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Helping Parents and Pastors Equip Young People (Podcast)

Helping Parents and Pastors Equip Young People (Podcast)

I spent an enjoyable time with Nick Peters of Deeper Waters the other day, talking about helping parents and pastors equip young people for the challenges of today’s world. Here’s the podcast of that conversation. Enjoy! http://deeperwaters.ddns.net/podcasts/20160611TomGilson.mp3

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

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 a pressing issue there, as it is everywhere. Being ahead of schedule that day I decided to take the opportunity to explore a while. Some…

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

“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 Christians do best!” This is a distorted view. Sure, Christianity stands against a lot of things. But Christianity is a positive answer, not a negative…

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“You’re on the Wrong Side of History!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Three

“You’re on the Wrong Side of History!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Three

Challenge Number Three: “You’re on the wrong side of history — gay rights is an idea whose time has come.” (Third in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Time keeps marching on. Science and technology move forward. Does that mean everything progresses over time? No. Today’s poets and playwrights haven’t exactly progressed beyond Aeschylus and Sophocles the way our physicists have advanced beyond Archimedes and Aristotle (speaking of Aristotle strictly as a physicist, that is.) Even “scientific” progress sometimes turns…

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“You’re Homophobic!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Two

“You’re Homophobic!” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part Two

Challenge Number Two: “You’re homophobic.” (Second in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) A phobia is a pathologically irrational fear or aversion to something. In this usage “phobia” functions as a highly stigmatized, medicalized term. Simply being opposed to something doesn’t mean you have an irrational fear of it. In this case that vague word “something” really fits, since the prefix “homo” in “homophobic” is never clearly defined. Does it mean fear of gay or lesbian men or women? Aversion…

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“You’re a Hater” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part One

“You’re a Hater” — — Christian Faith Under (Im)Moral Attack, Part One

Series Introduction (First in a series of ten, from my new book Critical Conversations!) Gay activists set out almost 30 years ago to make Christianity look immoral and wrong. In one key document they even called it a plan for “Overhauling Straight America.” (I tell that story briefly in Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens.) It’s been a moral attack delivered from an immoral basis: hence the title of this series. Their idea was to cause believers to cower…

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Why I’m Urging You — Please! — Spread the Word About Critical Conversations

Why I’m Urging You — Please! — Spread the Word About Critical Conversations

Why Critical Conversations? I’m asking you to share this post on Facebook, and I’m asking you to buy this book for your pastor and youth pastor. It matters more than you know. Read what one pastor wrote about it: I was a Student Pastor for 10 years and have been a Senior Pastor for the last 3 years. Sometimes books come along that are helpful and appreciated and sometimes books come along that are needed and longed for. “Critical Conversations,” by…

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Sex After Christianity | The American Conservative

Sex After Christianity | The American Conservative

I don’t agree with Rod Dreher on everything, but he sure got this right, in Sex After Christianity | The American Conservative: “It is nearly impossible for contemporary Americans to grasp why sex was a central concern of early Christianity. Sarah Ruden, the Yale-trained classics translator, explains the culture into which Christianity appeared in her 2010 book Paul Among The People. Ruden contends that it’s profoundly ignorant to think of the Apostle Paul as a dour proto-Puritan descending upon happy-go-lucky…

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