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

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

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 to label people as incompatible, no matter who they were. The Gospel is then the lens through which I look at all of scripture, which…

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The Worldview Collision Behind the Bathroom Wars

The Worldview Collision Behind the Bathroom Wars

I’m asking still why the gender wars erupted so suddenly in our culture, and what’s motivating the drive to redefine gender. Yesterday I said it had a lot to do with ontology. What does it mean actually to be male or female, and where’s the right place for those decisions to be made? The obvious answer all along has been that it depends on a person’s genitalia, and when the nurse says, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy,” it’s…

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Talk It Up! Major New Study on Homosexuality

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 reading the book-length article. Ryan Anderson summarizes it: “Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong.” My friend Michael…

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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

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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Critical and Personal Conversations

Critical and Personal Conversations

I really enjoyed this conversation this morning, and I so appreciated Christine Sneeringer’s personal stories of starting out as a lesbian and turning around to follow Jesus Christ — because some Christians loved her as she was. We were on the air together with PeggySue Wells of WBCL radio, Fort Worth, Indiana. http://www.wbcl.org/archives/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/MM20160524.mp3

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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Blogger’s Anti-Christian Barrage Reveals 10 Reasons to Read Critical Conversations

Blogger’s Anti-Christian Barrage Reveals 10 Reasons to Read Critical Conversations

In my interviews on Critical Conversations I’ve spoken of the anti-Christian barrage* teens are subjected to. Do you believe it’s real? What if someone wrote that you have all these faults, just because you believe in biblical marriage and morality? Fear of being homosexual Encouraging bullying Encouraging suicide Homophobia Don’t pay attention to the Bible on slavery Don’t really care about divorce Don’t really care about slavery Forget that God doesn’t hate Misunderstand Bible’s stance on homosexuality Don’t realize that…

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Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

Doesn’t this university’s decision send a message that LGBT persons are more emotionally fragile?

“Allowing an Anscombe Society event could cause suicides, a student claims.” An upcoming conference on heterosexual marriage is being denounced as hate speech by the Stanford Graduate Student Council (GSC), which is seeking to quash the event. Last week, the council at the top-ranked California university voted ten to two to deny funding for the event “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family, and Media,” sponsored by the Stanford Anscombe Society…. In the minutes (transcribed without editing), one student claims that “an event…

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