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“Being Right Has Replaced Loving One Another”?

“Being Right Has Replaced Loving One Another”?

“Being right has replaced loving one another as we love ourselves.” So says Erin Green in the Huffington Post, criticizing her alma mater, Biola University, for not affirming LGBTQ. (She wrote it a month ago. It’s still relevant.) Biola is a conservative evangelical Christian university. Green’s complaints against the school are based in her reading of the Bible, including: Those who come to Christ will never be driven away (John 6:37). What we do for the least of these, Jesus’…

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25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today … and seeking to rule over your own view of reality. Not one of these is true. Even Christians are falling for some of them, though — especially the last three. Humans are unexceptional among the animals. Human nature is malleable according to human will. Innocent, defenseless human life is dispensable without moral consequence. Human flourishing is best promoted through shielding persons from contrary opinions, beliefs and values. Disagreement on moral choices and practices is equivalent to hate….

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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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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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Same-Sex Marriage In 2016: One More Reason the Question Still Matters

Same-Sex Marriage In 2016: One More Reason the Question Still Matters

Pundits are marking 2015 as the year the same-sex marriage question was settled in the United States. They’re wrong. There’s still plenty to be done about same-sex marriage in 2016. Defenders of marriage see the question still at issue for marriage, family, and religious freedom. They’re wrong too, if they think those are the big three. Yes, they’re right to place priority there, but if that’s all they see to work on they’re missing one other matter, equally important if not more…

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Rhetorical Strategy in the Marriage Debate: People vs. an Institution

Rhetorical Strategy in the Marriage Debate: People vs. an Institution

Theodore Shoebat recently contacted thirteen gay or pro-gay bakers and asked them to bake a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words, “Gay Marriage Is Wrong” on it. He writes, “Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it.” It was a nice try at making a point, and surely it seems to reveal something, but even Christians have…

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David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church. It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill…

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Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Religious Freedom and SSM: Pastors Being Forced To Wed Same-Sex Couples

Fresh on the heels of outrageous government encroachment into religious liberty on Sunday mornings in Houston, now we’re hearing of pastors being forced under threat of fines and imprisonment to violate their religious beliefs by performing weddings for gays: Two ordained ministers have filed a federal lawsuit and are seeking a restraining order to prevent local officials from forcing them to marry same-sex couples, saying they have been threatened with fines and possible jail time over their refusal. Donald and…

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