Brett.Ullman

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The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families

In the things we agree on Unity, the things we disagree on Liberty but it all things Love. In all things LOVE! We seem to be missing this last one when I read articles like this one in Rolling Stone.

This is not the time or place for a debate on pro or against LGBT lifestyle but a challenge for those of us who claim to be part of Christian Faith to actually live out the things we sing, talk about and read in scripture.

When I read this article and heard that this Christian mother said this to her daughter

“I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,”

This is speaking death to someone.  The Bible is clear about the tongue and its power. The lifelong destruction by the words of these parents in this article so lack any conversation of hope, mercy, and grace. It seems crazy that we have Christians kicking their kids out of their houses then other churches or organizations might be helping the same kids when they are on the street.

For those of us who work with youth, this seems to be a growing conversation. Teens and Young Adults hurt and broken by the conversations and language used by parents, leaders and other Christians.

This article leaves me with a weird feeling of great sadness mixed with great anger.

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The Root Cause of Stress in Kids

Great stuff here for parents.

Each of the twelve mistakes tends to fall into one of four categories:

  • We risk too little.
  • We rescue too quickly.
  • We rave too easily.
  • We reward too frequently.

If you stop to think about it, we parents make these mistakes because we don’t want to fail, nor do we want our kids to fail. So we refuse to let it happen. When our kids perform poorly, we praise them anyway. When they forget something, we rescue them. When they finish an average assignment, we rave like they’ve just won a gold medal, assuming it will build self-esteem. This does not produce a healthy adult.

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