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Darryl Strawberry to Discuss Sex, Drugs at Clarendon Church

by ARLnow.com September 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm 6,938 44 Comments

Eight-time Major League Baseball all-star Darryl Strawberry will be coming to Clarendon next week to talk sex, drugs, rock-n-roll and God.

Strawberry — who struggled with drugs, prostitution and other vices before he found God in 2006 — will host a sermon at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Church at Clarendon (1201 N. Highland Street).

The church issued the following press release about the event.

On Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11am, the Church at Clarendon, located at 1201 N. Highland Street in Arlington, welcomes 8-time All Star and 4-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry to address the question, “What does God have against sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll?”

Strawberry’s sermon is the third in a five week series the Church has titled “Blunt Questions” in which the Church challenges believers and non-believers to honestly wrestle with tough questions of faith. All are welcome to participate in the discussion.

An athlete perhaps known as much for his controversial behavior as for his legendary baseball, Strawberry will speak from a unique and personal perspective. “I was once very lost and tormented but now I am found and free in Christ Jesus. I want everyone to experience the saving and transforming power of Jesus Christ,” notes Strawberry in discussing his current life purpose.

Prior to Strawberry’s sermon, the Church will open its doors on Saturday, September 22 from 11am to 5:30pm to offer water and a cool place of rest for those visiting the Clarendon Day neighborhood festival. This year’s festival is the first since the church re-opened its doors at the Highland Street location in the heart of Clarendon after more than 2 years in exile while the building was torn down and rebuilt.

“As a church, we exist in large part for those that are not yet part of us—to connect with those outside our church and offer them something of the goodness of God,” Pastor David Perdue said. “We’re excited to be hosting Darryl Strawberry because he is a well-known star who can also address a question that many people struggle with.”

The public engagement continues on Monday, September 24, when the John Leland Theological Seminary, a ministry partner of the church, hosts the 40th Annual Faculties’ Convocation of the Washington Theological Consortium on the topic of Theology in the Public Square. Events run from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.

  • nunya

    where’s wilt chamberlin when you need him.

    • sunflower


  • wow&flutter
  • Question

    Why is the notion that he “found God” presented as fact? If I state that I have “found Bigfoot,” would ArlNow present that too as fact?

    I would have instead written that he “became religious” in 2006 or that he states that he found God.

    • Steve R

      It’s a term of art.

    • GoodQuestion

      Yeah, God wasn’t lost, he was…

    • Richrd Cranium

      Because they’re his words? If he had actually said “I found Bigfoot” I’ll bet it would have been presented that way too.

      • Question

        No, it did not report it as a quote or as a statement–but as a fact.


        The man told reporters last week, “I found Bigfoot!”

        is not the same as:

        The man found Bigfoot last week.

        • Tumblebum

          Darryl Strawberry found Bigfoot? I’m gonna be there for that. Did he get any photos?

    • drax

      Sometimes strict accuracy is lifeless and boring.

  • Dr. Love

    darryl i have a blunt question for you that shockingly has not yet been answered in this speaker series. do you prefer to empty out the phillies or just buy the wraps and roll yourself?

  • novasteve

    Funny how one seems to give up drugs and sex when they have less money than they did when they were in the major leagues making a huge paycheck.

  • Tomtom

    JEEBUS save me

    • novasteve

      I dare you to say something like that about the prophet of a certain other religion.

      • ArlWhat

        Fatwa envy!

      • drax

        Mohammed save me.

        Big whoop.

  • Kim Arl Un

    I wonder how much this is costing taxpayers? The program will be held at the Arlington County government-owned church.

    • jimPB

      Please show a property title for the church with ARLCo on the title OR withdraw your comment as erroneous,

      • Bob from Reality

        jimPB should produce a title or shut it!

        Or better, acknowledge that but for the government’s sponsorship of this church, the church would have closed. And, shut it.

        (The original church that Arlington County sponsored did fail during the construction and now there is one of those fake churches in its place.)

        • jimPB

          Please take me and others to a world of reality.
          How exactly did ARLCo “sponsor this church,”, how precisely did that church fail during construction, and how has a “fake church” replaced the church that was there?

          • speonjosh

            Don’t forget to throw in a definition of “fake church” so we can understand what in the sam hill you are talking about.

      • HokieChump

        That’s right. Just because ArlCo paid for it don’t mean they own it.

    • drax

      Someone already sued about this, and failed. Sorry.

  • Mc

    God is against rock and roll. Who knew? Apparently many people “struggle” with this issue yet many people “are not a part of us”. Maybe this organization needs to go back into “exile” until it can figure out why it even exists. In the meantime the County can use the tax funded space for an indoor basketball court.

  • wut

    This sounds like it could be good.

  • Skeptical

    Far as I can tell, if there is a God he/she invented sex and drugs. Humans cooked up rock and roll, the only one of the three which ever causes a problem in my life, if it’s played too loud.

    • drax

      Good argument for finding God!

  • Really, in Arlington?

    Why is Darryl coming to Arlington of all cities?

    I could see this happening in Atlanta, Birmingham or Jacksonville or somewhere in the South where people like to feel better about themselves and look down on others for their belief in an invisible man in the sky, or something.

  • bobbytiger

    You mean there is a church there? I thought it was just a bunch of tax payer supported condos.

  • Wrecks

    To say that he struggled with prostitution seems to make it say that he was prostituting himself, no? I frankly don’t know that he wasn’t, but I suspect that that’s not what the writer intended to say.

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      I suspect you are correct.

    • Question

      Yeah, I don’t think he struggled with prostitution. I’m guessing he struggled with NOT going to prostitutes.

      • jackson

        He could have struggled with prostitution, but they charge extra for that, I bet.

        • Tabs


  • Bon Air

    He could have been one of the all time greats. Him and Gooden had epic talent.

  • GodFila

    He will be teaming up with Dave Chappelle next week to
    tour elementary schools….

    • hoyacougar

      Now that’s funny!

  • Farmer John

    Daryl, just steer clear of the Days Inn on Columbia Pike when you come to visit. Gotta stay clean you know…

  • AC

    When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV84)

    • Bon Air

      I guess he didn’t need God’s wisdom when he was a superstar partying and bedding scores of groupies every night.

      Only later did he need it.

      • Tabs

        Serious question: what loser pays for it when he has groupies?

  • ummmm wtf

  • Jeanne B

    If the goal is to add to the attendance by attracting baseball fans they should have scheduled a weekend when Nats are out of town.

  • coraline

    Haven’t people learned anything from the RNC about letting celebrities speak about issues? Hope it doesn’t turn into a Reggie White moment: http://www.skeptictank.org/white.htm


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