Sermon titles on Georgia Baptist signboard are too explicit for some

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Some parents are protesting suggestive sermon titles on the signboard at a local church.

''Tough Love in Dealing with Raunchy Sex'' was Sunday's topic at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. Another recent title: ''Mixing Jesus with Sex in the City,'' referring to the HBO television series.

The Rev. Bryant Wright, who is preaching a ''tough contemporary issues'' series at his 6,000-member church, said ''I hope every title creates interest in the community.''

Church receptionists said they've received about 30 phone complaints, mostly from nonmembers.

Stacy Walker, a Roman Catholic mother of three, said ''they're using sex to sell God'' and that her 8-year-old daughter sent an e-mail complaining, ''I do not like it. Jesus maybe is confused, too.''

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