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How to Intelligently Navigate Conversations About Sexual Identity with Students
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If you have high school or college age children or grandchildren, and don’t feel comfortable yet discussing LGBT questions, this might help you. This blog is actually an audio transcript with Sam Allberry, author, speaker and minister at Maidenhead Anglican Church in the U.K. Sam also experiences same-sex attraction, but believes same-sex, sexual relations are sin. Sam is being interviewed by Pastor John Piper.

Sam, I want to talk with you about the sexual-identity conversations you’ve had on secular college campuses. This is a huge question facing pastors and leaders. These conversations are as potentially volatile as they are potent for good.

Obviously, speaking of sex practices and self-identity, with biblical conviction and with humility, opens outreach opportunities like few other things. From your experience, what have you learned from publicly engaging LGBT societies on campus? And how can we steward these types of conversations well?

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Judgment Day – Your Report Card
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When I grew up, somehow I got the notion that Christian life was largely about sin management. Our job, my job, was to make sure I sinned as little as possible, especially the “big sins” like sexual sins. Oh, I knew God also required me to pray, worship him, give and do some acts of service to others. But aside from going to church, putting cash in the offering plate and volunteering, “doing good things for God” was hard to quantify. But sin was sin. When I did sin, I generally knew instantly that I’d done something wrong.

Perhaps you too were raised in a sin management home or church, as well. Where did that idea come from?

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Our daughter Megan Vos wrote this blog after two young mothers killed themselves in their small community in the same week! She titled her blog #mayday.

Our community has lost two mamas to suicide in the past week. We need to talk about this; we’re fools if we don’t.  I won’t pretend to understand the depth of depression these women struggled with, but I spent many nights in my 30s laying in bed, drowning in panic attacks and sadness and eating hopelessness like it wasn’t the bitterest thing I’d ever put in my mouth.  I have wondered if death wouldn’t be preferable to that madness and if the world wouldn’t be a better place without my crazy in it.  I’ve never been suicidal, really, but I have wondered.  And until we bring this dark, soul sucking disease of depression into the light, we will continue to suffer in ear shattering silence.  It will kill us.  It is killing us.  


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Should the Lords Prayer Be Changed?
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This is an article first printed in Christianity Today, July 19, 2018. It brought up some aspects of the Lord’s Prayer I’ve not thought of before.

The church has a long history of fiddling with the Lord’s Prayer and debating the right wording.

Scripture itself isn’t unified on the wording. The Bible gives us two versions of the prayer—also often referred to as the Our Father—one from Matthew’s gospel (Matt. 6:9–13) and one from Luke’s gospel (Luke 11:2–4).

Additionally, today we often forget that the last two lines (“for thine is the kingdom…”) aren’t from Scripture but were added later by well-intentioned churchmen who felt that ending with sin didn’t tell the whole story.

Then there’s the question of translations and traditions. If Matthew’s wording probably borrows a term that refers to financial debts in the original Greek, is it okay that many traditions say “trespasses”?

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