Condoms not always safe - Guest Blog Print E-mail

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The following post is a letter to the editor published October 25, 2012, in The Moultrie Observer. It is posted here by permission of the author, Patricia Lee June, M.D., a pediatrician practicing in Moultrie, Georgia and member of the PPL Board of Directors.

Dear Editor:

Recently, a Rant and Raver in a comment mistitled "Safe Sex" asked, "What's so bad about a student having a condom? With a condom, the student is hopefully having safer sex. Without the condom, do you really think the student is abstaining?"

Certainly the risks of a student (or other unmarried person) having sex with a condom are less than without a condom, but that does not mean that having sex with a condom is not "so bad" or by any means "safe", nor should we assume that no students are abstaining from sex.

What are the possible consequences of having sex outside of marriage, assuming that a condom is used? I will address my comments to the parents of the boy.

Spiritual Lessons of Adoption Print E-mail

adopt1AThirteen months ago, when my wife and I felt called to pursue an international adoption, we expected it to be a rollercoaster filled with paperwork, travel, stress, and excitement. Little did we realize just how much God would use this process to help us understand the gospel in a new way. Indeed, I’ve come to see adoption as simply the best analogy for our redemption in Jesus Christ—the picture of the gospel par excellence. Yet, many Christians have not yet come to appreciate that the story of salvation is a story of adoption, as Paul writes in Galatians 4:4-6: "God sent forth his redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption." In other words, redemption is not the end of the story; God redeems us so that he might adopt us as his very own.

Heart to Heart: Three phone calls that changed my life Print E-mail

Marie smAugust 1988

A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted a 1983 document, Covenant and Creation, a policy statement of the PCUSA which said that abortion could be morally acceptable in certain circumstances. I read that article and that statement and out of the depths of my being rose the cry, "The Church should not say that!" I was disturbed to the point that I told my children, "Mommy needs to go to her room for a few minutes." I went into my bedroom, closed the door, and fell to my knees saying, "God, you have tied me to a dead body" (meaning the PCUSA which I had joined only a few months earlier) "You have to let me leave this denomination." A silence fell in my spirit and I sensed that God did not approve of my reaction. Weakly, I added, "But if you show me clearly within 24 hours that you want me to stay, I will obey You."

Changes at PPL Print E-mail

j0409656Change comes with new life.

Change sometimes disrupts our lives.

Even welcome change, like the birth of a baby, can throw our lives into chaos for a time. Surely the lives of those in the path of Hurricane Sandy have been changed in devastating ways. It will take a long time for families displaced from their homes to find 'normal' again.You may have noticed that PPL did not post a newsletter in October. There is a reason for that. The Bowen Family was busy moving. Oh! No, we did not change our residence. Instead, we moved the PPL Office. We have moved (from a 950 square foot 6-room office space) into the Bowen home. Most of the office remains in our garage while we strive to make space in our home for the furniture, technology, and files necessary to carry on the work of PPL.

A Tribute to The Rev. Benjamin E. Sheldon Print E-mail

Ben2The Rev. Benjamin E. Sheldon, President Emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-Life went home to be with his Creator and Savior on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. He was 83. We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend and a tireless voice on behalf of the unborn.

Ben attended countless General Assemblies in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to speak out against denomination policies that condoned abortion, because "it is the right thing to do." I (Marie Bowen) was privileged to work closely with Ben in producing Daily Delivery, PPL's GA newsletter in my first years as a volunteer for PPL. In those hours of editing to meet a deadline, I had opportunity to observe Ben's gentle patience and servant leadership. His faith in God was authentic and the fruits of the Holy Spirit were evident in his life. Ben was a mentor and pastor to many on the PPL Board and the GA team as he provided leadership during years of explosive growth in the scope and work of PPL.

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