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Preferred Pronouns, White Fragility, and Favorite Books

04/27/22

John Stonestreet

Shane Morris

John and Shane are asked how a student should respond to his college requesting him to identify his preferred pronouns. John explains how using one’s name is unique from a person’s preferred pronoun. He also shares how choosing a pronoun says something distinct about what male and female are. 

Along with emphasizing the importance of understanding the issue, John emphasizes the way in which a person engages the issue of pronouns. He encourages the listener to respond with light, not heat. 

For another listener’s question on the topic of “white fragility,” John explains what white fragility is, where it originated, and how it’s become a theory of everything. He notes that it isn’t helpful to be reactive whenever a conversation on race presents itself, giving some helpful tips to guide conversation to a constructive end. 

To close, John and Shane respond to a listener about what young people can do now to prepare for the future. John encourages them to read books, find a mentor, and critique habits. 

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Resources:

Dr. Meriweather Stand on Pronouns
John Stonestreet and Maria Baer | Breakpoint This Week | 2022 

A Rebel’s Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love amid the Noise of Today’s World
Sean McDowell | Tyndale | 2022 

Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage
John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell | Baker | 2014 

 

White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo | Beacon Press | 2018 

 

Cultivate
Jeff Myers | Summit 

Miracles
C.S. Lewis | Harperone | 2001 

The Four Loves
C.S. Lewis | Harperone | 2017 

Perelandra
C.S. Lewis | Scribner | 2011 

Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis | Harperone | 2001 

The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis | Harperone | 2001 

Knowing God
J.I. Packer | Intervarsity | 1993 

The Holiness of God
R.C. Sproul | Tyndale | 1998 

Dancing with Max
Emily and Charles Colson | Zondervan | 2012 

Through the Gates of Splendor
Elisabeth Elliot | Living Books | 1981 

The Journals of Jim Elliot, repackaged ed.: Missionary, Martyr, Man of God
Jim and Elisabeth Elliot | Revell | 2020 

Confessions
Augustine | Moody | 2007 

The Way of the Modern World
Craig Gay | Wm. Eerdmans | 1998

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