Sex & the Soul | Jan. 23-37

This week marks our 3rd annual Sex & the Soul week — a week focused on exploring the intersection between sex, sexuality and faith!

We’ve got a great line-up scheduled for this week! Our featured speakers are listed below, but if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find a number of evening events being hosted by Belmont’s Faith Development Organizations (FDOs) that will also be offered for convocation credit.

If you have any questions — please stop by the Office of University Ministries.

All events will take place in Neely Dining Hall

Monday 10 a.m.:  Dr. John Van Epp – “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk…or Jerkette. Part I”

Monday 3 p.m.:  Dr. John Van Epp – “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk…or Jerkette. Part II”

Tuesday 3:30 p.m.:  Dr. John Van Epp – “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk…or Jerkette. Part III”

Wednesday 10 a.m.: Joy Eggerichs – “My Beef with God:  Questions on LIfe & Love”

Wednesday  3 p.m.: Joy Eggerichs – “Ask Joy:  Relationship Q&A with the ‘Very Single’ Joy Eggerichs”

Thursday 3:30 p.m.:  Michael Johnson – “The Elephant in the G String”

Friday 10 a.m.:  Michael Johnson – “What Drives Your Sex Drive?”

 

Dr. John Van Epp

Dr Van Epp has conducted numerous seminars and workshops over the past twenty years on topics related to marriage, family, recovery, singlehood, emotional make-up, relationships, and divorce. His popular curriculum, PICK (Premarital Interpersonal Choices & Knowledge) a Partner, also presented by Dr Van Epp in his video,How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk, is being taught in ten countries and over 45 states by hundreds of churches, single organizations, educational settings and agencies.

Dr Van Epp has worked with many couples in their premarital relationship. His years of clinical counseling experiences and extensive research in premarital, marital and family relations have been enriched by his previous experience as a minister and former position as an adjunct professor teaching advanced graduate coursework in marriage and family studies. He has an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, and a second MA in Church History from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. He has been happily married for thirty years, and is the proud father of two daughters.

Dr. Van Epp and his innovative Relationship Attachment Model, book and relationship courses were awarded the Smart Marriage Impact Award (2008) and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Psychology Today, O Magazine, and Cosmopolitan; and he has appeared on the CBS Early Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, and Focus on the Family.

Dr. John Van Epp

 

Joy Eggerichs:

Joy Eggerichs serves as the Director of Love and Respect Now.  She began her journey in ministry working as the Love and REspect Conference Coordinator for her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs.  Over time, she noticed a trend :  people would come out of the conference sessions saying, “Why didn’t anyone teach us this before we got married?  If only I knew then, what I know now.”

Fueled by a passion to provide this information to her generation, Joy launched a project she appropriately titled “Love and Respect NOW.”  She has researched 18-35 year olds and desires to serve the next generation of people getting married…or not getting married.

In serving her generation, Joy’s desire is to get beyond the surface tot he heart of the matter.  On her site www.loveandrespectNOW.com, people write in their relationship questions.  Here, Joy responds with her opinions, research results, or posing additional thought provoking questions.  SHe tackles tough topics in her blogs and communicates with transparency and humor, creating a bond and winning the right to be heard with her generation.

Joy graduated with a degree in Communications Studies from Westmont College in 2004.  She has since taken Master’s level coursework at both Regent College and WEstern SEminary.  SHe resides in Portland, Oregon surrounded by a large demographic of young people she can access for her projects.

Joy Eggerichs

 

Michael Johnson

Since 2003, Michael Johnson and his wife, Julie, have pursued a unique passion to prepare smart singles for success in their future marriage – way in advance of engagement and, preferably, ahead of a serious dating relationship.

What started out in their living room as a series of small group studies, has grown into Future Marriage University, an organization that empowers college and career age singles across the United States to prepare for marriage like a successful career:  intentionally, intelligently, and IN ADVANCE!

Michael and Julie have been members of Strong Tower Bible Church since 2002 and reside outside of Nashville, TN with their five children.

Michael Johnson

 Daily Discussion Schedule

Monday

10am, Neely Hall

How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk or Jerkette: Following Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” Part One

 John Van Epp, a University of Akron Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with years of experience as a marriage and family counselor, he is author of the popular curriculum

“Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge.”

