No Nest on 73rd Street

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, […]


Love (III) by George Herbert

In posting about the darkness of our age earlier this morning, I thought I would share the poem below.  In a class I am in being taught by Dr. Dennis Johnson, he read aloud this poem with tears. One help in reading these verses is each time you see Love to substitute in the name of Jesus. Truly Love will conquer all.

Source: George Herbert and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Poets  (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1978)

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Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
                              Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
                             From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
                             If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
                             Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
                             I cannot look […]


Browse Worthy: Planned Parenthood

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


Thoughtful Thinkers

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about such things.
~Philippians 4:8

Congratulations on being pro-choice! No…not like that. But by making a choice to click here and read this blog post, you made a choice to think about something. It’s a choice people seem to forget they have.


A Little Bit of Everything

• 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.

 


Two Dates My Epitaph

Corrupted from the womb,
Consigned to damning tomb –
Two dates my epitaph.
Soon chiseled upon stone,
Story of my life.

Yet He came forth!
First a babe 
From virgin womb,
Then a man
From virgin tomb.

A babe delivered,
By mother’s anguish,
Grew to receive 
Sin’s imputation
And the death it brings.

A man raised,
By Spirit’s power,
Now victorious
Over sin’s invasion
And death’s vain sting.

So now I,
United to Him,
Have two dates my epitaph
As my life’s story
No more.


Solomon’s Three Stages of Adulthood

Of the five books of wisdom in the Old Testament, three of them commonly have their authorship attributed to Solomon. Interestingly, we might roughly divide adulthood into stages that each of these books reflect. In so doing, this gives us general guidelines for consideration that would help us understand more fully the particular admonitions of wisdom found in each book.

Proverbs: The Stage of Anticipation. Clearly Solomon collected these proverbs to give guidance to his son who is in early manhood.  Repeatedly he calls his son to listen to him, as in each of the first seven chapters the address “my son” is found (1:8, 15; 2:1; 3:1; 4:1, 10, 20; 5:1; 6:1; 7:1).  He knows as his son goes out into the world, he will basically encounter two worldviews.  Since Solomon knows his son will be thinking about woman anyway, he personifies these worldviews in what we might call Mistress Folly and Woman Wisdom.  Both are persuasively calling to him (see chapter 9), with Mistress Folly offering immediate pleasures apart from God’s ways that will only lead to his ruin.  That is why Solomon warns his son so constantly against immorality and adultery.  Instead of this disastrous path, he wants his son to cultivate an inner […]



Rainbow Colored Questions With Replies

You may have noticed a recent article by Kevin DeYoung. It was entitled, “40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags.”

The questions were both succinct and well-framed. Answering them honestly forces one to grapple with fundamental issues.

Following on the heels of DeYoung’s article, well known advocate of gay marriage, Matthew Vines, posed his own 40 question list. His were likewise meant to catch the unthinking off guard.

Given the colossal import of the subject, Christians ought to answer his questions. See how you would handle them. Discuss it as a family. The times demand it.

As one might very well imagine, a number of different Christians have replied. Two noteworthy responses have come from the pens of James White and Douglas Wilson. They deserve attention.

To stress again, I’d encourage you in particular, fathers, to sit down with your family, discuss the questions, wrestle with the replies and help prepare both yourself and your loved ones for the inevitable, namely, that moment when you will be asked a straightforward question about sexual ethics.


Daddy Notes

Recently I stumbled upon some unread notes from my youngest daughter written to me quite some time ago. In discovering them, my heart was touched by how much our children need our small acts of love.

She had typed them into the Notes App on my phone, presumably thinking I would see them but not realizing I use this app very infrequently. Written when she was age ten, here is the first of three excerpts.

December 12, 2012

I love you so much daddy!…Thank you also for reading the Hobbit with me! I’ve been having a great time snuggling and reading with you! <3 Well, I should stop now…….<3 you again,

Love, your daughter, Celia

I do not share these notes to impress you with my parenting skills.  Rather, these little emotional snapshots impress upon me, as I hope they may you, how young hearts cry out for attention from their parents and respond warmly when it is received.

Clearly snuggling to read The Hobbit was a theme, as was wanting just to do something with Daddy.

January 3, 2013

Hi daddy!  I love you so much! Maybe we’ll be able to read the Hobbit tonight and snuggle! We also need to have a snowball fight!

Love,

Celia Marie York

The next note reminded me that the dates […]