Our Call to the Presbyterian Church

We call the Church to renew its historic and biblical stance of opposition to the destruction of innocent human life through abortion. We call the Church to renew its commitment to preserve and nurture life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death.

We call the Church to cease its approval of abortion; to withdraw funding of abortion and abortion advocacy; to remove the unlimited coverage of abortion from the Presbyterian Medical Plan; to discontinue participation in and support for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

We call the Church to support women in problem pregnancies in sacrificially compassionate and loving ways that allow both mother and child to live and be blessed by God. We call the Church to provide tangible help and a community of belonging for women and children in need. We call the Church to support and promote adoption and the many community pregnancy care ministries that provide alternatives to abortion.

We call the Church to hold up high standards of morality for the children in our congregations, and to nurture and support family life.

We call the Church to extend the means of grace to those involved in abortion, to lead them gently to repentance and to aid their full restoration of fellowship with their heavenly Father and with the body of Christ, the Church.

Abortion will not help victims of Boko Haram’s violent rapes Print E-mail

Boko-Haram-720x320Orignal post on A Christian Manifesto, June 11, 2015

Few things have wrenched my heart like the plight of the young women and girls abducted from their Nigerian school by Boko Haram and violently and repeatedly raped and impregnated by terrorists. I have not written about it because the horror these girls have experienced leaves me wordless, stunned, grieving. But, now many of those girls have returned, pregnant, and are once again facing victimization by those who would use them to further the cause of abortion rights.

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Living well at the end of life Print E-mail

Generations Fotolia 39593370 M prtNotes from a sermon by Dirk Lesnett, Elfinwild Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), June 14, 2015, Glenshaw, PA

Text: Leviticus 19:32 "You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD."

"White haired persons are to be respected and honored."

That's what the Leviticus text means says Dirk Lesnett, Pastor of Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw, PA. He referenced a phrase coined by Tom Brokaw during NBC's coverage of a D-Day memorial, "The Greatest Generation." Brokaw's book by that title describes a generation united by a common goal and common values of duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and responsibility for self.

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Children in Crisis - Why Money isn't the Answer Print E-mail
Written by Garold Andersen   


Popcorn: a special treatThankfully most of Africa has officially restricted or rejected abortions, but this has not halted the crisis for the unwanted children. Even in cultures that don't endorse abortion, a strong bias exists against single mothers and orphans. In many rural African communities unwanted children live under a stigma, detached from the concern of the community. You hold a key that can drastically impact their lives and it isn't your money.

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How Pro-Life Are We? Print E-mail

KevinSmith news file68Kevin M Smith, Pastor of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN, asked this challenging question in a sermon at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, June 10, 2015.

Text: Matt 5:21-22 & Exodus 20:13

"A Pro-life movement tied to the Republican Party is not pro-life enough," began Pastor Smith. The Sixth Commandment is our "pro-life mandate," he stated. We need a "robust and biblically centered" pro-life movement that addresses not only abortion on demand but a number of other issues as well.

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Peacemaking Begins in the Womb: Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam   

Abortion should top the list when churches speak out against violence

Ethan7smHow would our nation be different if we had as many signs publicly displaying the beatitudes as we did the Ten Commandments? The beatitudes, or blessings, are those eight sayings of Jesus Christ from his Sermon on the Mount that are recorded for us in Matthew's gospel chapter five. One of those beatitudes is "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." As followers of Jesus we are called to be peacemakers. We should work to make peace within our households, our neighborhoods and communities, and in the larger world.

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