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Mini-Conference—Abortion Clinic Sidewalk Ministry

Join Us Day: Thursday, February 6 Time: 6:00-9:00pm Location: 571 Highway 126, Bristol, TN, 37620, Seventh Day Adventist building. Directions HERE. What: Abortuary Ministry Mini-Conference with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., Orientation & Training with Evangelistic Minister Charles Humphrey & Babies Are Murdered Here film viewing Why Should I Go? If the thought of sidewalk ministry in front of the local abortion mill is intimidating to you, you’re not alone. This mini-conference put on by Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol Tennessee is FREE and open to all who would like to attend. Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be speaking on. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Why Won't My Pastor Preach Against Abortion?

Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Three Reasons I’ve Heard Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what. . . Read more »

Ask RC: How open should we be with small children about great evils like abortion?

As a lifelong homeschooling dad I’m used to the charge that I am guilty of “sheltering” my children. (My response to the accusation is simple- what are you going to charge me with next, feeding and clothing them?) I’m not ashamed to shelter my children. I was still a boy when my own father bestowed on me what he called “Patriarchal Principle #1”- You don’t have to live in a garbage can to know it stinks. So my children do not consume mass media as freely as many of their peers. They don’t know what sexting is, nor do they. . . Read more »

Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills?

Ask RC: Should Christians protest at abortion mills?

Yes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem as. . . Read more »

Ask RC: May women preach at abortion clinics?

Of course not. Not only may they not, but they can not. They are not permitted to, and they are not able to. They may not preach because preaching is a function of those called to that ministry, those who rule in the church. And Jesus tells us that women are not to teach in the church and are not to rule over men in the church (I Timothy 2:12). It is, however, precisely because they may not that they can not. To be more clear, preaching is the authoritative exposition of the Word of God, given from one with. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Why Won't My Pastor Preach Against Abortion?

Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second.  Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what you have against grey. . . . Read more »

Abortion: Pro-Lifers and the Art of Compromise, part 2

In politics we are told, the art of compromise is brought to bear fruitfully in the struggle between parties and opposing ideals. The cherished hopes of right and left, conservative and liberal, are often fought under the precept that everyone must give a little in order to reach an agreement. Compromise then, is seen as almost an ideal, something for which to strive in the effort to rule well. Those who are unyielding, who refuse to shake hands at some center, are viewed as obstinate perfectionists who are playing at a game wrong for them. Those rare few are thought. . . Read more »

5 Reasons the Church Stands Guilty Over Abortion

Five Reasons The Church Stands Guilty Over Abortion

It is my conviction that too often those of us who think ourselves prophetic are actually cowards. One can easily enough, in the evangelical church, earn a reputation for boldness by railing against the sins of either an unlistening world, or the church down the street. We stand in the streets of Jerusalem pronouncing God’s judgment on Nineveh. Or we preach against the sins of Jerusalem while safe in Shiloh. Trouble is, my prophetic words against safe prophetic words are safe; they will generally find welcoming ears. That is, no one who reads me making this case is likely to. . . Read more »

Roe v. Wade—40 Years and Counting (to 55 million Abortions), part 1

After 40 years of public battles over this American holocaust there is no end in sight. Pro-life (or ostensibly pro-life as we shall see) activists have lobbied, picketed, introduced legislation, worked on committees, and in general made noise for their position. Entrenched against the pro-life advocates stands the unyielding pro-abortion crowd. As we enter this fifth decade of battle it seems fitting to consider, or more wisely perhaps, to reconsider, how better to structure our resistance. Now, the very word resistance indicates a passive or defensive position. No one who is advancing in their cause uses the word resistance. Resistance is what. . . Read more »

Ask RC: What kind of people walk into your local abortion mill?

There are any number of common myths, lies we tell ourselves, to somehow make it all seem not so horrible. The first lie is that the clientele at the local mill is made up of sweet faced high school girls who got carried away with their boyfriends, and come in blissfully ignorant of what goes on inside.  There are people at the mill that fit this description, but they are exceedingly rare. The second lie is that they are women in hopelessly desperate straits that see no other way out. The boyfriend has threatened to beat her if she doesn’t. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Should Christians refuse to pay taxes when they are used to finance abortions or other great evils?

