The Gospel according to Christopher: I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.
Avoiding Trinity: I remember being told not to start sharing Jesus with a Muslim from John’s gospel, because John begins heavy on the Trinity. And we surely we want to find common ground before we get onto such complexity. It betrays two assumptions.
Raising Kids the World Will Hate: Raising kids who are ready to be hated means raising kids who unashamedly love God even in the face of loathing and alienation. Regardless if the insults of the world are naive or legitimate, I pray our children will be ready to stand firm in the midst of a world that hates them.