John Mark Comer
writes to singles, couples and the newly married
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4, 2014 - In the beginning God created man and woman, and ever since we have been asking questions about love, marriage, sex and romance.
Sex. And the Never-Ending Story of Male and Female" by John Mark Comer
, releasing today from Zondervan (ISBN 9780310337263, $19.99), is an exploration of what the Scriptures say about sexuality and relationships.
Comer, 33, is lead pastor of Bridgetown: A Jesus Church in Portland, Ore., which is unique in that approximately half of its congregation is made up of educated, unmarried college students and 20-something's.
Known for being a more "provocative" pastor, Comer, having experienced challenges in his own dating life and marriage, is passionate about working to answer the young generations' questions.
With honesty, wit and compassion, Comer approaches topics the Church has historically been hesitant on which to speak.
"Love, marriage, sex - this is the thing that most young people are thinking about 24/7.
It's all consuming for a lot of singles," said Comer
"But marriage is the one strand that runs through the tapestry of the 7-plus billion people on earth.
As a follower of Jesus, I believe that's because marriage is a part of creation, not culture.
Weather you buy that or not, you have to admit we're hard-wired for marriage."
The inspiration for the book came out of a "Loveology" conference held two years ago at Bridgetown
during which 2,000 college-aged adults showed for a two-night, in-depth teaching series on the theology of love, marriage, sex, romance and singleness.
Each night ended with two hours of live, uncensored, anything-goes questions and answers, led by Comer
and a colleague.
To this day, young adults continue to approach the church with questions about their relationships, prompting Comer
to host a second "Loveology" event Feb. 8th in Portland, Ore.