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"Tom Gilson is a wise and masterful guide through an emotional and theological minefield, full of wisdom and compassion, scripturally sound, and eminently practical. Critical Conversations fills a critically important void." (Michael L. Brown, Dr., author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? and host of The Line of Fire radio broadcast)

"A veteran apologist and ministry strategist who delivers realistic plans for imparting biblical truth to this generation, Tom Gilson is one writer whose insights I never miss―and this may just be his most significant work ever." (Alex McFarland, director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics, North Greenville University, South Carolina)

"Simply put, if you have children, you need to read this book." (Alan Shlemon, author and speaker for Stand to Reason)

"Tom Gilson's book is unique: it provides thoughtful, concise ways to explain these issues to our children. If you have children, you owe it to them to read this book." (Jay W. Richards, PhD, author and assistant research professor, The Catholic University of America)

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Tom Gilson is the Senior Editor and Ministry Coordinator specializing in Christian apologetics and inspiration for the daily online news and insight website The Stream (stream.org). Previously he had served with the Ratio Christi Campus Apologetics Alliance. He is the monthly Worldview and You columnist at BreakPoint Online, and has written articles for Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, and Salvo. He blogs at Thinking Christian (thinkingchristian.net). When not studying or writing he enjoys canoeing, sailing, and long walks in the woods. He lives with wife Sara and their two college-aged children in Lebanon, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an essential book for Christian parents. Teens are facing a situation like never before. They are surrounded by pro-LGBT messages. Parents need guidance in helping their teen grow up affirming biblical truths. Gilson has written this book for parents who don't know what to say when their teens have questions about what they are being told and what the Bible says.

He has divided the book into three parts. The first part gives us an overview, the big picture, and how we got here. He also includes the case for marriage between a man and a woman. The second part is about the relationship between parents and teens, such as keeping the conversation healthy with practical suggestions on how to keep the dialog open. Gilson encourages parents to keep God as a priority. He also writes about helping your teens relate to their LGBT friends. I was surprised and impressed with Gilson's explanation of the teen's rights and how to use them wisely. He is honest about the risk involved and advises practicing humility.

The last section contains short and practical ways to deal with the challenges students face. He writes about what a parent might do when when their teen is called homophobic or intolerant. He covers many topics, such as “God made me this way.” He includes proposed dialogs a parent might loosely follow in a discussion with their teen.

I really liked Gilson's answer to Matthew Vines' claim that Paul didn't know about loving, committed homosexual relationships when he wrote Romans. Gilson does an excellent job of showing how Vines' claim is wrong.

I am impressed with this book. Today's Christian teens who want to practice biblical truth are doing so in a hostile culture.
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Parents and youth leaders constantly face the challenge of communicating timeless biblical truths to students in the midst of a world that constantly stands against these biblical truths. There is no topic as front and center in this need for important conversations that the topic of homosexuality. Our culture constantly teaches against a biblical sexual ethic and many times celebrates people’s personal sexual expression no matter how contrary to the biblical ethic it may be. Into these challenging conversations between parents, youth leaders, and students, Tom Gilson presents a helpful resource titled Critical Conversations: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with Teens.

Critical Conversations is broken down helpfully into three segments.

The first segment addresses the biblical and cultural background necessary for understanding the ongoing cultural and biblical conversation regarding homosexuality. Gilson has an especially insightful chapter about the role of the sexual revolution of the 1960s opening the door for the homosexual movement of today. Throughout the book, Gilson stands clearly on a biblical ethic that homosexuality is a sin, yet Christians should respond in grace towards people no matter what they believe about sexual ethics.

The second segment of the book is a helpful discussion on how students should relate to other people through relationships who live out a different view on homosexuality or disagree with the biblical sexual ethic. The key relationships discussed include relationships with friends, teachers, administrators, and professors. The tips in this segment of the book are very practical while encouraging students to not back down from biblical truth while also responding in love.
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CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with TEENS is one book every Christian parent should read so as to know how to Biblically and lovingly discuss the confusing and controversial issue of homosexuality with their teens. The matter of homosexuality and sexuality in general have been difficult issues for parents both saved and unsaved to discuss with their children and due to a number of different reasons, not all being good ones. Critical Conversations is a most helpful Biblically Based and Christ centered book providing much needed information about the issue of homosexuality from a Biblical perspective as well as how to appropriately address it and discuss it with your teens.

CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS will equip Christian parents with the Scriptures and information they need to know to speak confidently and compassionately with their children about this sin that is so predominant in our society today. Make no mistake about it if you are a Christian parent, your teens are being bombarded by the promotion of homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle in the public schools. They are also being exposed to the lifestyle through sexually explicit messages and pictures on the Internet being sent to them, (including the use of pop ups), sexting, the influence of popular and successful people who are openly homosexual or bisexual and are loved and featured in the media telling them it’s ok. And many teens as well are being encouraged and even pressured by their own peers to accept, embrace and even experiment with homosesual behavior/sin and view it as normal.
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