“If I Had It My Way” Friday
July 16, 2015
Every week I come across articles that I wish every member of The Church at West Franklin would read. They include articles that teach, encourage, challenge, and help as Christ-followers. So, instead of thinking "I wish I could get the members to read this" I am going to post my weekly favorites to this site on Fridays. In other words, "If I had it my way, West Franklin peeps would read these." Thus the title "'If I Had It My Way' Friday." Consider Friday a day to come and get some pastoral (web) recommendations on what I believe will help you in your walk with Christ.
We must pray that this video will mark an important turning point in our nation’s conscience. Images and words can become seared in our minds. The horrifying knowledge of harvested baby hearts must lead to our own broken hearts.
A nation that will allow this, will allow anything.
Five Ways We Fight for Children by Philip Holmes
Christians should continue to leverage their influence online to expose the atrocities taking place inside an organization that makes profit by murdering innocents and traffics their body parts under the guise of women’s rights. But that’s not all we should do.
It’s one thing to protest external problems like Planned Parenthood for what it truly is — a baby-murdering machine. It’s another to look internally and ask how we can protest with our lives in faithful and tangible ways. Protesting online is easy, but protesting with our lives will demand more of us.
Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Sam Ferguson
*This is an article recommending a book. The article is very good, and points us to what looks like a helpful and timely book.
The final chapters bring together the facts with this “integrated framework” in seeking a Christian response. The church must uphold the sacredness and integrity of created gender, but also offer compassion and hope. In general, this will look like an appreciation of the complexity of gender confusion, a relationally thick approach that walks alongside those suffering, and a form of management that encourages individuals to “resolve gender dysphoria in keeping with their birth sex” (137). For most pastors, connecting individuals with trained professionals is paramount.
Understanding Gender Dysphoria is about understanding gender dysphoria, not solving it, and in that sense, it succeeds. We will better appreciate the complexity of this topic, gain a framework for engagement, and practical ideas for response. Considering today’s culture, this is a topic Christians cannot ignore and should seek to become more informed about. Therefore, this book is a must-read.