Browse Worthy: Is the Tide Turning on Planned Parenthood?

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.

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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 […]


Is She In Heaven?

How do you answer that question?  How do you answer it when it is being asked by the deaf mother of a 26 year-old woman who has fallen 15 stories to her death?  Should the fact that this is the first time you have met the mother affect what you say?  Should the information that the quiet young woman wrestled with drug addiction influence your response?  Should your answer be colored by the fact that you will be conducting the funeral in 48 hours time?

We are all asked a variation of the question every day aren’t we?  Every day of our lives people ask us to make a choice.  A choice between telling them what they want to hear or telling them what we know God says in His Word.  Sometimes, like on this occasion, the context is unbelievably hard.  But surely the key to being able to speak the truth in real, genuine, tender love on such hard occasions is speaking the truth, gently and graciously, in the day to day simple issues.  What’s the secret to doing that?  What’s the secret to answering the daily ‘tell me what I want to hear’ questions that come our way?  The secret is abiding […]


The Place Where Reformed Theology and Life Hang Out and Eat A Burger

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 […]


My New Friend

When we are seen together in the evening service, often one of us is asked a question.  “Barry, how did you meet Thomas?” or “How do you know Pastor York, Tom?”  Thomas is new to our church, so it is an honest question.  But it probably is also due to the fact that in some ways we are different.  He’s in his late 60’s, fairly short, nice and portly, with a head full of gray, bristly hair and a grizzled face, usually wearing the same blue shirt; I’m the middle-aged, taller, bald guy with a more modest paunch wearing my wife-pressed shirt with my wife-selected tie.

So how did I meet my new friend?

Three months ago I was heading into a session meeting one night when I saw Thomas standing on the street, looking at the church sign.  When I said hi and asked if he needed anything, he started asking about whether we had evening services.  As any pastor knows, this is a very unusual request for help!  As our evening service schedule was entering into a confusing period, with special services in different buildings, I did the best I could to explain then we parted company. Several days later, he […]


He’s Invested Too Much

Last month the Chicago Blackhawks won their sixth Stanley Cup Championship as a professional ice hockey franchise. More impressively, this is their third title in the last six years. Given the team’s recent dominance, it might be tempting to conclude that winning was easy. It certainly was not. The team battled injuries throughout the regular season and entered the playoffs with the third seed in their division. In the conference finals, Chicago trailed in a best-of-seven series, three games to two. At a particularly low point in that series a television interviewer asked Joel Quenneville, the coach of the Blackhawks, whether or not he had considered pulling his starting goalie. Quenneville’s answer got my attention. To the in-game interviewer Quenneville said, “No, not at all.” And then he gave his logic: “We’ve invested too much to do that.” Quenneville was communicating that he stood behind his all-star goaltender, Corey Crawford, and that he was not about to introduce an element of uncertainty or doubt at a point in the season when everything was on line. The coach and the team were “all-in” and Crawford was their guy. Crawford […]


Where Does the Journey End?

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 […]


A Modest Proposal: We Are the Satire

“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or broiled.” Those words came–not from a supporter of Planned Parenthood–but from the “savage and merciless satirist” of the eighteenth century, Jonathan Swift. Nevertheless, his dark satire bears an eerie if not almost prophetic resemblance to contemporary society.

For those unfamiliar with Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” it’s generally regarded as one of the greatest pieces of satire ever written. It was penned during the industrial age of the eighteenth-century. During this time the Irish were living in terrible conditions fraught with poverty and starvation. In 1720 Swift wrote an essay titled: “A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture,” that called for the boycott of all things English. Subsequently, it was condemned and Swift was severely censured. Failing to get the support he wanted to answer to the economic and social trouble of the day, in 1729 he wrote “A Modest Proposal.” In it he suggested that the only viable solution to relieve the Irish of their hardships was to sell their babies […]


Beware the Me Monster!

We all know a few Me Monsters. And if we’re honest, we’ll do just about anything to avoid getting caught by one at Wal-Mart- even abandon carts or children to slip down a side aisle. Commando crawling isn’t out of the question.

But anyway, I kind of feel bad for Me Monsters. They’re usually nice people. It’s just that they can’t stop talking about some particular point of interest. Forty five minutes later you’re still nodding, standing there, waiting for that small crack of a moment to initiate your departure. But “Oh, wait… I missed it! No! I missed! They’ve turned a corner to a new topic!!!”

I can’t help but think that Me Monsters are ultra lonely or neglected somehow. But then again maybe it’s not that. Maybe it’s just selfishness? But could it really be the case that they simply don’t care about the lives of others?

Surely not. Then again…


Textiquette for Teenagers

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 […]


Augustine on Using Another Preacher’s Material

In the Digital Age, with so many other men’s work available at SermonAudio, blogs, ministry websites, etc., every preacher wrestles with using another man’s material. Augustine, in his fourth book on On Christian Doctrine, has some wisdom to offer us regarding this matter.

In his frankly titled Chapter 29, “It is permissible for a preacher to deliver to the people what has been written by a more eloquent man than himself,” we find the following words of wisdom.  I have broken this chapter up into sections and added above them my own summary statements of the principles.

1) If your conscience will not allow you to use another man’s work, then do not do it.

If, however, he cannot do even this, let his life be such as shall not only secure a reward for himself, but afford an example to others; and let his manner of living be an eloquent sermon in itself.

2) If you do not know how to compose a text for a sermon, but have found someone who has done it well, then use it.  Just be sure to give credit to the one you quote so as not to plagiarize.

There are, indeed, some men who have a good delivery, but cannot compose […]