Taking Abortion Seriously It is one of my great passions, the desire to see me, and the evangelical church take the evil of abortion more seriously, to have our hearts more deeply broken, and our actions more faithful. We have all, I fear, come to accept the status quo. We are content to vote for Republicans hoping they will give us justices that will slow down the horror. What we are generally unwilling to do is go through any kind of hardship to stop abortion. When I am asked about this, should we stop paying taxes, I am at least. . . Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Go to Your Local Abortion Mill

Five Reasons You Should Go to Your Local Abortion Mill

I know it is a scary thought. I know it is outside our comfort zone. And so at best we pray for those who go, those spiritual super-heroes that are better than we are. At worst we get angry at them for making us feel guilty. Going to the mill, however, will not save your soul, will not assuage your guilt. Jesus did that. If you will go, however, you will no longer fear, but will know that He is with you, wherever you go. Here then are five reasons you should go, pray, speak. First, you should go to. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Is it just to kill abortionists?

Yes, and no. Yes it is just for the state, which has been given the power of the sword as God’s minister of justice (Romans 13), to put to death those who take it upon themselves to commit murder. Abortion is murder. Those who perform it, and those who procure it, in a just society, would receive the strongest civil penalty there is, death. Both, of course, like the rest of us, can and are forgiven by their Maker if and when they repent in Christ. The many millions of Christians in the church who are tainted by guilt on. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Is abortion ever permissible?

No. Abortion, whether it be surgical, or chemical, or even a hormonal means to avoid implantation of the unborn child, is always wrong. It is the taking of the life of a judicially innocent human being which is not only wrong, but an abomination. Most of you, I suspect, are already persuaded that abortion for frivolous reasons is wrong. Many of you, however, likely also have a list, longer or shorter, of exceptions to that rule. The easiest one to deal with is the health of the child. Some of you may believe it fitting to abort an unborn child. . . Read more »

Ask RC: How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions?

God calls us to think His thoughts after Him. That means all of His thoughts. That is, we ought to have a sound and biblical view on everything the Bible touches on. Where it touches on political issues, we are called, again to have sound biblical views. We need to think biblically about what is just war and what is not. We need to think faithfully about taxation, and the size and scope of government. We need to think through what obligation, if any the state has to protect property, to protect our lives. That said, there are precious few. . . Read more »

Ask RC: How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions?

God calls us to think His thoughts after Him. That means all of His thoughts. That is, we ought to have a sound and biblical view on everything the Bible touches on. Where it touches on political issues, we are called, again to have sound biblical views. We need to think biblically about what is just war and what is not. We need to think faithfully about taxation, and the size and scope of government. We need to think through what obligation, if any the state has to protect property, to protect our lives.

Who’s Your Daddy?

Darkness of the World This past weekend Ligonier Ministries hosted its annual conference, the theme being “Overcoming the World.” I was blessed to hear some amazing preaching, as with every year. Voddie Baucham reminded us of our three great enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil. Robert Godfrey spoke on our call to stand, as our father Athanasius did before us, contra mundum, against the world. We talked about the evils of abortion, the stunning rout of the homosexual lobby is shifting public opinion. I am not leaving the conference, however, squinting to find a silver lining around the. . . Read more »

Thieves in the Temple

Rhetoric is a dangerous thing. Not only can we use over the top language to inflame the heart and blur the mind, but perhaps even more often we use soft language to dull the heart and ease the mind. My friends at Babies Are Murdered Here have found their simple message a powerful one not because it is incendiary language, but because it is plain and straightforward language. That it jars on the ear is proof of our own spiritual drowsiness. Thieves in the Government When in the past I have argued that the government is a den of thieves. . . Read more »

Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

Preaching the Gospel at the Gates of Hell All is not actually fair in love and war. And the enemy of my enemy is likely not to be my ally. Two days ago I had the occasion to speak to a group of pro-lifers on ministering outside abortion mills. My desire was to explore how the gospel is what is needed at the gates of hell. I wanted folks to understand we are not there to protest, to affirm, “We oppose what you are doing. We are offended, and we insist you stop.” Neither, however, are we there merely to. . . Read more »

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40 Years of Abortion Debate Rhetoric is a slippery device. Sometimes we use it to obfuscate, sometimes to clarify. Sometimes, however, our attempts to clarify betray us, and we end up obfuscating. For over forty years now Christians have entered into debate on the abortion issue. We brought the wisdom of God’s Word. We brought the latest information from genetics. We brought profound moral philosophers. We wrote learned journal articles, engaged in nuanced debates. We thought we were fighting for life, but is it just possible that the devil was successfully turning our labors into policy conundrums, political fodder, even. . . Read more »

Basement Tape #66: True Religion

Weekend FREE MP3—True Religion

FREE Weekend MP3 Download—Basement Tape #66: True Religion Highlands Ministries offers a free download of Basement Tape #66, a conversation on true religion. It will be available for free today through Sunday. Don’t miss it! DOWNLOAD FREE MP3 What is True Religion? James says that it is to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. This is the very wisdom of God. And we foolishly miss it. We live in a culture that not only leaves the care of orphans and widows to the state, but abandons the most defenseless among us,. . . Read more »

Loving God's Law & Legislating Morality

Loving God’s Law & Legislating Morality

by Rev. Marion Lovett Legislating Morality The law is good. Application of the law is good. In fact, we have to apply the law in order to keep it. In addition, I believe our government ought to legislate morality. For either it will legislate morality or immorality. After all, we do support outlawing abortion. Don’t we? Sabbath breaking, like murder and abortion, was an offense that required capital punishment in order for justice to be met. So legislating Sabbath morality is good. God blessed Nehemiah when he did this (cf. Neh 13:15-22). The problem, however, comes when we go beyond. . . Read more »

Babies Are Murdered Here movie

Babies Are Murdered Here—41 Years of Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade—41 Years of Abortion Today is the 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in this country. Also today, Crown Rights Media, released their long-awaited film, Babies Are Murdered Here (watch it below) in which Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is interviewed extensively as one of those who has been a tireless voice for the unborn. This film is a journey into the darkest corners of our culture where Babies Are Murdered . . . Here. Few are willing to go to these dark corners to do anything, to say anything, to even. . . Read more »

Hosea: Sound Teaching Bible Study

Hosea Bible Study — New Release!

Hosea, the latest in our Sound Teaching Bible Study series is now available in our store. This study helps give us a right perspective on what we are really like, what Jesus has done for us, and how astonishing the gospel really is. The story of the gospel is not that Jesus, the knight in shining armor, came to save the beautiful princess. Instead, that He came to rescue, and remake, the ugly hag. In this study of Hosea we explore God’s loyal love for His wayward people. And we will stand on the sure and certain promise that He. . . Read more »

You Can Have it All — Join the You Get Everything club!

You Really Can Have it All

You Get Everything club Here at Highlands Ministries we are thankful for our ministry partners who help make possible the work that we do for the glory of God and the building of His kingdom. Our best supporters are people like you. Families who are encouraged and helped by the resources we produce. One of the most helpful ways that these folks support the ministry is by becoming members of our You Get Everything club. This club is a win win. Regular monthly support helps us to be able to plan our year, and allows us to focus our efforts. . . Read more »

Simply, Separately, Deliberately: An Interview with R.C. Sproul Jr.

Simply, Separately, Deliberately: An Interview with R.C. Sproul Jr.

Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian, and how did you receive the call to ministry? R.C. Sproul Jr.: I was raised by my parents in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. For that I am eternally grateful. Though I had a number of conversion experiences, my last while a student in high school, I never remember a time that I did not believe the Bible was God’s Word, that Jesus was God incarnate, that He died for our sins and rose again. Having turned to Christ’s work, and committed my life to His rule, I still did not perceive myself to being. . . Read more »

Secure Investments

The Sermon on the Mount is tough to swallow all at once. Though what we have recorded for us in Matthew 5–7 is significantly shorter than the sermons most of us are used to, it is on the other hand rather more rich than what we are used to. It is chock full of what could be discreet, independent units worthy of a lifetime of study—the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the exposition of the law of God, our calling to be salt and light. While I have not yet reached a full lifetime of considering this sermon, I have now. . . Read more »

Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game

It is, of course, no game, but is instead as intense, as ugly, and as earnest as sin. The devil, however, eager to protect games, ugliness and sin, wants us to forget what is at stake. He wants us to think we’re engaged in issues of mere strategy. He wants us to weigh and calculate, which, of course, is to give up the war. But babies are at stake. I was, just days ago, driving down to the Orlando Women’s Center. I knew that when I’d arrive my friend and hero John Barros would be there. He’s always there. With. . . Read more »

Blood in the Streets

Blood in the Streets

How prone we are to miss the drama. The tyranny of the urgent, the plainness of our patterns, and our propensity to look inward rather than outward all push us to regard our callings, our surroundings, and our souls as rather dull affairs. We read of the great upheavals of history, then find ourselves scraping the burnt remains of casseroles off dishes. We watch Hollywood make believe about terrifying invaders from outer space, then go home to balance our checkbooks. We, according to Jesus, construct foolish drama by worrying about what we will eat or what we will wear while. . . Read more »

Kids These Days

Kids These Days

It’s a funny thing about slippery slopes—you can slide down them slowly. The principle behind the concept isn’t that you must move swiftly from here down to there if you have no moral brakes, but that you will move. A slippery slope with a gentle incline will have just as much slippage, though sliding to the bottom may take more time. Consider the music our children listen to. My grandparents, I’m quite certain, were rather troubled by their children dancing to what we would now consider the positively clean music of Elvis. Between generations came the Beatles, who played in suits,. . . Read more »

We Have Met the Axis of Evil

We Have Met The Axis of Evil

It is my habit to challenge my brothers and sisters who spend time and energy denouncing this form of abortion, that reason for abortion, or the other context for abortion. The problem with late term or partial birth abortions isn’t late term or partial birth, but abortions. The problem with sex selection, multiple reduction or Down Syndrome abortions isn’t sex selection, multiples or Down Syndrome, but abortions. The problem with unsafe, unsanitary abortions in run down, unregulated buildings is not unsafe, unsanitary, run down or unregulated. The problem is abortions. The problem isn’t when, why, or how, they are murdering. . . Read more »

All Who Hate Me Love Death

All Who Hate Me Love Death

It is pandemic in the church. We tote our Bibles around. We affirm our commitment to the Word’s inerrancy. We may even read it faithfully. This, however, is well short of believing what it says. We still have to deal with our propensity to diminish the plain teaching of the text, to metaphor-phosize the text into oblivion. God says something straightforward, but shocking, and we turn it into something vapid, safe. Consider, for instance Proverbs 8:36b-All those who hate me love death. Jars the ears, doesn’t it? To make it more palatable we have a few options. First, we can. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Why do you write?

To make manifest the kingdom of God. My goal is change, to change me, those who read my pieces, and the world. My desire is that I, and those who read my pieces would become more like Jesus. And that the pieces themselves would show us who He is. Writing changes me, as it is at my keyboard that I do my best thinking about what matters most to me. Pieces are usually birthed while I am doing something else, taking a walk, buying groceries. But those nascent thoughts mature, become seasoned at moments just like this. Writing both listens. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Should Christians be patriotic?

If ever there were an illustration of the importance of defining our terms, this would be it. I suspect we all operate with a rather broad range of meaning for patriotic. No one, I suspect, would embrace a pure posture of “My country, right or wrong. My country.” Nor would any believer simply suggest that we are at liberty to hate our neighbors.  The trouble is that, just as we think those who hold us up on the highway are pokey and those who pass us are maniacs, so we are tempted to think that those who are less patriotic. . . Read more »

5 Reasons Bloggers Use Numbered Lists in Their Posts

5 Reasons Bloggers Use Numbered Lists For Their Pieces

We’ve all read them, and some of us have written them—those catchy little blog pieces that promise sometimes to give us 5 of this, or more boldly THE 7 of that. Perhaps like me you have puzzled over this numeric pandemic. So this morning I’ve been thinking it through, the whys and the wherefores, and thought my answer would make a nice blog post. Here then, they are: 5. To get you to read the piece. Bloggers write to be read, and when we see a pattern emerge chances are the bloggers will at least believe that following the pattern. . . Read more »

Good Day to You?

