Lessons From a Pregnant Hostage

October 28, 2019 ...

It was 1974 when I was taken hostage by a liberation front seeking independence for Eritrea on the horn of Africa. What my captors didn’t know as they forced me to run for miles is that I was four months pregnant. My co-nurse and friend, Anna, was killed during that race. This was the year …

The Future of Roe v. Wade

October 28, 2019 ...

Justice Blackmun’s opinion in Roe made up a right to abortion in American history, and admitted that because a woman “carries an embryo and, later, a fetus” that “[t]he situation therefore is inherently different” from any previous precedent decided by the court. There is nothing in the text of the Constitution mentioning “abortion” or “privacy.” …

Thoughtful, Knowledgeable Voices

October 25, 2019 ...

The state prosecutors had already threatened the pastor with jail if he refused to testify about his conversation with the accused. I had done enough research on the clergy-penitent privilege to know that many states, including the state in which the pastor lived, recognized only a very narrow privilege for a clergy member not to …

Let There Be Life

October 23, 2019 ...

“It’s a boy!” The 2 a.m. phone call came to me because I was their pastor. The new dad called me first. I was the 25 year old pastor of a congregation averaging under 200 on Sundays in a Colorado town of 23,000. The numbers didn’t matter. It was about the life of a newborn …

Cultivating a Pro-Life Congregation Without Being Polarizing

October 21, 2019 ...

Teach Scripture We start by teaching Scripture, which contains all the power and wisdom of God. Our words may not change minds but God’s Word does. Abortion may not ever be abolished politically. Even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the issue returns to the states, and many of them are pro-abortion. If outlawed in …

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made?

October 16, 2019 ...

One is that all human beings bear God’s image (Genesis 1:27), so we should reject technologies that attempt to modify or eliminate this essential aspect of human nature. A second is that children are not products, but begotten gifts (Psalm 127:3-5), with whom God has been present from the beginning (Psalm 139:13-14). A third is …

Today’s Abortion Conversation

October 14, 2019 ...

This possibility has pro-life and pro-choice groups firing up their respective constituencies and flexing their advocacy muscles. New York and Virginia have taken the approach of codifying their statutory rights to abortion, allowing the procedure up to the point of birth if necessary to protect the life or health of the mother. North Dakota, Georgia …

Groanings Too Deep for Words

August 6, 2019 ...

In the flood of explanations and proposed solutions there is the realization that no single solution is enough to stop the slaughter. As Christians we read the words from Romans 8 in the New Testament about “the sufferings of this present time” and that “we do not know what to pray for as we ought.” …

How Water Damage Turned Into Blessing

July 31, 2019 ...

While our church leaders were going through the Church Generosity course, the church custodian found water damage in the church’s crawlspace. Contractors then found that our church building had structural damage that would need to be fixed as soon as possible. What we hoped would be an easy fix turned into a $100,000 project. For …

7 Ways to Bless Your Pastor

July 31, 2019 ...

A pastor’s week is filled with early morning meetings, office hours, visitations, counseling, sermon preparation and prayer, evening committee meetings and weekend worship services. Yet research shows the majority of pastors make less than $50,000 per year and do not receive health insurance benefits or retirement contributions from their churches. So, here is a list …