Browse Worthy: Gender Identification

It is amazing how quickly the gay rights battle is morphing into a transsexual one.  As men and women harden their hearts more and more against the Creator whose image they bear, they rebel against everything, even their own gender. When Times magazine features on its cover a picture of a man in a dress with the caption “The Transgender Tipping Point,” and Rush Limbaugh is speaking favorably with transsexuals, you realize you cannot avoid discussing an issue that in your parents’ day would have never been mentioned publicly.  As a pastor, I had to speak to those involved in gender confusion in my counseling office.

In these confusing times, here are some helpful articles from past and recent days that will help set our thinking straight (no pun intended).

The Briefing by Al Mohler.  Penetrating analysis of the transgender movement in light of the Times cover.

This Strange New World by Tim Challies.  A prediction eight years ago that gender issues would be confronting us wherever we turn.

Conservative Christianity and the Transgender Question by Russell Moore.  Words for dealing pastorally with this issue.

This Poor Child is Confused, not ‘Transgendered’ by Matt Walsh.  Perceptive insight into the family raising their young girl to be a boy.

Laverne Cox is not a Woman by Kevin Williamson.  Laverne Cox is the person posing on the Times cover.

Top Ten Books for Dads by David Murray.  Though masculinity means more than being a father, it does find one of its chief expressions through this role.  Here’s the Top Ten Books for Mothers also by David.

Female Heart by moi.  Please excuse this self-promotion, but I did explain from Scripture a while back, in work I did for a Woman’s Retreat, why being female goes beyond being a wife or mother and deeper than a woman’s physicality.


  1. Jeff Kessler June 7, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I listen to Rush quite often. Are you sure his speaking favorably of transsexual rights was not “tongue in cheek”, sarcasm, or satire?

    • Barry York June 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Jeff, no, I don’t think so. He was speaking to a someone who was offended by his use of the word tranny (too crude to link to it, but you can Google if you want). He clearly makes favorable remarks about this lifestyle that in the context seem to me not to be satire. But I’d be glad to be proven wrong.

      • Jeff Kessler June 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

        I was listening that day. I even remember where I was…exterior painting near the front door of the Lafayette church. I also just read the transcript and I can see how it would lead you to believe one thing. But, I was listening live and I’m fairly confident by the tone of Rush’s comments, he was messing with the guy/gal. Obviously this is not something I could prove.

        As a 20 plus year listener, I also know a bit of the track record. I’ve heard Rush very seriously discuss the issue with CA parents concerned with (proposed) laws which would allow “confused” boys to use the restroom with their teenage daughters at school.

        • Barry York June 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

          I did edit slightly the sentence, so as not to suggest he was actually advocating for rights as you indicate. Thank you. But I am not convinced, as I too both heard and read what he said before this post, that his words were only in jest regarding the lifestyle.

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