Good Day to You?

Emotions, generally speaking, do not come unmixed. Silver linings come equipped with clouds, even as clouds have silver linings.  Today Orlando Women’s Center, that particular gate of hell where I have, along with friends and family, proclaimed the message of Christ to baby killers, closed its doors. The day began with the police arriving. They cordoned off the building, even inviting my friend and hero John Barros who proclaims Christ there every weekday, to hang the police tape. They then loaded up furniture, paintings, and the tools used in the dark art of murdering babies on trucks and drove off,. . . Read more »

Babies Are Murdered Here

The spectacle of the Kermit Gosnell trial has captured the attention of quite a lot of Americans these past few weeks. At first the major news outlets refused to air the story but eventually they were shamed into talking about this sordid case. We have been dragged (shall we say) kicking and screaming through the gates of Hades to gawk at the horrors now laid bare. There we discovered again the masterful, beguiling language of the ultimate Evil Genius being worked toward its usual destructive ends. We found that “suctioning pieces” meant pulling off arms and legs of an unborn. . . Read more »

Get Him! In Defense of Justice

Alex was all of five years old. Her sibling had done something to her, I don’t remember what, and she was scandalized. She pointed up the stairs where the hardened little criminal had disappeared, and she looked at Brett, her eyes blazing fire. “Get him!” He was ‘got.’ And that was the end of that. I keep waiting for a hero to emerge amid all the gore and the horror and the wickedness of the Kermit Gosnell story. Maybe a mother who sat up and said, No. Maybe a co-worker who stepped between him and the baby and said, No.. . . Read more »

Preaching Coram Deo

Preaching Coram Deo

In a plane, on my way to address a large crowd, many of whom may well be hostile, fear is heavy on my mind, and truth be told, even on my heart. There are many who have a deep seated fear of flying. I am not one of them. For all the hassles, and all the close quarters, for all the waiting and being herded about like cattle, I like flying. It still amazes me that we are hurtling through thin air. Dominion becomes magic. There are many more who have a deathly fear of speaking in public. One study. . . Read more »

Evangelical Self Delusion

Evangelical Self-Delusion

It is because we love the world so profoundly that we think we’re already being persecuted. That is, we see ourselves as bold prophets confronting the sin of the world because we vote for candidates approved by the National Right to Life. We watch pundits on CNN mock us. We might even face a moment or two of awkwardness at work when word leaks out we’ve opposed to murdering babies. We conflate having our feelings hurt with being burned at the stake. We think that because we are, mostly secretly, part of that group the secular world thinks weird and. . . Read more »

The End of the World as We Know It

The End of the World as We Know It

We are a worldly people and we know it. Trouble is, we don’t know it well enough.  As the broader western culture sinks more deeply into the moral abyss, as even our anemic and apologetic Christianity is vilified and judged it becomes all too easy to awaken to the dangers of worldliness. And of course our worldliness is easy enough to find. Consider the evangelicals at your local abortion mill. One study, referenced here, suggests that evangelicals represent one of every six procurers of surgical abortion. Why? Sometimes it’s an unmarried young lady who wants to put her shame behind. . . Read more »

Dr. Sproul preaches to 5,000

Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. exhorted Christians to preach the foolishness of Christ crucified to this world and to stand boldly against modern evils such as abortion. The gospel is offensive and therefore we preach knowing that we will be hated for the sake of Christ. http://www.ligonier.org/blog/day-2-2013-national-conference/      

Hobby Lobby Heroes

In this first week of January, 2013, the Hobby Lobby legal fight is an opening salvo marking an historic moment for America and the American church. With the results of the presidential election in, and the direction seemingly set for our aggregate futures, it may be more than a bit surprising to the non-Christian (even anti-Christian) society at large to see the Hobby Lobby owners in a direct confrontation with the powers that be. Steadfast Christians that they are, they cannot in good conscience, pay for government mandated health insurance that pays for birth control drugs, some of which they. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Should Churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday?

