If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

I I hope that this is the kind of attitude I embody if I ever have children in any way shape or form.

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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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My 10 Books

I  first saw this on my Friend Tonia’s blog over at Words Pursued. Apparently, It’s part of a Facebook trend in which you list 10 Books that have really stuck with you. Since I am trying to become as well-read as people think I am, a lot of the books on this list come from the last 1-2 years of my life.

  1. The Bible (NKJV)
  2. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  3. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  4. Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  5. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  7. How to Sell Yourself: Winning Techniques for Selling Yourself…Your Ideas…Your Message
     by Arch Lustberg
  8. Playing In The Light by Zoe Wicomb
  9. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  10. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

That was hard. I’m open to suggestions on books i should be reading.