Mars Hill teaching pastor Mark Driscoll threw open the book of Song of Songs in a recent sermon series on sex within the context of marriage. "We got a whole book of the Bible talking about this issue, and even sometimes good faithful Bible teachers won’t touch this book and I’ve asked them why. And they’re like ‘because it’s got some parts in there that are pretty dicey,’" Driscoll said early on in his "The Peasant Princess" sermon series, which launched in September. Driscoll called the series "exceedingly important" to preach on, especially at a time when traditional marriage is being challenged in courts, Americans are daily inundated with sexual images, and more money is being spent on pornography than foreign aid. More and more pastors have decided to deal more frankly and openly with the issue, some even advertising their teaching series to the public and others challenging the married couples in their congregations to be intimate every day for a week or a month. But Mars Hill’s Driscoll is hitting more touchy topics through the study the Song of Songs, giving "MH-17" warnings for some of his sermons. "Our study of the Song of Songs is meant neither to kill our desires nor permit them to flow into deadly sin. Rather, this series is an attempt to cultivate our desires and channel them toward our spouse according to the wisdom God gives us in his Word," he explained. In addition to preaching, Driscoll and his wife, Grace, are taking questions from congregants via text and e-mail immediately after each sermon—a daring session of unscripted answers that began at Mars Hill in January. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Driscoll has answered some of the more explicit questions on his blog. —Christian Post 11/13/08
There have been a few times when I have given a warning, either the week before, or at the beginning of the worship service that my sermon was going to be”R” rated. The problem is what to do with kids who are too old for children’s church. During second service we don’t have alternate programming for kids over 5th grade. I hate for sensitive families not to come to church or feel like they have to leave because they don’t want their kids exposed to something a little more “delicate”. I recognize that my tastes may be a little more liberal than some about what is OK for kids to be exposed to, but still preach the Word in its completeness.
Suggestions on how you have handled this?