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Sanctity of Human Life, 2009

Jan 20th, 2009 Posted in Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy, Family, Theology | no comment »

Here is the transcript of a speech I gave to a local pro-life rally this past Sunday. I hope you find it useful.

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Let me say that I am more comfortable writing than speaking, but that the puppet show we just saw gives me an idea.. I can hide behind something and speak… solving the stagefright issue; I think they have it right!

Before I get into my little ‘talk’ here, I’d like to introduce my wife, Justina. There are two ways you can get to know Justina; just ‘be there’ after any event she’s in to chat with her, or read Proverbs 31. Either one will give the same picture and result.

So, how did a big, anti-social, biker-looking guy get involved with bioethics and the Sanctity of Human Life? My parents did not have children the old-fashioned way, and decided instead to adopt. I don’t know much about my birth mother, except that she gave me the gift of life, and that she also prepared me for eternal life by requesting that I be given to a Christian family. She gave me up at birth, and – after I had a two-week bout with jaundice – my parents picked me up from Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, CA in <mumble mumble>. They had the next baby boy put into the adoption system; two others were added the day I was born. We were one redhead, one blond, and one brunette. My parents, being blessed with the gift of discernment and having deep wisdom, picked the cutest; the redhead, yours truly. The joke was on them, when I was 8 months old, all my red hair fell out and I was bald. It grew back in blond, and as you can see, history does – indeed – repeat itself. I don’t expect it will come back this time; red, blond, brown or otherwise. Being adopted was the first step on my way to being an advocate for the unborn. Fast-forward a few decades and I attended a banquet for Hope here in town, and God’s time was ripe.. I signed on with Hope as a Board Member. I know that you’ve just heard an overview of Hope and its services, but suffice it to say that I believe that the staff and volunteers at Hope are devoted and faithful servants on a difficult battlefield. My hat is off to each of them.

[prayer], Father, help my words to be true and if in my human weakness I stumble and they are not, help them to fall on wise ears. Send each of the people in this room who submit to your will out into the world to hold up a banner that says, “every life matters, because each life is yours Lord”. In the name of Your Son, amen.[/prayer]

I’d like to talk about a hundred different things today, but because I respect you all more than that, I’d like to – instead – give an overview of the term “pro-life”, a construct for us to use as we think about this ideal we support and how to interact with others about our belief. Read the rest of this entry »

Got Something To Say?

Dec 20th, 2007 Posted in Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy, Kids and Parenting | no comment »

Jamie Lynn SpearsBritney’s little sister is pregnant; and it is CNN front page news. Do you have something to say about Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy? I’ll tell you, I sure did… but it was short-lived. Let me tell you why..

First, when someone comes to me with a problem in their life, I always ask them to stop looking out the window for the problem, and first look into the mirror for the problem. We can only change ourselves, and there are plenty of issues right there to deal with. I looked into the mirror and saw a man that was willing to pick the speck out of another’s eye, while ignoring the 2×4 in his own. I saw a man who – like the rest of society – was dazzled by bright and shiny things put forth by the media that are – almost assuredly – designed to make us stop looking in the mirror at our own issues. Why is reality TV and “bad news” so interesting? Because it fools us into thinking, “I am not like that person, so I am ok”. This is the very attitude that Christ condemned when speaking about the Pharisees. It was time to examine myself and why I had strong opinions on someone else’s sin. Read the rest of this entry »

Year and Subject?

Oct 29th, 2007 Posted in Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy | no comment »

In this year, by a 7 to 2 margin, the Supreme Court finally decided a very vexing question which had troubled the citizens of the United States for many years. In this decision, an entire class of people in the United States were labeled “not legal persons” according to the U.S. Constitution and therefore could receive no protection under that founding document. Those who opposed this decision, were met with the following; “You say it is against your moral, religious, and ethical convictions? Then don’t have one, but don’t impose your morality on me. This is legal!”. What was the year and what was the subject? Read the rest of this entry »

Abortion: A “Man Problem”

Oct 24th, 2007 Posted in Abortion, Crisis Pregnancy, Men's Ministry | no comment »

Yeah, I said it. It turns out that when we investigate the cause, the “reason” behind a woman’s decision to abort, the highest number of women (over 38%) state a response to pressure from a husband or a boyfriend. A man’s mere presence can influence a decision as well. If a woman’s partner is present but unsupportive, she is at four times greater risk of choosing an abortion than if he is present and supportive. If the partner is absent, she is at six times greater risk. But these are only “response” metrics, what about men and their actions before pregnancy are responsible for this? Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus: Lord or Savior?

Sep 20th, 2007 Posted in Crisis Pregnancy, Pneumatology, Prayer, Soteriology | no comment »

Folks, when I decided to attend the CareNet annual conference in Louisville, KY this year, I thought that I would learn a lot about what a Board Member at a Crisis Pregnancy Center should do. I thought I may – perhaps – even intersect with people of faith and encounter reflections of our Lord here and there, but I certainly would learn how to do more things for the Kingdom here on earth. What I didn’t know God had in store were deep lessons about what He wants me to be for Him. Read the rest of this entry »