Thursday, February 17, 2011
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
My dad is the director of Apologia Academy and they are offering a class on Monday nights on Bible Study Methods. See the attachment for details. It will be taught by author, teacher and apologist, Doug Beaumont. The class is normally $225 + $25 to register, but my dad will waive the registration fee and discount it to $150 total for the entire semester (that's $100 less than normal). The class starts on Sept 13, so sign up soon.
To get the discount, you need to register and pay full price as usual, but then my dad will refund the $100 back to your credit card. This is a great opportunity and I encourage you to: 1. Take the class yourself; and/or 2. Spread the news about the class to anyone you think would be interested! All ages are welcome. Forward this email to all your Christian friends and family.
1. Create an account here: https://www.apologiaonline.com/aareg/index.asp?iFlag=720
2. Click on "Add a student" and list yourself and whoever else in your family will be taking the class.
3. Go to list of classes and register for Bible Study Methods - Evening Adult Class : https://www.apologiaonline.com/aareg/index.asp
4. Complete registration and pay.
5. Email Larry@apologia.com and let him know you need the refund.
Purpose of the class: According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Scriptures are important means by which a
Christian is to discern God's will, and the Bible serves as the only inspired authority in the life of a Christian.
Proper Bible study, therefore, is of utmost importance in the life of every believer. This one-semester class will
not just reiterate the importance of studying the Bible, but will focus on the principles involved in proper
interpretation of the Bible, laying stress on the historical–grammatical method of deriving the author's meaning
as expressed in the biblical text.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Many Hollywood movies have been made chronicling the stories of Holocaust survivors. Some have even documented the rescuers and heroes during this time (Schindler’s List, Defiance). A scarce few, however, highlighted the impact that the church—both Protestant and Catholic—had on the rescue efforts.
As I perused the “Rescue and Resistance” section of the museum, I couldn’t help but notice a pattern. Many of the prominent rescuers were priests, pastors, nuns and religious people with strong convictions for the sanctity of human life.
If you’ve never heard of Sophie Scholl and The White Rose, look it up or rent the movie Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. Sophie and her brother, Hans, were college students compelled by their Christian faith to speak out against Hitler and the Nazi agenda through non-violent means. Their leaflets influenced thousands, and they were martyred for their courage. They quoted extensively from The Bible and unequivocally challenged people to wake up from their indifferent slumber.
When I visited the Holocaust museum’s web site, I found further evidence of the church’s impact during the Holocaust (emphasis mine):
Some European churches, orphanages, and families provided hiding places for Jews, and in some cases, individuals aided Jews already in hiding … In France, the Protestant population of the small village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon sheltered between 3,000 and 5,000 refugees, most of them Jews. In France, Belgium and Italy, underground networks run by Catholic clergy and lay Catholics saved thousands of Jews.
Two ministers led the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the effort to hide Jews, provide forged I.D. cards and help them escape to safety, even though some residents were arrested and one murdered by the Gestapo. The Yad Vashem, a Holocaust remembrance organization, recognized the town with the title, “Righteous Among the Nations.” The gratitude Yad Vashem feels towards recipients of this award is best summed up this way:
Attitudes towards the Jews during the Holocaust mostly ranged from indifference to hostility. The mainstream watched as their former neighbors were rounded up and killed; some collaborated with the perpetrators; many benefited from the expropriation of the Jews property. But in this world of moral collapse there was a small minority who mustered extraordinary courage to uphold human values.
At the end of the museum tour is a section called “From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide.” Its purpose is to direct the righteous anger and indignation (elicited from viewing the horrors of the Holocaust throughout the museum) from emotions to action. Thus, the display encourages visitors to fight modern genocides in the world.
As you might’ve guessed, abortion is never mentioned.
In the feedback notebook provided for guests, I implored the museum to include abortion in its genocide display. In my note, I referenced Deuteronomy 30:19, which is prominently displayed on a wall in the museum. It reads, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”
Choose life that your offspring may live.
As I exited the museum, the heroes section lingered in my mind; specifically, the overwhelming presence of the church in the rescue efforts. I thought of the slavery abolitionist movement. It was Christians who ran underground railroads, preached anti-slavery sermons that shifted the culture and infiltrated the government with pro-personhood legislation.
I said to my mom, “If the churches in America stood united against abortion, we would see an end to it.”
Instead, the Episcopal, Presbyterian (USA) and United Methodist denominations have official pro-abortion stances. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development undermines Catholic teaching by supporting pro-abortion organizations. Groups such as the YWCA and the Salvation Army have distanced themselves from their Christian heritage and shifted their positions on the plight of the preborn.
As for the majority of American churches, abortion is a taboo subject. There may be one or two pro-life activists in a congregation, but they are just the token radicals.
Many Christians have become apathetic and indifferent, letting a few passionate individuals do the work that all Christians should be doing. Jesus is supposed to be our example, and he was radical. His message of caring for the “least of these” is for all Christians. He didn’t proclaim ear-tickling messages. He made people uncomfortable in their complacency. He never backed down from the Truth, and eventually, he was crucified.
William Wilberforce, one of the most influential slavery abolitionists in England, whose story was captured in the film Amazing Grace, said, "If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large."
Most church leaders do not hesitate when asked to collect food for the homeless or fill shoeboxes for Christmas. But when they’re asked to pray outside an abortion mill or allow a pro-life speaker to make a presentation, it’s a whole different story. No one gets upset when a church collects a special offering for Haiti, but bring up abortion and you may very well have controversy. So be it. The 50 million children dead from abortion deserve our passion.
In the past, when the body of Christ, the Church, rose up in opposition to an injustice, earth-shaking things happened. Slaves were freed, rights were restored and killings ended.
