In this episode, we discuss how to talk to your children (and others) about transgenderism and other LGBT issues, from a Biblical perspective. We recently witnessed several young children at the playground conversing with each other about LGBT and transgender issues. It was surprising to hear that type of talk coming from children.

If we as Christians believe in the authority of scripture, then we must continue to uphold God’s created order for our identities, our marriages, and our families. How can we engage with people on this topic when they don’t embrace the Bible as the inerrant word of God?

We need to love them, while compassionately discussing the issue of identity, sin, and failure to believe who they are in Christ. This isn’t just an issue of dealing with gender confusion. It’s a sin issue. We all fail to identify with Christ when we sin, regardless of the type of sin. Helping people to understand their identity in Christ is the catalyst for change in behavior.

We encourage you to practice hospitality not only to your like-minded church friends but also to people that you may not feel as comfortable with in your home. We believe this is the way to connect with and show compassion to people that need Jesus.

 

Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism | Episode 52 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

The Nashville Statement (not mentioned in this episode, but a valuable resource)

Out of a Far Country – by Christopher Yuan

Christopher Yuan with Eric Metaxas

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Mark and Micah are back from vacation so we’re returning to dialogue about current events and culture. After several recent protests related to racial issues, we’re discussing how to talk to our children about these racial issues.

First and foremost, we must understand and teach our children how the gospel unites all people under Christ. For those with younger children, when and how do you begin to have conversations about hard topics like this?

We talk about early American history and the failure of the church to recognize racial prejudice as a theological issue. Ultimately, this is an issue of understanding our identity in Christ and dealing with the sin of racism in our hearts.

One way you might start a conversation with your older children about racial issues is by watching a movie, such as Remember the Titans, and discussing it together. Another way to help your children learn to show respect to other people is to introduce them to disabled people or people of different ethnic backgrounds in your community.

Shawn closes with some thoughts about the table of nations in Genesis and how that relates to us as New Testament believers now.

 

Talking to Your Children About Racism | Episode 51 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment – by Tim Keller

The FAQs: Violence and Death at a White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville – by Joe Carter for The Gospel Coalition

White Supremacy is Spiritual Bondage – Podcast with Collin Hansen and Mika Edmondson

Same Kind of Different as Me – by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

CongreGate Podcast – Colin Kaepernick

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Today, we are departing from our usual discussion of church and world events to conclude our three-part interview series. Next week we’ll be back to talk about some of the important current events that have taken place in the past couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Shawn’s work in the Navy as a submarine officer.

Shawn begins by sharing why he decided to enlist in the Navy instead of pursuing a traditional college education. He also tells the story of how he ended up in Nuclear Power School. Providentially, a couple of years into his training, he was offered a chance to become an officer through a commissioning program and spent 3 years earning a Chemistry degree at Auburn University while on active duty.

Shawn talks about some of the challenges and opportunities that came with being in the military. He shares some of the ways he was able to disciple and encourage people during his time in college and his time on the submarine. He also talks about why he left the Navy and how his leadership and teaching experiences have transferred to business and church eldership.

 

Chemistry & Submarines: An Interview with Shawn Curtis | Episode 50 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

An episode of Mighty Ships that was filmed while Shawn was onboard the USS Kentucky!

 

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Today, we are departing from our usual discussion of church and world events to continue a short interview series. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Micah’s work and ministry background.

Micah grew up as the oldest of seven children and as a pastor’s son. He was saved as a child and anticipated going into ministry as an adult. Following college, Micah returned home with his new wife and began to work with the housing contractor he had worked with in high school. Around that time, the housing market crashed, leaving Micah looking for a job. Through providential circumstances, Micah was hired by a local marketing firm where he has worked for the past eight years.

We talk about working in business while feeling called to ministry. When is it best to get a job and provide for your family and when do you pursue ministry opportunities? Micah shares how God has provided ministry opportunities through his work in the business world.

 

Marketing & Ministry: An Interview with Micah Fox | Episode 49 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Mentioned as an example of relational evangelism: Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Rosaria Butterfield

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation – by Joel Salatin

 

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Today, we are departing from our usual discussion of church and world events to begin a short interview series. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about us and our backgrounds as we interview one another. Mark begins by sharing his testimony and call to ministry. He tells how he met Cindy in college, eventually married her, and started a student ministry.

Early in Mark’s preaching ministry, another pastor criticized his preaching. Though it caused some discouragement initially, it ultimately forced him to ask “Am I doing this for the Lord?” and “What does the Lord want me to do with my gifts?”. Those questions gave him direction and motivation to continue in ministry.

Mark also talks about why and how he works as a communications professor and as a pastor. We also discuss how people are called to ministry in different ways.

 

Professor & Pastor: An Interview with J. Mark Fox | Episode 48 | CongreGate Podcast

 

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Links and Recommendations:

Age-Integrated Church – by J. Mark Fox

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