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FreedHearts

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In this very special episode, we’re going to share something that came from a mom of transgender daughter.She wrote it to share with her pastor, with anyone, who is trying to sort out transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary—trying to under
Our transgender children and family members and friends are beautiful. And beloved. Living their authentic lives.What an amazing truth. Amazing stories. Amazing beauty. False teachings, binary thinking, denial can cause us to miss it all – and
Some Christians mistakenly suggest that if you take the Bible seriously, you must stand against the existence – as well as the health and even humanity of transgender people.Actually, the OPPOSITE is true!In this episode, we are going to talk a
In this episode, we are going to get a little crazy and talk about cults!   :-)Big word. Scary word. But maybe a little closer to our lives, a little closer to home than we think.So, what makes something a cult? We give you 25 attributes of a c
So, how are you doing?  Any family issues?? We have some... we have family holding events, celebrating and we were not invited.  We have celebrations with part of our chosen family.When family is at odds over core beliefs and major heart issues
“What if you’re wrong?”  People ask us this all the time, and then usually follow up with “Aren’t you afraid of leading people astray?”  This seems to be the underlying fear for so many Christians.We have addressed this on an individual level b
Ahhh, the joys of Christian guilt. (sigh)In this episode we talk about how this guilt deeply impacts those in the LGBTQ+ community.  Specifically how false teachings and manipulation have been systemically used to cause people to hate who they
In their ongoing pursuit of "religious freedom," people step over the bodies of LGBTQ+ youth literally stranded on the street! They turn a blind eye to horrible injustice all around them. Why?? In order to maintain their ideal of pretending the
Gaslighting is an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control, where victims are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up d
In this episode, we pay another visit to the FreedHearts Podcast Inbox!We answer questions from our listeners like…  “How can someone be transgender when God doesn’t make mistakes?”  “Why do you say the LGBTQ issue is a dealbreaker in church?” 
“A Love Letter to My Non-Affirming Christian Friend” This is a very special episode.It is specifically meant to be shared with anyone who is not fully accepting and affirming their lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender child or loved one.It is
Homophobia in the church is so overt, so common, that if you say, "I’m a Christian." – you have to quickly add “But I affirm LGBTQ!” because it’s just assumed you’re homophobic! What happened?? How do people still in the nonaffirming church not
When you look at non-affirming Christians, and you look at Jesus, they often seem as far apart as they could get. There are so many things that many Christians are doing and believing that are so unlike the Jesus they claim to follow. But they
“What if you're wrong about LGBTQ+?” I've been asked many times. And in this episode I will give you my answer. I am also asked, “How do you know for sure if you are right or wrong?”  If you are out there and you are wondering… We have an easy
Have you heard this? “Okay, okay, you’re gay, but you just can’t act on it.”This is a common thing out there: “What about gays just not having sex?” Let’s be honest, this is a copout to make non-affirming Christians feel better – but it only ad
Conversion Therapy / the Ex-Gay Movement – the awful effort to try to get LGBTQ+ people to somehow not be gay anymore! You’ve heard of it, maybe you've experienced it. Today we are going to talk about two things: First… the big lie – the fraud
“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin??“ We're Calling Bullsh*t!!"Love the sinner, hate the sin??" Wait, what?? It sure doesn't feel like love to those on the receiving end. You know why? It’s not! It’s homophobia disguised as love.Is it from the Bibl
Can we talk about Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles standing up for her mental health, and how this relates to people in the LGBTQ community? Let’s talk about self-care, self-advocacy, and being shredded by armchair critics who have lost their human
Today is a very powerful, important episode. We talk about how to deal with abusive people. How do we love people who are tough to love? Is a toxic relationship worth fighting for? Is it unloving to step away from abusive people?How can we get
Paul has been pulled from context, and misused to shame, reject, condemn and bring great harm to those in the LGBTQ+ community, and people who support them.In this episode we discuss whether Paul is about legalism, law and bondage? Or is he abo
Being the Dad of an LGBTQ Child! This is a very special episode for Dads of LGBTQ kids - or about your Dad, or about the Dad of someone you love. Today, I talk about the core issues unique to being the Father of an LGBTQ child. I’ll give some t
What About Anti-Gay Religious Leaders? The Pope, evangelicals, denominations...  What about anti-gay religious leaders? With such deeply-held beliefs and traditions, how do we respond? How do we free our hearts from the impact of these religiou
The Deconstruction Journey: What About Sin?  Have you been told you are in sin? Called a sinner? When you question this – you are often immediately labeled a heretic or an apostate or maybe someone who was never really a Christian to begin with
Love That Feels Like Love!What does it mean to love? We’re told to love, and many people will treat others horribly and claim they are loving. Many of you have been on the receiving end of terrible treatment and then been told that they are lov
“Dealing with Dysfunctional Family Rejection”If you are part of the LGBTQ community - or an affirming parent - and you are experiencing rejection from family, we are so sorry. It has nothing to do with you. It reveals everything about them and
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