Disordered Desires (SI16)

About the 2016 Summer Institute

The 2016 Institute was entitled Disordered Desires: Bringing Grace to Modern Sexuality. It featured keynote talks from Sam Allberry, Iain Duguid, Milton Vincent and Jim Newheiser. Visit our Stay Connected Page to keep current on our coming events and free content.

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Session Videos

At the Institute we filmed all of the sessions. The general session videos will be made available for free on the individual session pages below. The videos for the all the workshops and the women’s pre-conference are available for purchase. After purchasing, the videos will appear below the mp3 player on all the individual session pages below. We are currently taking pre-orders on these videos and will update you when they are made available.

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Sexual Identity and the Bible

We live in a world that is confused and confusing on the issue of sexual identity. The truth is we really don't know our true identity until we know Christ. This session discusses the need for, the components and the goodness of a biblical understanding of sexual identity

Waiting: The Song of Songs on Singleness

The challenges that singles face today are not radically different from those that faced young people in the ancient world. This session discusses the counsel to the daughters of Jerusalem in the Song of Songs and how that applies today to singles who desire to wait well.

Friendship on Fire: The Song of Songs on Marriage

What is love and what does love have to do with marriage? Just as no one has the power to bless and encourage you like your spouse, no one else can provoke and hurt you deeply like they can. This session explores the concepts of love and marriage as described in Song of Songs.

Truths Same-Sex Attracted Christians Need to Hear

Our culture offers a particular narrative about homosexuality, describing a move from repression to a place of flourishing by embracing a homosexual identity. This session will give a counter narrative based on 5 truths that same-sex attracted Christians need to hear.

Confessing our Way to Joy

The truest measure of a Christian and a Christian's character is not determined by whether or not they fall but by what they do after they fall. This session explains how real confession, both to God and others, is the pathway back to joy for believers who have fallen into sin.

How Grace Empowers Us to Overcome Sexual Idolatry

Disordered sexual desires are ultimately a problem of worship. We seek ultimate satisfaction from earthly things, which become our idols. This session shows how the gospel forgives our idolatries and adulteries and transforms us into worshipers whose greatest delight is in God. Audio note: Due to some technical difficulties the first 20 minutes of this audio recording is poor quality. We are looking into ways make this content available with a better quality recording. 

The Proverbs on Sex

Sexuality is a gift from our Creator. But the abuse and misuse of the gift is devastating. This session will examine the way Proverbs approaches the topic of sex: extolling its goodness within the proper boundaries and severely warning against its destructive misuse.

Talking to Teenagers About Sex

It is uncomfortable but it needs to be said, the Bible talks a lot about sex, and so should the church. This session gives some helpful guidelines for how to talk with teenagers about sex and sexuality in the context of the church. 

Homosexuality: Caring for Family and Friends

Family and friends of a homosexual loved-one need biblical answers for how to think about and respond to this trial. This session showcases the centrality of the gospel and the sufficiency of Scripture to provide compassionate and uncompromising counsel. 

Women & the Word

Christian women know they should read their Bibles, but desire is often weak and the knowledge of how to begin is lacking. This workshop will encourage you to delve into the Scriptures through Bible reading, memorization, and suggested study methods.

Keys to Evangelism in a Sexualized Culture

How can we do evangelism in the context of counseling those who have suffered sexually? Counselors are needed to engage in these situations but they present dangerous pitfalls. This session discusses how true godliness is the key to avoiding the trap of sexualized relationships.

Legal Challenges and Changes: What You Need to Know

The U.S. Supreme Court's attempt to redefine the institute of marriage has intensified the cultural chaos. This workshop will help pastors and biblical counselors understand the rapidly changing legal landscape so they can effectively minister God's truth to a broken world.

Male Leadership in a Genderless World

A real Adam, a real Eve and a real garden give the paradigm for godly male leadership. This workshop goes back to the beginning to point you to a Christ-like manhood, teach leadership without oppression and discuss implications for counseling.

Lies That Fuel Disordered Sexual Desires

Behind sexual sins and temptations are often subtle but distorted views of ourselves, the nature of sex, and the character of God. This workshop examines some of these lies and shows how the gospel breaks through them to reveal that the truth is better than we may think.

Gender Blending and Confusion

There are many religious and social elements behind the current culture’s confusion about gender. This workshop gives a biblical view of gender and lays out the way out of this morass for individuals, families, churches and the culture. Implications for counseling are emphasized.

Helping Women with Child Sexual Abuse in Their Past: part 2

Counseling sexually abused women can seem too daunting an endeavor for everyone involved. Part 2 of this workshop offers specific resources for counseling women plagued or hindered by past sexual abuse. This session will give you some effective tools for your counseling toolbox.

A Battle Plan for Fighting Pornography

Many believers are losing the battle to pornography because they aren’t fighting with a biblical plan.  This workshop outlines a clear strategy for battling pornography with the sufficient resources found in the Person of Christ and the Word of God.

Helping Women Who Struggle with Pornography

Pornography is not just a problem for men. This workshop majors on how to biblically counsel a woman caught up in pornography. It discusses four phases that women must work through and concludes with a review of popular resources.