Have we lost hope in God? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 50907112 SWhat do cultural conflicts over abortion and assisted suicide reveal about the state of Christian faith?

On my mind this week has been the overwhelming need for the Church of Jesus to walk out the hope of the Gospel which lives in us! Hope in God is needed precisely in the issues that cause conflict—abortion and assisted suicide are two--where the Christian message of hope in Jesus Christ and the secular value of autonomy collide.

The Good News -- that the Son of God came into our world, entered the womb of Mary, was born, lived a perfect life, taught radical life changing truths, willingly submitted to an excruciating death, and took your sin and mine and our death penalty to give us life—has changed everything on the planet. It is our best, and really only, reason for hope. Without Jesus the nothingness of death is everyone's future. But simply believing in Him nets life forever! Despair during suffering is inevitable unless I believe God is greater than my circumstances and then Love's comfort, Love's hope is more real than the data input of my five senses.

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Light in the Darkness Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Matthew Weldon   

Original post by LIFE ISSUES FORUM November 7, 2014. Re-posted here by permission.

Aaron Matthew Weldon (USCCB)A person might choose to have an abortion, or to commit suicide, for a variety of reasons. A single woman may not feel that she can afford to take care of a child. A terminally ill husband may not want his wife to watch him suffer. People are driven to these tragic acts for deeply personal reasons. But there is more going on here. In these painful stories, where people choose against life, a pervasive emptiness, a spiritual darkness, comes into view. That emptiness is not limited to individuals, but is a part of our contemporary culture. An underlying despair threatens to permeate our modern secular society today.

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Violence and the wrath of God, BUT mercy, love & grace! Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 3333682 XS1I have begun a careful reading of the whole Bible. I've read it before but this time I am reading commentary along the way and pausing to meditate. I am habitually on the lookout for passages related to how God values human life, but I was still surprised by the centrality and strength of the life theme in the early chapters of the Bible. I am seeing with fresh eyes the unfolding of God's wrath in response to human violence and human murder, BUT, also in those first pages of the Holy Bible is the hopeful promise of mercy and love and grace.

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When abortion hurts Print E-mail

Fotolia 52601999 XSIs your church prepared for ministry to those who have experienced abortion?

Is it possible for a church to take a strong stand against abortion and still create a safe place where women and men can share their abortion stories and find grace and healing for past abortions? One PCUSA church whose stand against abortion was posted in a statement on their website also had a vital ministry to post-abortive women and men. Creating a safe place for grace began by including in their abortion statement the words: "...always seeking to convey God's pastoral forgiveness, acceptance, and healing to any who have already participated in the trauma of abortion."

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The unwanted child (born/unborn) —WWJD? Print E-mail

Eddel-compositNo child is truly 'unwanted.' God has created every child for a purpose. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." What might happen if every presbytery responded to 'unwanted' children like Jesus?

The Presbytery of South Alabama took time during their two day August presbytery meeting to consider ways they might act like Jesus toward unwanted children, born and unborn.

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