and stories that help shape the way dads function and live in their families.

Photo by Lisa Stevens. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Women’s Work

Quick Trip to the line- Sharlene SmithThis week’s links are for women and the people who want to encourage and appreciate them.

Three books may be of interest to you if you are struggling to find contentment, value and purpose in the everyday of your life. Here are links to reviews and interviews with the authors:

Every woman’s work is sacred- even if it takes place in a board room. Read more from Susan DiMeckle and Working Women of the Bible: TImeless Mentors for Modern Women.

Finding joy isn’t in grand plans, but in little steps everyday. Read more about Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin.

Gloria Furman’s Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home reminds us that “bigger and better” isn’t what Jesus is actually calling us to. Read more in “Grace for the Not-Quite-Happy Homemaker.”

This post focuses on women who are in the workplace or at home and encourages them to consider how discipleship and faith in Jesus transforms their everyday.

Photo provided by Campbelltown City Council. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.