So let’s keep them coming. Here is the fourth Center for Medical Progress video.
When the first of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood came out, I stated that the mainstream media was not giving this issue much notice. I now gladly recant of that opinion. As the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to unveil other videos, each one more telling of the awful practices of the abortion industry than the previous one, the major networks are now having to cover it.
We need to use this opportunity to continue to press the wickedness of murdering the unborn deeper into the consciences of our fellow citizens. Doing so will not be easy, for too many care more for an accidentally killed lion than a wrongly butchered baby. Yet we need to be informed by watching videos such as these below, praying for God to awaken consciences, and being prepared to speak to others. As we do, let us remember to do so humbly as Rosaria Butterfield reminds us in this post.
The second CMP video showing a Planned Parenthood executive discussing pricing:
Fox News report on the third video:
The third CMP video showing workers inside a Planned Parenthood clinic negotiating prices:
Brit Hume’s commentary on Fox News was piercing:
I conclude with George Stephanopoulos’ interview of Planned Parenthood’s […]
Gentle Reformation bloggers, Barry York, Kyle Borg and Austin Brown, are excited to present a new podcast, 3GT. Three Guys Theologizing.
It’s quite simple, really. We want to bring you a show that blends the interesting and humorous with the distinctly theological.
In a word, we want to be substantively entertaining. Well, that’s two words, but you get the idea.
In order to accomplish this feat, a professor, a pastor and a mailman have been thrown together, microphones in hand, ready to talk about everything from the supremely mundane to the uniquely bizarre. Think of us having Calvin’s Institutes open with a baseball cap on or discussing Jonathan Edwards while eating a burger.
This is the place where theology bumps squarely into everyday life.
Just to give you an idea of what we talk about, in the first episode we discussed the horn-like shingle that popped out on one of our foreheads, we told stories of being attacked by frothy mouthed dogs (one was a pit bull!), we explored the joys and terrors of ordination to the pastorate (think examination), and a fair bit of time was spent talking about small town living with an emphasis upon Kyle’s dog, Huckleberry, who has become something of […]
In April, when Indiana Governor Mike Pence and legislators called for a “fix” to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act to exempt discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Scott McCorkle, a LGBT activist said, “Today is a positive first step, but it is a first step in a larger discussion [to] acknowledge the importance of equal rights for all, and I am excited about what will come in the next step of our journey.”
Indiana seems poised to consider the next step in providing protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Both democrats and republicans claim to be hard at work crafting legislation for the next legislative session which begins in January. The discussion of an anti-discrimination law is heating up at a federal level. But the Hoosier State may well be first in the spotlight this coming winter, and the media which profited greatly from the RFRA debate will eagerly cover the ensuing discussion. In other words, Hoosiers can expect the issue to dominate headlines again with everyone talking about it.
If this is the next step in the journey, then all Hoosiers ought to be asking where the journey leads and […]
My children will tell you that I’m a bit of an old fuddy-duddy when it comes to cell phones and texting. For a long time, I refused to get texting on the phones, much to their chagrin. After all, I reasoned, I did not want to add any more interruptions to my day, much less invite them, so why should they? When I finally did allow for texting capability, I did not tell people for a long time I could receive texts and still use it pretty rarely. (Except when I can send my family something like a video link to a chameleon popping bubbles. Then it has some merit.)
Anyway, like I say, texting makes me grumpy, especially when I see my children being rude with it. Should we not sit our kids down and have some good, old-fashioned, Emily Post time with them about texting etiquette? Here are five basic rules of textiquette I try to encourage my kids to consider.
Stay in the conversation you are already in. Do we not train our children it is bad form to interrupt a conversation others are having? Do we not also teach them to pay attention when someone else is speaking to them? So how is a text any different? Why let […]
The release of video footage of Dr. Deborah Nucatola speaking of harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies is horrendous. Yet, the yawn in response on the part of many is unsurprising. The video exposure caused me to think, “We’ve shown these kinds of things before. Yet, people have not been shaken.”
The event caused me to dig through my files for a speech I delivered in the 1995 Right to Life Oratory Contest. That speech which was delivered twenty years ago is copied below. It invoked the horror of a particular abortion incident twenty years before that. But, our culture was desensitized in 1975. It was desensitized in 1995. It remains desensitized in 2015. Sadly, bare knowledge of murderous practices and realities does not convict the heart of sin or move the soul to pursue justice.
That is not to say that we should cease from exposing the evil deeds of darkness; we must not cease. But, only the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will turn hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. To this end we must pray until we say as a nation with David of old, “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, […]
Though being mainly ignored by the mainstream media, the video capturing a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling body parts of aborted babies is all over social media. What makes this sickening tape all the more so is that the woman, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, with the ironic title of Senior Director for Medical Services, causally boasts of this practice while enjoying a fine meal and glass of wine.
Below is the video in case you missed it, along with commentary from some of the prophetic voices of our day. These hard facts and truths are shared with you in the spirit of Ephesians 5:11.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
Al Mohler: “A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation
Collin Hanson: EVIL, LEGAL, AND COMMON
Philip Holmes: Five Ways We Fight for Children
Russell Moore: Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling
Carl Trueman: Congratulating Planned Parenthood
Douglas Wilson: Ghouls
• Oxford mathematician and Christian apologist, John Lennox, recently gave an encouraging and enjoyable talk on Daniel. He expanded upon the theme of faithfulness, challenging us to, as his title suggests, go against the flow. A Q and A session at the end brings the total listening time to 1:10:20.
• There’s an old saying, “When I went to school, I had to walk uphill… both ways… through four feet of snow!” Well, in the fascinating documentary, On The Way To School, that impossibility nearly becomes reality. Watch as four different groups of kids embark on their (almost) daily trek across harsh but beautiful landscapes to school.
This one can and should be watched with the entire family.
Here’s the trailer.
• The “already-not-yet” nature of justification has been the subject of some interest to me over the years. Tucked away in his massive tome, A New Testament Biblical Theology, G.K. Beale offers a helpful presentation on the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, along with a careful consideration of the eschatological dimensions of justification. You can read more in the chapter entitled, The Inaugurated Latter-Day Justification. That will require you to of course pick up his book, which you can do here.
No one likes to be sad. Mourning and weeping and wailing are quite out of line in our modern pursuit of happiness.
But the Bible knows better and so should we. There are many true and beautiful things upon which we may cast our minds (Phil. 4:8), but there are also many hateful and destructive things which we may not ignore.