Christian author, pastor to speak about dangers of pornography

of the GatewayMarch 19, 2014 

Author and speaker Josh McDowell will visit Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday to talk about the dangers of pornography.

His topic will be “Protecting Our Families from Pornography.” He will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 7700 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor.

The event is free. No registration is required.

The night will be split up into stages. After McDowell’s main presentation, adults and teens will be formed into breakout sessions. Adults will continue with McDowell, while teenagers will move to the Youth Arena for a session hosted by Young Life, Chapel Hill, Harbor Christian Center and community therapists.

McDowell also will speak during the church’s morning service, and he will have resources available.

Sharon Price of Chapel Hill said McDowell’s talk is a timely and important topic in today’s faith conversation.

“We live in a culture that increasingly believes that pornography is acceptable and harmless,” Price said. “(McDowell) will cite some revealing research and give specific action steps to deal with this increasing threat to our families.”

Many of those resources are available at, a website McDowell’s ministry group has launched. The site, part of the Bare Facts series on Christianity’s role in sex and relationships, says online pornography and “pervasive immorality” on the Internet is the greatest threat to the Christian faith.

McDowell is a well-known Christian apologist who has been speaking to groups since 1961. His biography estimates he has given more than 27,000 talks to more than 25 million people. He’s also authored or co-authored 140 books. His best-known work is “More Than A Carpenter.”

McDowell attended Kellogg University and Wheaton College. He graduated magna cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary. For more information, videos or links to his other missionary efforts, visit

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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