Our son, raised in an evangelical church, came out to us twelve years ago. We realized the fear and trepidation he must have experienced before and loved him even more. It broke our hearts knowing that he had to keep his SSA hidden from his parents and church acquaintances. We, and my wife especially, had to grieve and say goodbye to the idea of a son we thought we had and the dreams about having grandchildren from him, but we embraced the SAWE SON with the same love.

Thank you for this wonderful article. I wished every anti-LGBTQ Christian would follow your advice.


Good article about Paul's thorn on the side. I hadn't thought about sexual orientation before but I agree it is possible, albeit likely a long short. I think it's deliberately obscure so that this principle is widely applicable to whatever we think hinders us in the flesh.

Christ in us works through whatever vessels his Spirit dwells. Often, the stronger the vessel, the more resistance it puts up to the indwelling Spirit. It's often true that God works through us more effectively through our weaknesses than strengths. Thanks for a well thought out and presented lesson.


This likely characterized the Americanism perspective more than anything else. I read somewhere that the USA has yet to apologize for one war, although it's been in many since its founding. When God is indisputably on your side, than all your acts of aggression are miraculously justifiable and holy. …


I agree:, one space, definitely. But I have another question for ya: farther or further? "Farther" refers to physical distance, as in: "Mom, how much farther to reach the next bathroom stop?". "Further" refers to concept, as in: "Mom, I can't hold my pee any further. How much farther to the next bathroom stop?"

Thoughts?


Thanks, Ron, for the reminder that none of us has cornered the truth about God. I think it was CS Lewis who said something like, "To some extent, every theologian is a heretic."


You point out the problem with shallow theology. I just couldn't "bite into" Lucado's writings in the last few decades and couldn't articulate the reason. Your article explains my reticence.

Tolerance of injustice by withholding power, as Christ did with his accusers, is different from suffering abuse helplessly. This kind…


Good illustration of free will and will of God. Thanks for writing this parable. I agree that there are just three options: A robot incapable or independent thoughts, a slave in fearful servitude, or a free-will person capable of rebellion and obedience. We're learning daily to follow the loving Potter's voice, stumbling and fumbling and sometimes willfully so. But God is greater than all our mistakes and sins and God has shown us that through the resurrected Christ. Thanks again.


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“Lord, please strengthen and protect the wise who are obedient to you and frustrate and confuse the foolish who are disobedient to you.”

I believe God answers prayers. And I believe we can all be united through this simple prayer, whichever side of the bickering and divisiveness that has engulfed…


God is surprisingly kinder and gentler than most theologians have been telling us

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Why does this happen? Is God punishing me for something I’ve done? When something unpleasant or tragic happens to us, we often ask similar questions.

If you have this tendency, you’re not alone. …

Eddie Chu

A Christ follower since 1978. Now a “DEvangelical” liberated from the narrow, judgmental, and exclusivist culture. Promotes a Parent-first view of God.

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