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Sex, Dating and Relationships: What's a Christian To Do?

Submitted by Angela Sorensen on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:14am

November 11, 2017

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

at Vineyard Church of Ithaca

Join us to talk about some taboo issues the church often avoids. We’ll start with a keynote talk by Santosh Ninan, the associate pastor at Bethel Grove Bible Church, who will be speaking on: The Inevitability of #metoo in a Morally Unanchored Culture. This will be followed by breakout sessions covering such topics as: A Christian View of Sexuality, Dating, Singleness, and Porn Addiction. We will conclude with questions and answers, and a time of worship and prayer. Pizza provided. This event is put on by multiple churches and fellowships, and all are welcome! For more information contact Elise Steele at: [email protected].


The Inevitability of #metoo in a Morally Unanchored Culture
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Santosh Ninan is the associate Pastor at Bethel Grove Bible Church. He has spoken to groups throughout North America and speaks frequently at Cornell. He is married to Felicia and they have 3 school age children.

Breakout Sessions:

Faux Intimacy: Using Jesus' Beauty to Overcome Pornography

Perhaps the most cited struggle with sexuality is pornography. No longer needing to sneak a look off a magazine rack, technology makes pornography a 24/7 temptation. What is the root of this issue? How does it affect relational intimacy? What role does the gospel play? We'll talk through these things together in this breakout session.

BIO: Rev. Daniel Wells is the Pastor of Church of the Redeemer (PCA) in Cortland, NY. Prior to moving to central New York, Daniel was a church planter in Rock Hill, SC. Daniel is also completing a Master's degree in Christian Counseling. While Daniel wishes he had substantive hobbies, he stays pretty busy with his wife, Ashlee, and two boys, Ralphie and Simon. But he loves binge-watching Netflix shows and cheering for the Yankees, Giants, and Orange.

Dating Differently
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Bio: J.W. Betts is the Missional Team Leader for Cru at Cornell.   Along with his wife Stephanie, J.W. works passionately to help others know Christ and understand the ways the gospel transforms everything!   On campus, he spends most of his time mentoring and developing Christian student leaders.  J.W. and his wife have 5 kids and have been in Ithaca for almost 7 years.   J.W. was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has a strong affection for the "wild west.” His love language is bonfires. His deep love for Jesus' Great commission combined with his bi-cultural heritage (hispanic/anglo) make J.W. a passionate ambassador for multi-ethnic, cross-cultural ministry.  His favorite books include Desiring God by John Piper, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung.    

O Ye of Single Faith
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Bio: Stephan Teng is the InterVarsity staff worker at Cornell. Initially headed for a career in investigating human trafficking cases, he studied and graduated from NYU with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and a Master's in Psychology (forensic) but soon heard God calling him to campus ministry instead. He now works with the Asian American chapter at Cornell and longs to see Jesus transform students, renew the campus and develop world changers. His favorite movie is Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. Strategies for Staying Sexually Pure in a Sex-Saturated Culture Jesus calls his followers to a life of radical purity-not just in terms of actions, but even thoughts. Yet how is this possible in a society where we are bombarded by sexual images at every turn and where sexual promiscuity is encouraged? How can we date a member of the opposite sex and not fall into sexual sin? In this breakout session, we examine strategies to help avoid sexual sin, to maintain pure thoughts and to break the cycle of porn addiction. If you have ever asked yourself, “How can I ever remain sexually pure?”, this is the session for you.

Bio: Ward Davis is the pastor of the Vineyard Church of Ithaca. He is married to Betty and they have three wonderful kids, a dog, and a cat. Ward has an MDiv. from Gordon- Conwell Seminary, and feels one of his chief goals is to equip God’s people for works of service. He has served as a pastor in two other college towns and as a researcher in the area of non-profit management.

Christians and male-female friendship... how far is too far?
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Nic and Christy have been married for fourteen years and have four kids.  They met while they were students at the University of New Hampshire. They have been on staff with the ministry of Cru for 10 years and love giving their lives to the Gospel going forward on college campuses and seeing students grow in their love for Christ.  Before they were married, Nic and Christy were best friends, and by God's grace their friendship has deepened during their years of marriage.

Marriage- A Three Fold Cord
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Siri and Fred Whitmore…. (Need Bios)

Dating God’s way: A Catalyst for Sanctification
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Robin Ying is a full-time PhD student in ECE at Cornell who works with Cornell Asian American Intervarsity as a volunteer staff as well as serves on the Elderboard at Vineyard as the College Liaison. His ministry focus is primarily on spiritually/emotionally healthy leadership, training for witness, and discipleship in the context of college student life. He has been happily married for just over 2 months but has observed (and maybe been too participatory in) hundreds of relationships over his last 7 years at Cornell.