Why Jesus’ Acceptance of All People Doesn’t Mean What This Lesbian Pastor Thinks It Means

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Rev. Cynthia Meyer, a United Methodist pastor who recently came out as lesbian — and is under church discipline for it — explained part of her pro-LGBT reasoning thus: My understanding of Christian teaching centers on the Gospels, and what we know about the teachings and actions of Jesus. I don’t think Jesus was really looking […]

Talk It Up! Major New Study on Homosexuality

Major New Study Released Yesterday a new scientific study was published at The New Atlantis questioning much of today’s homosexual transgender narrative. There’s no evidence that LGBT people are “born that way,” and there’s good evidence that young people with same-sex attractions end up in strong heterosexual relationships as adults. That’s a start. I’m still […]

Gender Identity Discrimination Regulations: The Saddest Joke on the Planet

(For a thoroughly parent-friendly guide to explaining this issue to teens and preteens, see “Challenge 28″ at CriticalConversationsBook.com.) It’s disturbing. It’s ridiculous. It’s mad. It’s hilarious. I don’t know whether to argue, laugh, or cry. All three, I think. From The Hill via The Stream (hey, that was fun to write!): The Department of Housing and Urban […]

Transgendered Persons and Homicides: Co-opting Statistics To Peddle a Message

Doing background research related to yesterday’s blog post on bullying, I ran across this CBS News headline from last November: “Homicides of transgender women in U.S. reach alarming high.” The total at that point in 2015: 22 trans-women. How alarming is that? It depends on what kind of story you want to tell. You could tell […]

“Help Me, Mom and Dad — Is It True What They Say About Christians Hating Gays?”

“Help me, Mom and Dad! Is It True What They Say About Christians Hating Gays?” That is approximately the working title I used while writing the book published as Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens.  (Originally it was the overly-strong and potentially misleading, Hey, Mom and Dad — Is It True […]

Talk: Where Today’s Moral Confusion Came From and What We Can Do About It

http://www.thinkingchristian.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Immanuel%20MInistries%20Talk%205-13-2016.mp3 I rolled into town a bit early last Friday, heading into a weekend of ministry with Immanuel Ministry Church in Horse Cave, Kentucky. I’d been invited there by Pastor Phillip Trent, shortly after he heard me speak on the radio about my book Critical Conversations. He said he was seeing gay activism and moral confusion as […]

How To Talk With Your Pre-teens About LGBT Issues

A reader at The Stream sent a question about how to teach her very young children about transgender-related issues. I wrote her this answer, which I think might be helpful to other parents of young children too. (I’ve adapted my answer slightly for use here.) Hi, S____, Thank you for the question! Kudos to you for thinking […]

“You’re Anti-Gay Just Like You’re Anti-Everything Else!” — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Eight

Challenge Number Eight: “Anti-this, anti-that, you’re just anti-gay!” (Eighth in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) This one often comes in a form like: “You Christians are against sex, against choice, against equality — you just like to be against things. Your beef with LGBT is just more of the same: you’re anti-gay because being ‘anti-‘ is what […]