Qualified to Speak: An admiration of Glenn T. Stanton

A question often asked of me while Affirming Gender is how to deal with friends or loved ones making gender decisions we feel are bad for them. A book I often recommend, especially if short on time to answer, is Glenn T. Stanton’s Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth (2014). Mr. Stanton gets gender in a …

Her Needed Voice

I was feeling quite happy. This king was only eighteen years old, but the last ten years had shown the royal colors. Finally, I was thinking as we walked along, a king who actually trusts the priesthood.

Alternative Trans-Stories

There is no shortage of stories in the media of how wonderful it is to transition from one sex to another. But the microphone never seems to be handed to the people who have done it and then come to see a better way for themselves.  This lack has been addressed by Pure Passion Media/Mastering Life Ministries in their 105 …

How Does This Gender Talk Square with the Westminster Confession of Faith?

A thoughtful pastor recently asked me, where is this gender teaching of yours in the Westminster Confession of Faith? As a Presbyterian minister, isn’t that your doctrinal standard?  So shouldn’t you be deriving your doctrine with reference to it? It is a good question. It might be re-phrased: Where is gender in the confessional standards of the Christian Church?   …

The Amazing SRY Gene: The Male On-Off Switch

The waterfall of information pouring forth from the mapping of the human genome continues to supply wondrous insight into our selves. One of these watershed discoveries came when the British researcher, Peter Goodfellow, identified the SRY gene as the male on-off switch (Nature 348 (1990): 448–50).   When we say that a person’s sex, male or female, is in the …

AffirmingGender in Summer So Far

I have had some great times Affirming Gender so far this summer, and can give some good reports.   Encountering the select assembly from Millersville Bible Church in June was so very encouraging because I met a group of people who wanted to actually do something to help those with sexuality difficulties. Lancaster County—always full of surprises. Their enthusiasm testified …

Want It in a Nutshell? The Seven Christian Principles of Gender

Gender is a big topic. It is easy to get lost in the different considerations about maleness and femaleness, evaluating gayness and monogendered relationships, identifying femininity and masculinity, and treating gender dysphoria and traipsing through transgenderism. Let me make it real simple for you by stating the seven main principles that I see the Bible  teaching us about gender. There …

Wonder Woman’s Lopsided Inspiration

The newly released, and surely best, DC comics movie is cleaning up at the box office. For good reason. The story is compelling and moving, the actors talented and handsome, and the fighting very cool. It is too bad that in all the ways WW can inspire young women, she is not able to teach them what will make their relationships intimate.

Announcement for Subscriber Friends

Dear Subscriber, I want to thank you for welcoming me into your email-box during these past months. I consider it an honor to have your attention for my posts and I take your subscription to mean that you are thinking with me about the important issue of gender. This makes me happy.   For the past five months, I have …