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Bare Facts

Posted September 19, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

Josh McDowell believes that no question is off limits and that “knowledge, not ignorance, is the key to youthful purity and a fulfilling marriage and family.”

Sex, relationships, pornography and other tough questions will be discussed at the upcoming “Bare Facts” lecture, brought to the Knapp Center by the Downtown Church.

Whether we’re comfortable admitting it or not, one topic is undoubtedly riddled with questions as kids, teens and even as adults: sex. Josh and Sean McDowell believe that, just because a question is uncomfortable, doesn’t devalue its importance. Rather, it’s quite the contrary.

If you’ve been looking for an outlet to express yourself and get tough questions answered, “Bare Facts” will be holding a four-day seminar through The Downtown Church. This is a great opportunity to talk openly about sex and relationships with Josh and Sean McDowell. The event will be held beginning Sept. 21 and going through the weekend until Sept. 24. Everyone is welcome to attend. Doors open at the Knapp Center at Drake University at 6 p.m.

Sean McDowell will be giving his presentation entitled, “50 Shades of Love: What’s the Big Deal with Pornography?” focusing on porn’s impact on today’s society and the human relationship with God. McDowell will then be speaking about “Bare Facts: The Truth about Love, Sex and Relationships,” which he will give from his perspective as a father and a man of faith.

Following the conference, Phil Wickham and The Royal Royal will play a concert free for everyone to enjoy. Learn more about The Downtown Church at, and find out more about the McDowells at

Un-Winding on Wednesdays are all about the calming powers of tea and continues through Oct. 17 at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the church will be serving English tea in the Garden, which will include English black tea and herbal tea. Delectible edibles will also be served, and the event is open to anyone who is interested. The tea hour will be followed by a new service of Evening Prayer and Music, which will also be held in the garden, weather permitting from 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. On Oct. 18, Pat Peterson will present “Meditative Japanese Tea Ceremony,” which will offer a different cultural perspective from the English teas being served on Un-Winding Wednesdays. For more information regarding these events or other activities offered by the church, visit their website at, or visit the High Street Chapel, Labyrinth and Gardens open to the public at 815 High St.

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