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New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

New Release! A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ

Just released! My new book A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ. It’s a collection of the best from this blog, plus a couple articles first published at Discipleship Journal and Touchstone magazine. Available as Kindle ebook or paperback. (Paperback may not publish for a few hours yet.) From the description at Amazon: A Christian Mind comprises the best of Tom Gilson’s original work, curated from his highly popular Thinking Christian blog, written over the past ten years or so —…

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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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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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“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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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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Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

Pushback Against “Critical Conversations” Book? No, Just Stereotyping

At first I was going to say here that my book Critical Conversations had received its first pushback today, in an article Debra Pasquella wrote a titled “Christians Who Primarily Focus on Homosexuality Based on Fear.”” It wasn’t. She hadn’t read the book. She was stereotyping me instead. She did hear me do an interview (more on that below). But if she had read the book, she might not have said so blithely, Intolerance and hate are first taught at home….

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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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From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

From “Jesus Saves” to “Jesus Approves”

There was a time when people knew what it meant that “Jesus saves.” The punsters’ follow-up, “at First National Bank” degraded the concept when the concept was still known widely enough for the pun to work. In most of Western culture now, though, neither the biblical phrase nor the pun is heard anymore. The concept now (if not the wording) is Jesus approves. As one who still honors the idea that Jesus saves, I know the idea needs explanation in our day, but I…

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