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“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?”

“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 That Christians Hate Gays?)I won’t go into how it ended up the way it did — but if that title caught your eye, and if…

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How To Talk With Your Pre-teens About LGBT Issues

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 through this issue for the sake of your children. I’ve actually got an article related to your question, ready to be published soon at The…

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Parents: Turn These Tough Talks Into Great Conversations

Parents: Turn These Tough Talks Into Great Conversations

  My new book Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens was officially release just two weeks ago. It’s led to some pretty interesting critical conversations itself already. One parent told me of his middle school son who had a gay classmate calling and texting him repeatedly, trying to start a relationship. One parent told me her daughter had come home from Bible study, smiling and relieved to have “learned” that the Bible was okay with gay marriage….

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Parents Take Note: “We Want Diverse Books”

Parents Take Note: “We Want Diverse Books”

Parents, take note. Agents, publishers, and their customers at schools and libraries are looking for “more diverse books.” There is a “shift in thinking” among agents for children’s book writers, says Julie Masis in the February 2016 Writer’s Digest. Agents are seeing a demand for “stories with diverse and LGBTQ main characters’” “more LGBT YA [Young Adult]. Esp. if you have a trans protagonist.” “Would love LGBT YA realistic sports fiction for ‘tween boys with gritty, raw, and honest depiction…

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Wrong Question: “Wouldn’t It Be Better for the Child If Her Gay Parents Were Married?”

Wrong Question: “Wouldn’t It Be Better for the Child If Her Gay Parents Were Married?”

One of the common arguments for same-sex marriage (SSM) goes something like this: “Same-sex couples can adopt children, and in fact many of them already do. Wouldn’t it be better for those children if their parents were legally married to each other? Wouldn’t it be even better if we could all accept the validity of their parents’ marriage, without stigma? (You do believe that marriage is good for children, don’t you?)” One answer is yes (maybe), I could imagine it…

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“New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad”

“New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad”

I don’t have time to comment on this tonight, but you need to read it. New Research on Same-Sex Households Reveals Kids Do Best With Mom and Dad. Don’t just read the headline. Don’t just read the first portion, where Mark Regnerus summarizes the results. Read the part where he analyzes the ironic role social scientists have adopted for themselves in this controversy. The British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science paper on which this article was based is…

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When Teachers Contradict Christianity: What To Say To Your Child

When Teachers Contradict Christianity: What To Say To Your Child

Friday Parent Focus Last Friday I spoke on dealing with the schools when they undermine the faith. There’s one more person involved that I didn’t mention: your child. What do you tell your child when teachers contradict Christianity? Suppose your child were in a classroom where the teacher said the Bible is a book of fables. Suppose also the teacher retracted that statement, strictly on the grounds that it’s illegally discriminatory for him to say that in class. Your child…

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When Your Child’s School Undermines Christian Faith

When Your Child’s School Undermines Christian Faith

My daughter came home from school one day in eighth grade and said, “My history teacher told us Christianity is a myth like all the other religions.” It’s a common enough thing to hear in the public schools. What does a parent do when their child’s school undermines Christian faith? Too Much Experience We had a lot of experience dealing with teachers and administrators. Some might say we had too much experience. One of our children was bullied repeatedly. Though…

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Why Young People Leave the Faith

Why Young People Leave the Faith

Last time in this series we talked about one great way to help our children remain connected to life in Christ as they leave home: give them a multi-generational experience of that life as they’re growing up. Now for some discussion on why young people leave the faith. Top-quality research indicates there is one great (?) way above all to discourage students from becoming Christ-followers as young adults. As part of the National Study on Youth and Religion, led by…

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