Should we talk about Abortion in the Church? Print E-mail

These words from Terry Schlossberg & Elizabeth Achtemeier (1994) ring true for the Church today. Excerpt from the introduction of Not My Own: Abortion and the Marks of the Church, p. 7-8

©imabase - Fotolia.comThe Centrality of the Subject

The heat generated by the abortion issue in our culture has led many pastors and lay people to consider it an inappropriate subject for the church. They believe that discussing abortion is like deliberately setting a torch to the church because, in their minds, it divides believers and diverts their attention from the primary role of the church to preach the gospel, pastor the sheep and teach the faith. "Let us put this abortion debate behind us," urged the wife of one pastor, "and get back to what the church is supposed to be doing."

That is sheer blindness to what is happening, because abortion expresses our society's increasing cheapening of and careless disregard for human life.

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What are Presbyterians saying about Planned Parenthood? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 81617626 MNothing! I searched half a dozen Presbyterian and Reformed denomination websites and found no articles or statements responding to videos implicating Planned Parenthood (PP) in the illegal sale of baby body parts. PP has long been involved in abortion—the evil, horrific, but legal ripping apart of tiny human beings.

I have read social media responses to the videos exposing PP's callous disregard for unborn humans by individual Presbyterians, and I know a few pastors who have made references to PP in recent sermons. There are some Presbyterians speaking on behalf of the unborn, but those who hold denominational leadership positions that grant an amplified voice (and who often speak against injustice and evil threats to human life) have chosen to be silent about the atrocities perpetuated against the tiniest human beings by PP.

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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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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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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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