- Anyone needing help navigating difficult conversations about sexuality
- The pastor’s library
- Small groups looking for a provocative and helpful read
In these pages you’ll:
- Encounter a holistic approach to understanding human sexuality
- Be challenged to accept traditional teaching while practicing sensitive ministry of compassion
- Understand how God’s design and grace brings healing to our experiences such as addiction and abuse
About the Book
Look around your church on a Sunday morning and every face you see will likely have struggled or be struggling with some kind of sexual brokenness. While recent cultural upheaval has focused the sexuality conversation squarely on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, sexual brokenness presents in many other ways—infidelity, sexual abuse, incest, emotional adultery, and sexual addiction, just to name a few.
Shame keeps these struggles locked away, resulting in a lonely, dark battle without the love and support necessary to overcome it. It’s counter-intuitive, as most things in God’s Kingdom are, but true healing for our deepest issues comes not when we withdraw into darkness, but when our sorrows and scars come out into the light.
Into The Light: Healing Sexuality in Today’s Church is written to begin a biblically grounded and theologically informed discussion of this beautiful gift of sexuality. Whether the context is a Sunday school class, Bible study, women’s group, or men’s breakfast, don’t be surprised if deep brokenness begins to surface—that’s the whole idea. Embrace one another with open arms, just as the Father would. The journey to healing begins when we feel safe to take the first step.
Preview the first week of content here.
Sample Video Session
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About the Author
Dr. Mark Ongley has more than twenty-five years of pastoral ministry experience. He currently serves part-time as pastor of Ashes to Life in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania—a United Methodist congregation reaching out to people in recovery. He has helped many people find healing and greater wholeness in the area of sexuality. Since 2006, he has been part of a team of counselors for the Come Away with Me retreats sponsored by HCM International. Through Restored Image Ministries he offers counseling, seminars, and a monthly blog, which can be found at restoredimage.org. His wife, Lauri, and their two daughters bring him joy and remind him not to take himself too seriously.
- Length: 13 chapters
- Page count: 266
- DVD accompaniment: Optional – 13, 9-15 minute sessions
Leader’s Guide (included free with purchase of DVD)
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“In a culture and a church that seems to be lost when it comes to God’s best for the human sexual experience, Into the Light is a ray of hope.” – Jeff Greenway, Lead Pastor, Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church; Former President, Asbury Theological Seminary
“This book bears the stamp of Mark Ongley’s blessed gift of balancing genuine compassion for the sexually broken, a biblical conviction about the susceptibility of our sexuality to profound sinfulness, and the courage to address this delicate topic with candor and clarity that can lead to genuine healing and hope.” – Eric Leonard, Park United Methodist Church, North East, Pennsylvania
“In this masterfully written work, Mark Ongley candidly discusses the pertinent and sometimes controversial issues of sexuality from a biblical perspective that is relevant and highly informative. Mark’s treatment of perhaps the most precious gift given to humanity is balanced, thorough, truthful, loving, and healing. Into The Light is a must-read for Christians and non-Christians alike.” – Benjamin Franklin Jr., Senior Pastor, Inner Healing Ministries Church; Adjunct Professor, Ashland Theological Seminary Ashland; Faculty Member, The McCreary Institute for African American Religious Studies Cleveland, Ohio
“Into the Light cuts through the confusion of contemporary culture in order to offer the church a distinctly Jesus way to think about the difficulties surrounding conversations of sexuality and sexual behaviors and, more importantly, to minister to those wrestling with those issues. This book is a gift to all who take seriously ministry to the hurting in our broken world.” – Keith H. Mcilwain, Pastor of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania