The War on the Ordinary Family

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

Yesterday we talked about how our personal view of gender is crucial to how we minister to others. That was a great conversation as we wrap up our introduction to the Theology of the Human Body today. In this lesson, we discuss what this conversation is really about, why it can be so hostile, and why it’s crucial for Christians to engage.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. Why this conversation is not really about your beliefs as a Christian but rather a revolt against God Himself.
  2. What is Objective reality vs. subjective fantasy?
  3. Is the LGBT, the fight for their rights and sexual freedom today, the same fight that black men and women fought for in the 1960’s?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
If you are a church leader and you do not have policies in place regarding this sexual revolution that we are in, I pray that you make it a priority this week. If you need someone to facilitate this discussion with your church leadership, let me encourage you to jump on the website at Dustin Daniels Dot Org and send me an email, and I can help facilitate that discussion. Because these are serious questions:

  1. What are you going to do when members of an LBGT organization demands to be married in your church?
  2. What are you going to do when transgender people demand to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
  3. Are these things incorporated into your bylaws?

I pray that you do and if you don’t, email me so we can start working on that.

Ministering and Loving our LGBT Friends

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

We are three days into our study of gender. It’s been an introduction to the Theology of the Human Body. Yesterday we talked quite a bit about Bruce Jenner, the most well known transgender person of our day. Today our conversation transitions into how we minister to our LGBT friends. In today’s lesson, we hear a lot of questions and comments from the class, and it turned out to be a great discussion.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. The way we view gender is crucial to how we minister to others
  2. How and why we choose to fill our God-sized hole in our hearts with everything but Jesus.
  3. The topic of judging our LBGT friends.

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We’re all broken, but the reality is that some of us just hide it better than others. I think we could also make an argument that the more outlandish someone is, the more desperate they are looking for Jesus. They just don’t know that they are trying to fill that God-sized hole in their heart with all these temporary earthly things.

Tomorrow we wrap our study on the Theology of the human body with our gender study. And we discuss what this cultural battle is.

Call Me Caitlyn? A Conversation About Bruce Jenner

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

We are on day three of our series dealing with the Theology of the Human body. Yesterday we discussed how the male and female body was designed by God to bring Him glory. We also talked about how when we tinker with the God’s plan of gender and sexuality we are tinkering with human existence. So, we continue our discussion on the subject of gender, and it moves to the most well-known spokesperson on transgenderism – Bruce Jenner.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. Are their differences between the male and female brain?
  2. Do men and women think, ponder and communicate differently?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I find it so fascinating that the people that Jesus hung out within the Gospels are the types of people that scare Church people! We tend to think that if people don’t walk, talk or look like us; then they’ll have to go somewhere else. Shame on us. The Apostle Paul says it this way in Gal 3:26:

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

The Importance of Gender Theology

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

Last week we started a brand new series on the topic of the Theology of the Human Body. We started our discussion off on the specific subject of gender. BTW, that phrase is interesting, isn’t it? –  The Theology of the Body. It’s a series of writings from Pope John Paul II. If you are interested in learning more on this topic, I will point you to a colleague of mine, Christopher West. He is an expert in that area, and you can visit him at www.ChristopherWest.com.

Today, we continue our series on gender. And we take a lengthy look at the importance of Theology. The study of God with our emphasis on the human body.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. The four mysteries of the human body
  2. How Christianity is very different in its theology toward the human body.
  3. What is the hypostatic union?

FINAL THOUGHTS:
If you were Satan, wouldn’t you want to blur the lines of all things sexual? To make hazy the ways that men and women complement one another. Wouldn’t you want to confuse the definition of what marriage truly is? Of course. That’s why it is so important to realize that when we talk about the subjects of homosexuality, gender identity or transgender issues, we do it thoughtfully, carefully, and with respect. Regardless if they’re disrespectful to us.

It doesn’t work well when we demand Christian morals from those who are not Christians. We are to lift people up with the Bible not beat them down with them. I’m horrified when I hear people quoting something like 1 Corinthians 6:9 to unbelievers:

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.

When I hear this, I want people to read the next verse.

Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

So look guys, I know this is a messy issue, and I want to encourage you in the messiness. To once again, ask yourself, why do you believe what you believe and then can you explain it in love.

The Audacity of a Genderless Society

An Introduction to the Theology of the Human Body

Today, we start a brand new series. And we are going to dive right into the deep waters of the secular pool here as we look at gender. I give a relatively quick overview of what’s happening in the culture from Hollywood, to department stores – evidently, they have something to say on this issue, the Boy Scouts of America is changing policies because apparently the word “boy” is now offensive.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss several things:

  1. How did this issue of gender become so complicated?
  2. Why is it so complicated?
  3. Why should you care?

Isn’t it amazing how, when there is no absolute standard from God, how complicated we as a society, government, educational institutions can make things? Think about it, God in His Word tells from the very beginning that He created people both male and female (Gen. 1:27). There are no other options.

So why are people demanding that they are? It’s called sin. We do not want to admit that there is an all powerful and all knowing God who in perfect truth and wisdom has created a complete order and structure to this world. The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:20 says it this way.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

God calls this mess with gender identity foolish. Think deeply about this. What would happen if you walked into a hospital and told them that you wanted a job because identified as a surgeon? Or walked into a bank, gave the teller a $10 bill and said to her that you identify that bill as a $100 bill. Or went to Washington DC and told the administration that you identified as the President? What would happen? They would haul you off and have you committed to psychiatric help. And yet we are doing the same exact thing with gender. Our government is even passing laws regarding gender.

