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If Your Children or Grandchildren Struggled With Same-Sex Attraction, Who Would They Turn to for Advice?
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We, Preston Sprinkle and I, were in San Francisco in September at a Leaders Forum for pastors speaking on the subject of LGBT+ people in their churches. (I’m the chairman and CEO of The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender, www.centerforfaith.com and Dr. Preston Sprinkle is the president.)

After almost four hours of teaching to 364 pastors and leaders, the youth pastor of a large and growing church asked this question. “If a student ‘comes out’ to a leader in our youth group, should we inform his parents?”

Preston deferred the question to me. And this was my response, “If you do inform that student’s parents, without the student’s permission, that is probably the last LGBT+ student in your youth group who will ever let a leader know they struggle with their sexuality.” If my statement is true, what is a church, parent and grandparent to do?
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Breaking the Last Socially-Acceptable Addiction
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Most American Christians have an addiction and we all know it. The addiction is social media. You don’t think you do? Here’s a simple test;

  • When you’re out with friends at a restaurant, is your phone usually out on the table, face up?
  • When you’re with friends for the evening, do you check your phone in their presence?
  • When you use the restroom, do you check your phone?
  • Do you find yourself checking your phone in worship services, or as soon as you get out?

Still think you don’t have an addiction?

Are these activities a sin? Actually, they could be and here’s why.
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If We Don’t Use God’s Methods, We Should Not Expect God’s Favor
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A few months ago, a Christian man sat in my office angry and sad because his wife just told him she was divorcing him. “And my kids don’t respect me either,” he added, implying that his wife had turned the kids against him. “Why is God letting her do this to me?”

I’m not sure why I end up with so many guys with bad marriages sitting in my office, decade after decade. I don’t even pretend to be a marriage counselor. But, there’s a common theme that runs through the majority of their stories, and it goes something like this.
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Guest Blog: BreakPoint – Trump, the NFL, and Us
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by John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

Could it be that our fascination with the story is more important than the story itself? President Trump, the NFL, and us.

The last few weeks have been full of important stories. The president, speaking before the United Nations, said that if the U.S. “is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Later that day, Hurricane Maria crossed Puerto Rico from southeast to northwest, dropping upwards of forty inches of rain, including fourteen inches in a two-hour period, which may be a world record nobody wants to own. More than three million American citizens were left without power or water, and face a humanitarian crisis.

Oh, and somewhere in there was another failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

But by the weekend, the story that most Americans seemed to care about was a feud between the president and professional athletes.

By now, you undoubtedly know more than you need to know about that feud—I mean that literally—and I don’t want to contribute to a problem I’m about to decry.

But we’re still left with the question about why this discussion is consuming so much of our national attention when there are issues far more deserving that we are increasingly disinclined to care about.
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