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Month: March 2018

Parents and Youth Leaders, ‘Give This Segment a Listen’

Parents and Youth Leaders, ‘Give This Segment a Listen’

I was on the air for an engaging discussion with Judy Redlich, KSIV radio St. Louis, not long ago, talking about Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens. https://www.judyredlich.com/podcast-download/373/tom-gilson.mp3 Download File | Play in a New Window | Duration 14:34 Here’s what she she  had to say about it: Judy Redlich and author Tom Gilson discuss how Christian parents and pastors need to be prepared to give Biblical answers the challenges teens and pre-teens face in today’s increasingly…

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Church Surveys and Other Organizational Research: PLEASE Get Help To Do It Well

Church Surveys and Other Organizational Research: PLEASE Get Help To Do It Well

I just got invited by Dropbox, one of the largest companies on the Internet, to take part in a survey. What I found there may well be instructive to you, should you ever want to do a church survey or other organizational research. My grad studies included a heavy research emphasis, and I’ve done quite a bit of organizational research since then. More than once I’ve been asked to crunch the numbers and produce a report on surveys others have…

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Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t You Just Hate the Culture Wars?

Don’t you just hate the culture wars? I was live on Facebook just now talking about four false beliefs that make it harder on Christians than it needs to be. It was episode three of my series “Contentious Questions (Because some questions just are that way).” Read more on this at The Stream. (I made a comment near the end about not knowing the news. Turns out the commenter I was responding to wasn’t talking about current breaking news tonight, as…

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Apologetics in Your Teaching, With the Apologetics Study Bible

Apologetics in Your Teaching, With the Apologetics Study Bible

Third in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.” You’re teaching through the New Testament at your church or Bible study group. Early on you run into the Massacre of the Innocents in Matthew 2:16-18. You ask yourself, “What kind of slaughter was this? How many boys were killed? Did it make other news?” That’s a great place to start: asking questions. Actually it’s not that hard. If you look it up on…

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Are Christians Arrogant To Say Our Way is the One Way to God?

Are Christians Arrogant To Say Our Way is the One Way to God?

Yes. If we say our way is the one way to God, then we are indeed arrogant. Here’s why. Next Tuesday (8 pm Eastern time) on “Contentious Questions” at The Stream‘s Facebook page: Why Do Christians Insist on Fighting These Unseemly Culture Wars? Image Credit(s): Sean Thomas.

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

“It’s In the Bible, So Believe It!” Won’t Help Youth At All

I’m on my way to Little Rock for an interview with FamilyLife about my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I decided to re-read the book on the way, and I came across a passage in it that applies to any question, any issue with our children. I want to share it with you, because it’s absolutely vital. I’d just told the story of a friend whose faith was shipwrecked for years by her…

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On the Air This Week!

On the Air This Week!

Three Media Events: Critical Conversations! Tuesday Afternoon Tuesday 1:30 pm Central, 2:30 pm Eastern: Revealing how parents can realistically guide teens through the toughest questions on sexuality and gender (based on my book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens). This will be a previously taped conversation with Judy Redlich, KSIV Radio 1320, St. Louis. Listen live! Facebook Live on “Christian Arrogance” — Tuesday Evening Facebook live with The Stream, answering the question, “Christians Say Our…

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On Facebook Live Tomorrow: “How Can Christians Think Our Way Is the One Way to God?

On Facebook Live Tomorrow: “How Can Christians Think Our Way Is the One Way to God?

Tomorrow at 4:00 pm Eastern time I’ll be live on Facebook at The Stream‘s page, starting a new series we’re calling “Contentious Questions (Because some questions are just that way).” I’ve set up the topic with an article published last Saturday on The Stream, titled “‘Contentious Questions’: How Can Christians Think Our Way is the One Way to God?.  Stop by if you can, and if not it’ll be there for you to watch after. If you time it right you might…

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