So, from a Biblical perspective, what do we do as Christians? Pick a fight? Nope, the battle is already on. I would encourage you to have this conversation deepen your belief structure on these issues. Why do you believe what you say you believe? And here’s the thing, can you confidently and calmly explain your Bible-based belief structure in love and not condemnation? Can you explain the Biblical perspective that they can’t understand? That’s what I would encourage you to do because this conversation is not going away.

The Business and Politics of Gender Identity

The Sexual Revolution Continues

On today’s show we continue to ask the question, “How did we get here”? Referring to the Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2015, that legalized gay marriage at the federal level.

It is interesting, as we go through the sexual revolution timeline that started back in 1916, the question is not “How did we get here”? But instead, “How could we not get here”?

In today’s podcast, we’ll discuss three specific things:

  1. What is gender identity?
  2. Why are there so many gender options available?
  3. How is sexual freedom threatening your churches tax inspection status?

 

Final Thoughts:
Have you ever heard the phrase, “the problem is not really the problem”? This sexual confusion that is in our culture is not about who we choose to have sex with. It’s about rights. The world says that I can have sex with anyone I want to, as long as it’s consensual, and oh, by the way, you have to agree and affirm my choice to do so.

This is exactly what the retail store Target has said. This is what the NFL, NBA, and NCAA have said. This is what the United States military has said!

So, let me ask you this, how are you going to have this conversation with a co-worker? Maybe your child went off to college and now their back, and they don’t believe anything that you taught them. How are you going to respond? Are you going to get upset and raise your voice which will only push them away or are you going to listen, love, pray and realize that you can’t make anybody do or believe anything?

It’s the Lord who changes hearts. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. He’s in the heart transplant business.

I’m reminded of what the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:9 –  Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Changing hearts is the Holy Spirits job. Not ours. We only know God’s truth and plan because He revealed it to us. We didn’t figure this stuff out on our own. I pray that you remember that next time you start to feel your blood rise when someone disagrees with you on these topics.

How Did America Get Here?

Legalizing “Same-Sex” Marriage

In his book, Fathered By God, John Eldredge talks about the six stages of the masculine journey: Boyhood, Cowboy, Warrior, Lover, King and the Sage.

Within today’s podcast you’ll hear some references to this book. By the way, if you have never heard or read this book, I highly recommend it. Especially if you are a father raising sons.

This podcast is part two of a series titled, “The Sexual Revolution”. It’s a series that I taught at Gateway Seminary. The students just finished their lectures on fatherhood and masculinity and now the class is transitioning into the subject of healthy sexuality.

Today we ask the question,

How Did America Get Here? – Legalizing “Same-Sex” Marriage.

We didn’t get to this point in history over night did we? Nope, so to answer this question we must go back in America’s history a bit – back to the the “roaring 20’s” as a matter of fact.

We talk about a lot of different events fairly quickly during this lesson, so you may want to grab a notebook or journal to make some notes for further study.

In today’s podcast, We’ll discuss three things:

  1. How men get stuck between the Cowboy and Warrior stage of masculinity.
  2. A Brief Timeline of Today’s Sexual Revolution.
  3. How the birth control pill changed everything.

Should Christians Boycott Target?

Target CEO Brian Cornell is speaking out after 1.3 million people signed a petition boycotting the company over its transgender bathroom policy.

Target released their policy last month, stating any transgender individual shopping at Target can use whichever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity.

My guest today is Abraham Hamilton III, Public Policy Analyst for the American Family Association. Abraham is also a pastor and criminal prosecutor. Listen now to hear about his personal experience prosecuting sex offenders and how Target’s new policy puts your family in danger when shopping.

Protecting Your Family From Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Mandate

President Barack Obama is now forcing schools to allow biological men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms (and vice versa).

Have you heard about Obama, the President of the United States of America, our Commander in Chief…one of the most powerful men in the world is now forcing schools to allow biological men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms.

Under the guise of what is called Title IX and “gender fluidity”, the Obama administration is threatening to withhold federal funding to your child’s school unless it participates.

My guest is Kate Anderson who serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives. Kate explains in layman’s terms what is happening and how this will affect your family if these laws are passed.

Why Christians Can’t Keep Silent

Speaking Truth To A Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, & The Very Meaning Of Right & Wrong

We have entered into a new world. A world that states that someone’s sexual preference trumps all other rights and moral beliefs. How did we get here as a nation that was founded on Biblical morals and values?

I came across a headline back in October dealing with a major Christian leader and homosexuals. When I read the headline, I thought – “man, is this scandalous…but scandalous in a Christ centered way”. The headline reads:

Prominent Christian Leader Admits He Has Sinned Against Homosexuals. Dr. Albert Mohler Rejects Reparative Therapy While Proclaiming ‘We Cannot Be Silent’

Dr. Mohler said “We do not believe that homosexuals are to be converted to heterosexuality…we believe that all same-sex sexual activity is sin and that marriage can only be the conjugal union of a man and a woman.”

Dr. Mohler also stated. “We believe that no one has the right (or even the ability) to ‘change’ gender. But we are not calling the LGBT community to be converted to heterosexuality. Rather, we are calling everyone, regardless of sexual or gender identity, to be converted to new life in Christ — a new life that begins in conversion and leads to a life of wholeness and holiness as defined by the Bible in obedience to Christ.”

WOW! Isn’t that scandalous?! The truth and the grace that was spoken by Dr. Mohler to our LGBT friends reminds us of someone else. The gospel of John chapter 1 – John writes

the word became flesh and dwelt among us…and He (Jesus Christ) was full of grace and truth.

Well, Dr. Albert Mohler joins us today and serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.