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Chandler church to say lots about sex

Posted by on July 20, 2007 – 2:38 pm

HowSexyAmI.com proclaims a billboard on eastbound lane of the Santan Freeway. It shows a photo of two pairs of feet (presumably a mans and a womans) poking out from under the covers at the back of a bed. The feet are playfully twisted. Eye-catching indeed. The billboard sends drivers to the Web site to see whats going on. Were Bringing Sexy Back declares the site of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Chandler, which plans a six-week sermon series by its senior pastor, Linn Winters, starting Aug. 12. It is further promoted by a couple videos on the Web site (www.howsexyami.com). One features 14 changing black-and-white panels of somber men and women and this narrative: How do I decide what sexy is? …. Is it how much attention you get? Is it how you feel about yourself? When I feel sexy, does that mean Ill experience great sex? Who decides? Is it People Magazine? Is it Paris Hilton? Is it Dr. Phil? Or is it possible that the one who invented sex would have something to say about sex? . And he did Would I be interested? Would I listen? Would I go? … Series begins Aug. 12. Were bringing sexy back?The other video is a quick litany of statements by some of the same people. Among the comments or questions are: What is sexy?, I wished I felt sexy? Im bored, and I feel guilty.Winters, who launched the church 12 years ago in an apartment clubhouse, states, Were not afraid to talk about it. In fact, we believe sex is all too often ignored or just plain not handled well in the church. . We will work through the important topics to find out what is really means to be sexy.He asserts that God is pro-sex and has much to say about it. Our culture has attempted to redefine it and, in doing so, has made it something that is disappointing and leaves us empty, he said. .It is clear we are struggling in this area. Marriages are consistently ripped apart by marital unfaithfulness and effects of pornography. We believe that there is something better, and we, as a church, are trying to help people get to that.Winters will get occasional support in the sermons from Shaunti Feldhahn, author of For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men, and she co-authored: For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to t he Inner Lives of Women. Also speaking will be Michael Leahy, who will tell how pornography torpedoed his marriage. Topics for the six weeks are: Aug. 12: Greatest sex ever; Aug. 19: What you dont know WILL hurt you; Aug. 26: What every woman ought to know; Sept. 2, What happens in Vegas wont stay in Vegas; Sept. 9, Just this once; and Sept. 9, Porn: Whats the big deal? Sunday services are 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is at 1595 S. Alma School Road, Chandler.Congratulations to a church willing to forthrightly take on human sexuality from the pulpit. Certainly in that church that draws more than 4,000 on Sunday, it may be easier to hear things about intimacy. There may not be as much squirming as one might have in a small setting. The effort certainly answers repeated calls for The Church to step up and teach about healthy sex instead of ignoring it or applying blistering guilt.

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  • Andrea says:

    I am so glad that Pastor Linn is willing to talk about something that is a HUGE part of our lives…especially these days! Way to go and I am very excited about hearing all the sermons.

  • Lisa Kempson says:

    Thanks God, for Cornerstone! Finally a church with the courage to teach the hard lessons, to risk it all, knowing that God is bigger than any topic. Cornerstone opened my eyes to a God who is full of love and grace, deserving of my attention. I will never be the same again, and that’s a good thing!

  • Lindsay says:

    Everyone has said it before, but way to go Cornerstone! Stand proud on the words that God has placed on your heart!!

  • Sharla Winjum says:

    This is so perfectly timed. Our society is all mixed up and getting worse. I look forward to attending this series. I want to hear what God has in store for me.

  • Angela Sinness says:

    Thank the lord for Cornerstone!!
    i’ve been a member for almost 3 years now and Pator Lynn’s strength,boldness,and no fear approach to things the public needs to hear are just part of the many reasons i call cornerstone home!!
    anyone who has a negative attitude towards this is possibly in denial of needing to hear a church talk about it.
    a big thumbs up to Pastor Lynn and all the members of my church family!!

  • LJR says:

    I look forward to another reality series and will atttend these as I do every Sunday with an open mind and heart. Pastor Linn and Cornerstone are not afraid to take on tabu topics and I applaud everyone for this.
    As a gay woman I have always lived the “don’t ask, don’t tell” life style of hiding. My partner and I do not feel this way when we attend services because pastore Linn and Cornerstone are so welcoming to all. The pastor, the people, the words spoken make this the best church I have ever been too.
    thank you.
    R&D

  • Diane says:

    I am very curious about this topic, and am really looking forward to this info helping my life grow. Thank you for taking th opportunity and for taking a chance like this to get me in the doors of a church.

  • Jamie says:

    To LG: If you hear the Gospel and only that every day for the rest of your life, That is all you need. You are missing nothing! :)

  • Dale says:

    Jamie, it is entirely possible that you dont struggle in this area, but speaking as one of the group that does, I need someone to speak truth in this area. If all we need is Christ, why did God leave us the Bible? If all we need to hear is the Gospel, why is the Bible more than that? In it, God had a lot to say about how we should live to experience the best possible lives. I want that for my life and for my childrens lives. I thank God that the Church is finally willing to discuss the hard topics.

  • Lisa says:

    I too attend Cornerstone and am so proud to be a part of a church not afraid to address such a powerfull subject. My husband and I have been attending for the last three years and we are always amazed at the subjects that we as a church body are willing to discuss what God has to say. So many people don’t understand why we woud want to tackle such a private matter in church but when it comes down to it, we believe that God is the original designer of everything we see and everything we are. If you needed to learn how to use something effectively and to the fullest potential why wouldn’t you go to the original inventor to hear it from the source.
    Thank you Cornerstone for stepping out on faith and helping the people of East Valley and hopefully beyond to hear how God can bless our relationships with our spouses through following his words.

  • Nikki says:

    I am so grateful to be able to call Conerstone home and I can think of no better leadership to tackle this subject than ours!!! Lord, I know you will be with us every step of the way!

  • Truth says:

    In reading all the comments above, it appears that most are written by Cornerstone members. I wonder how many of those members know that the senior pastor buys all of his sermons series. Check out all of the sermon series for the last few years at Cornerstone. Then go to Ed Young’s site (among others) where they sell their old sermon series. You may even notice the props and graphics are the same. Not to say Linn doesn’t deliver the message well, but there is nothing original behind what he preaches.

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