How Our Culture Undervalues Sex

In this sermon excerpt, J. D. Greear addresses the ironic undervaluing of sex in our seemingly oversexed culture. Read part of the excerpt below:

But something within us just can’t seem to accept the idea that sex is just physical. After all, if sex is just physical, why is it that rape is reported so much less than other physical abuse? If sex is just physical, why is it that adultery is so devastating to a relationship—moreso than other types of betrayal? If sex is just physical, why is that when someone sits in my office and says, “Pastor, I’ve never told anyone this before,” that 99% of the time, it’s something sexual? Our experience screams that sex can’t just be physical. Something bigger is going on.

Read the full post here, and listen to the entire sermon here. 

J. D. Greear on Radical Generosity

On Thursday afternoons at Between the Times, we highlight the writing of J. D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. This week he writes about the key to radical generosity. 

Here’s an excerpt:

God is not now, nor has he ever looked, for “helpers” to assist him in saving the world. That doesn’t mean he isn’t calling us to give ourselves generously to that mission or be sacrificially generous with our neighbors; it’s just that he’s not looking for people to supply his needs. He’s not short on money, talent, or time. He has never commanded us to go save the world for him; he calls us to follow him as he saves the world through us.

Read the full post here.