3pm, Neely Hall

How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk or Jerkette: Following Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” Part Two

John Van Epp, a University of Akron Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with years of experience as a marriage and family counselor, he is author of the popular curriculum

“Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge.”

7:30pm, University Ministries

“The Theology of the Body”

Sponsored by the Belmont Catholic Community

Join us for a introductory discussion of the Theology of the Body teachings of John Paul II. The Theology of the Body is a catechesis centered on the human person and discusses the bodily dimension of human personhood, sexuality, and marriage and celibacy in the light of biblical revelation.

 

Tuesday

3:30pm, Neely Hall

How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk or Jerkette: Following Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” Part Three

John Van Epp, a University of Akron Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with years of experience as a marriage and family counselor, he is author of the popular curriculum

“Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge.”

6:30pm, University Ministries

“Debunking the Perfect Man and the Perfect Woman”

Sponsored by Belmont Wesley Fellowship

“The Gospel is—we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared to believe, and at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope”. ~Timothy Keller

Have you ever thought if you lost 10lbs he would start to love you?  If only you bulked up and got those washboard abs she would take an interest.  Culture wants us to believe the lies that we need to look “perfect,” like lingerie models and professional athletes, to be loved.  Yet the gospel tells a different story.  This isn’t another discussion about “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”   Join us as Nancy Hawthorne of West End United Methodist Church and Vanderbilt Wesley Fellowship leads an honest message and discussion about how we can empower ourselves and others to see God’s acceptance of human sexuality.

7:30pm, Vince Gill Room

“Relationships and Idols”

Sponsored by RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)

Come for a time of worship, followed by a message from RUF campus minister Kevin Twit on “Relationships and Idols” with discussion afterwards. 

Wednesday

10am, Neely Hall

“My Beef with God: Questions on Life & Love”

Joy Eggerichs works with college students as part of the relationship ministry “Love & Respect”.

3pm, Neely Hall

“Ask Joy: Relationship Q&A with the ‘Very Single’”

Joy Eggerichs works with college students as part of the relationship ministry “Love & Respect”.

8 pm, University Ministries

“Friends Don’t Let Friends Date Dumb:  Top 10 Dumbest Reasons to Date”

Sponsored by CRU (Campus Crusade)

Michael Johnson is founder of “Future Marriage University,” which helps college students learn to prepare for lifelong, loving commitment to a spouse.

Did you know that when you date you’re looking for an answer? You’re looking for something or someone to do something for you; to fulfill something in you. Do you know what it is? In this talk we cover ten typical reasons many people date; wrong-headed motivations that can’t possibly get you the right answer. By avoiding them you’ll save yourself disappointment, pain and frustration. And you just might find the answer you’re looking for.

Thursday

3:30pm, Neely Hall

“The Elephant in the G String”

Michael Johnson is founder of “Future Marriage University,” which helps college students learn to prepare for lifelong, loving commitment to a spouse.

7:30pm,???

“Sexual Freedom in an Industry in Slavery”

            Sponsored by Christian Artist Fellowship

Paul encouraged his young student to “flee youthful lust” and warned, “Don’t be deceived bad company corrupts good morals.”  Yet, the world which Timothy was sent to minister “in season and out” was the morally declining Roman Empire.  Many young Christian artists today arrive in Nashville prepared to change the world only to be confronted by a city that, among other issues, has ranked second in the nation, only to Las Vegas in “adult entertainment” establishments and has ranked second in the nation as well in syphillis cases.  Gary Alms, Campus Director of Christian Artists Fellowship, will share how he has seen artists set free of personal sexual habits and become rescuers of others in his 18 years of ministry to creatives in Nashville.

Friday

10am, Neely Hall

“What Drives Your Sex Drive?”

Michael Johnson is founder of “Future Marriage University,” which helps college students learn to prepare for lifelong, loving commitment to a spouse.

4pm, University Ministries

“Open and Affirming Congregations”

Sponsored by Belmont Bridge Builders

Open and Affirming Congregations: Welcoming LGBTQIA folks in local churches

Come here the Rev.  Dr. Amy Mears and the Rev. April Baker of Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville talk about what it means to be an open and affirming congregation, and how that church’s faith inspires them to be who they are.

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