“Compelled by the gospel, PPL EQUIPS Presbyterians to champion human life at every stage.” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Deborah Hollifield   

Fotolia 103606599 S Conversation over coffee"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

"When Billy Graham passed away on February 21, his obituary listed his age as 99," I said to my friend over a cup of coffee. "He lived to be almost 100," said my friend. "I think he did live to be 100," I said. "Why would you say that? His birthday was in November," she replied. "That's right," I said, "and November is nine months from February. If he was born in November, that means he was conceived in February. The Bible says that God knows us and calls us in the womb, and that all the days that are ordained for us are known by God before we're born.* I think God would say that Billy Graham did live to be 100."

That's what a "life conversation" between friends can be like: mutually interesting, spontaneous and casual, inoffensive, thought-provoking and apolitical. When we are thoroughly equipped – when we have internalized a holistic understanding of life from God's viewpoint – examples like this can spring up regularly in the ordinary course of our days.

At Presbyterians Protecting Life, we're working to help all Presbyterians become well-grounded and equipped to speak God's view of life into their personal relationships in rational, contextual and natural ways. No aggression. No uncomfortable, forced confrontations. No judgment. No fear.

Sometimes congregational leaders avoid life conversations and ministries because they are concerned about "stirring up controversy." Sometimes members of aging congregations think there's no point in entering into a pro-life ministry, because, they say, "we have no young people in our church." PPL can help you identify the place where you and your friends can enter into the life-issues conversation anywhere along the life-spectrum – not only from fertility and pregnancy, surrogacy, sex-selection, and abortion – but including adoption, children with special needs, abortion recovery in later life, palliative care and hospice, assisted suicide, euthanasia and end-of-life matters. One of our most popular publications addresses God's forgiveness and personal healing.

God's truths about life at any place along the life-spectrum are applicable to every place along the life spectrum: you can enter into the conversation at the stage that best matches your own context, and use that as a jumping-off point to applying God's truth to the stages you, your friends or your congregation find more difficult. Wherever you enter in, the discussion can flow naturally towards applications you find more challenging.

For more than 40 years PPL has collected and published resources from some of the best Reformed thinkers. In addition to informative topical pamphlets, PPL has a vast archive of theological papers, books, Bible studies and other printed resources – and is working to develop video resources - for use in small group settings, Bible studies, Sunday schools and worship for you to use in your own context. In addition, we can arrange for speakers, and provide leadership resources to help you begin your own life-championing ministry.

By leading small groups of passionate Christians into life conversations that match the context of each congregation; by helping people explore the whole counsel of God; and by encouraging local action, PPL hopes to instill the confidence in God's Word that will serve to help you to become a champion for life in all contexts and at every stage from fertilization to natural death.

*Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5



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