Pastor Ed Young’s Sexperiment

To promote his new book called Sexperiment, MegaChurch pastor Ed Young is having his very own “bed-in,” you can watch the promotional video below. By “bed-in” he means that he and his wife are putting a bed on the roof of their ginormous church, (ala-Yoko and John), and then they are going to stay in bed for 24 hours and broadcast it live on the internet. No word yet on if they are actually going to fool around. Pastor Young says, “It’s time to bring the bed back in church.” I wasn’t aware that it was ever in church originally, but who knows?

I’m trying to figure out what to make of this. Why would he do this? Is it an outlandish publicity stunt meant to sell books? Is it a sincere thing? Confusing, because there are lots of laughs and giggles, especially from his wife, in the promotional videos – of where there are scores.

I can’t figure out how evangelicals and fundamentalists – who used to repress sexuality – all of the sudden can’t stop talking about sex. Mark Driscoll just wrote a book with his wife, revealing secrets of their bedroom. Ed Young challenged the married people of his congregation to have sex everyday for a week, to see if it would help with intimacy and temptations to pornography, etc. Do we need this much sex advice from our pastors?

A couple of interesting articles have been written on the Ed Young Sexperiment.
-  Christianity Today: an article by Matthew Lee Anderson (please God, don’t let this be the son of Pamela Lee Anderson… the irony would be too much.
-  Huffington Post: Christian Piatt makes some interesting points as well .

What do we make of this? I can tell you that I would never feel comfortable, as a pastor, recommending this as a blanket “challenge” to my congregation. We did talk about sexuality for three consexutive, sorry, consecutive weeks last year. If you want to give that conversation a listen you can find it here:

Sex & Sexuality Part I
Sex & Sexuality Part II
Sex & Sexuality Part III

Bed-in Blog from Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

About Tim Suttle

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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • http://www.christianpiatt.com Christian Piatt

    If I felt like it was an honest attempt at cultivating healthy sexuality, that would be worthwhile. But the PR campaign gives it the feel of sensationalist pandering.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    It really does. I have a bee in my bonnet about the MegaChurch anyway, so I should probably keep my mouth shut. I'm just not convinced a pastor's role is to be a sex-therapist… there I didn't keep my mouth shut.

    I liked your article!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17041661673196717465 Christian Piatt

    Ha! Welcome to the loose-lip club.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03698978231695842070 Den

    The "bed-in" that John and Yoko did was for peace – what's this for?

    Also, regarding the ED-drug commercial aspect, there are a couple of things that could be done. For the Viagra commercial, there should be a bluesy-rootsy band of over-the-hill guys (including the pastor) wailing "Viva, Viagra!" while standing on the church's roof. If he wanted to get with Cialis, on the other hand, he and his wife could have matching bathtubs (cast iron clawfoot models) hauled up there and set side by side, facing the sunset.

    This whole thing comes across as more bizarre than beneficial.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16479712737448056001 thejovan

    I'm not annoyed by this, as much as I am empathetic. I think we're seeing more and more Church leaders try to escape their (our) tight-lipped, tight-butted, Baptist ancestry, even as they blindly grope for any new vision that makes sense. These desperate attempts are almost guaranteed to fail, though; those who are driven by a will to escape the past are only bound to recreate it, or swing wildly and uselessly to opposite extremes. In this case, the latter: someone's settled for peddlng more of that copycat relevence-chasing we see all too often, the saccharine alternative to a true sense of identity and a meaningful place in the larger story.

    We've all settled for something less than truth in the past (sometimes far less). I can only assume this guy is sincere, and simply out of his depth.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    Sincere, yes. Out of his depth, yes! Relevance-chasing, yes.

    you said tight-butted… hehe

    this is a cussing theology blog, you can say tight-assed :-)


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