It is a legitimate and important question- the appropriateness of celebrating the incarnation, the celebration of Christmas. I believe it fitting and appropriate, but am in turn always uncomfortable disagreeing with brothers to my right. I understand their concerns, and appreciate their passion for the regulative principle of worship. On the other hand, one can not rightly argue that the birth of the Savior is off limits in the pulpit. The Bible talks about it, and so we may preach about it. Given that, I cannot embrace a position that suggests we can preach about it, but not in December.. . . Read more »

Ask RC: Should Churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday?

It is a legitimate and important question- the appropriateness of celebrating the incarnation, the celebration of Christmas. I believe it fitting and appropriate, but am in turn always uncomfortable disagreeing with brothers to my right. I understand their concerns, and appreciate their passion for the regulative principle of worship. On the other hand, one can not rightly argue that the birth of the Savior is off limits in the pulpit. The Bible talks about it, and so we may preach about it. Given that, I cannot embrace a position that suggests we can preach about it, but not in December.. . . Read more »

Blackboard Priesthood

Blackboard Priesthood

Education is the sacrament of the Enlightenment. That is, when people caught up in enlightenment thinking, whether inside or outside the church, see a problem, their means of grace of choice is ever and always more education. The priests of the secular realm are, after all, educators. Consider all the public service announcements we are given on radio and television. Are Americans growing too fat? We run PSA’s wherein big brother tells us to eat our vegetables. Carnage on the highways? More PSA’s of big brother telling us not to drink and drive, and to buckle up. Every election cycle. . . Read more »

First Church of the Not So Bad

First Church of the Not So Bad

We are adepts not at fighting our sins but hiding them. We gather each Lord’s Day dressed in our smiles, share our praise reports and our health concerns, pat ourselves on our backs, and return home to our gross and heinous sins. We miss this in part because we are preternaturally positive about ourselves. We are willing to confess that there are some weak churches out there, somewhere down the road. There are destructive schools out there, but ours is one of the good ones. There are broken families out there, but ours is, as far as anyone can tell,. . . Read more »

Now that Obama was re-elected, what should we do?

Ask RC: Now that President Obama was re-elected, what should we do?

The church, after President Obama’s re-election, finds itself in serious trouble. Part of the good news is that at least she is beginning to recognize the trouble she is in. One wonders how many Christians would have been dancing in the aisles had the election turned out differently, and if we would have actually been in appreciably less trouble. During previous moments of mass fear within the church I have been asked what we’re supposed to do. When the housing implosion looked set to topple the entire economic house of cards under President Bush, when President Obama started racking up. . . Read more »

Talkin' Bout' My Generation

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

In January we will face a most grim anniversary. Within a matter of months we will have lived through a full generation of legalized abortion across our nation. Forty years and over fifty million tiny little babies intentionally murdered by paid assassins, at the request of their mothers. Few would challenge that Francis Schaeffer was the father of the evangelical pro-life movement. It was he who first commented on the intersection of the world of abortion, and the church when he said, “In front of every abortion clinic there needs to be a sign that reads, ‘Here by permission of. . . Read more »

Five Bad Ideas Birthed from Fear

Five Bad Ideas Birthed From Fear

There are, in the end, essentially only two forms of ethics. One approach is pragmatic, the other principled. Pragmatism on its own, of course, is always incomplete. That is to say, we can’t answer the question of what works until we know what it works for. Ethics, for instance, in Soviet Russia affirmed that the good is that which promotes the interests of the party. Utilitarian ethics affirms that the good is that which promotes the most happiness for the most people.  Whatever you plug in as the goal, pragmatism then picks what best serves the goal. The principled approach,. . . Read more »