The first leaflet of the White Rose asked something that Christians in a country with decriminalized abortion should ask themselves every day: "Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes—crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure—reach the light of day?”
May the Christian churches remove the veil from its eyes and expose the horrible crime against humanity that is abortion. Only then will it end.
Plan A: Hormonal birth control
All hormonal forms of contraception can kill (thepillkills.com). "Kill what?" You ask. For one, they can kill young human persons trying to implant in their mothers' wombs. In addition, young women taking hormonal birth control have died of strokes, pulmonary embolisms, cancer and the list goes on. (I'm sure you've seen the advertisements for attorneys just salivating to take your case “if you've been injured by Yaz.”) And thirdly, the pill kills the environment. Do you really want to put into your body the same chemicals that create deformed, sexless fish?
Plan B: Emergency contraception (EC) a.k.a. the morning-after pill
Recently, I've seen TV commercials for this detestable product. They try to convince consumers that Plan B does not cause an abortion. The ad says, "Plan B is not the abortion pill; it does not work if you're already pregnant, and it won't terminate an existing pregnancy." This is a lie. If a woman has released an oocyte (ovulated), which has been fertilized by a sperm, forming a new human person, then Plan B can prevent the new human from implanting into the uterine lining where he/she would continue the growth process and receive nourishment.
Then, there's this lovely motto in the commercial: "Sometimes the unexpected happens, if it does, there's Plan B."
Unexpected? Because women don't know that having sex can lead to pregnancy? I thought schools were teaching such things these days?
The National Institute for Reproductive Health has deemed today, March 24, "Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign Day of Action (BUYBC).”
This so-called national campaign is attempting to remove any restrictions that still remain in accessing EC (age limits, in particular). The people behind this day would like to see EC in the hands of women of every age. In fact, they'd like to see EC sold next to and purchased with the same frequency as mints and gum in the local pharmacy.
To promote BUYBC, the web site instructs students to spread the word about EC on campus by "hosting a party, film screening, 'battle of the bands' or sporting event” where they can “distribute BUYBC materials on what EC is and where teens can get it."
An EC party? EC battle of the bands? EC sporting event? Riiiiiight. Let's celebrate that sinking, panicky, shameful feeling one has after a night of wickedness and self-indulgence that would prompt one to frantically seek out EC.
Plan C: Medical or surgical abortion
If Plan A (abortive contraception) fails or you skip over Plan A completely, then go to Plan B (higher-dose abortive contraception). If both fail, Plan C is abortion, which, unlike A and B, always results in the death of a child.
The term "family planning" and thus, Planned Parenthood, cannot be divorced from abortion. Even pro-abortion groups admit this. The addition of "family" or "parenthood" to the names only veils the deadliness of the “plans” involved and exposes the hypocrisy and delusion of the death peddlers.
Instead of having a variety of “plans” to cover up one’s sin (plans that damage you and your offspring), plan to be chaste. Plan to practice self-control. Plan to obey God. And execute those plans. That kind of planning and action results in joy and peace.
Today, while some are celebrating “Back Up Your Birth Control Day,” remind yourself and others that purity, self-control and chastity don’t need a back-up plan.
Lisa Twigg, a regular Rock for Life volunteer, accompanied me on the trip. Thank you, Lisa, for taking great photos, helping man the table and being a great traveling partner on the drive down to Charlotte.
The Charlotte 40 Days for Life event was called “Get Plugged In" and combined outreach to get more people involved in the pro-life movement and a celebration of the success of the Spring campaign! It was especially designed for teens and young adults, but there was something for everyone!
Dr. Christopher Tollefsen, a devout Catholic, author and philosophy professor at University of South Carolina, spoke first on personhood and defending the pro-life position.
Then, I shared stories from the front lines of the abortion battle. I encouraged Christians to step up and fight the injustice of abortion just as they would've during slavery or the Holocaust.
I explained what sets Rock for Life and American Life League apart from other pro-life organizations, namely personhood with no compromise.
The audience was excited to hear about annual Rock for Life projects and events like National Pro-life T-shirt Week and Training and Activism Weekend. In fact, nearly twenty people left the event with this year's NPLTW shirts.
There were around ten additional pro-life ministries from all over Charlotte present with tables. This gave those in attendance a chance to find a ministry to serve all year long, whether it be a crisis pregnancy center, adoption agency, post-abortion recovery ministry, maternity home or Rock for Life.
In between the two main speakers, a video with photos from the 40 Days campaign and info about the 31 saves played, along with a clip from Horton Hears a Who. Many who stood outside the abortion mill shared their powerful experiences. It was a powerful presenation.
At the end of the evening, we indulged in a birthday cake, complete with 31 candles representing the number of children saved from abortion in Charlotte alone during the 40-day vigil. I encourage all people to get involved with your local 40 Days for Life or if there's not one, start one in your community. It is a life-changing, life-saving opportunity.
If "authorities" cannot tell the difference between a born infant who has died of natural causes and a preborn child murdered by a "physician," then why should the law recognize a difference in which one is protected?
The media, police and hospitals involved are reacting to the discovery of at least 21 dead human beings and they aren't even sure how these little people died. This incident prompted the government to order health authorities to "launch a general overhaul of body treatment at all local hospitals." Body treatment, not the treatment of products of conception or the treatment of pregnancies or the treatment of fetal tissue.
If these babies were killed by intentional abortion, then they would be deemed (in both China and the U.S.) medical waste. In fact, one of the bodies was found wrapped in a plastic bag and marked "hospital waste."
After the discovery, two mortuary workers were fired and held in police custody, and two high-ranking hospital officials were suspended from their posts.
A city government spokesman said the incident exposed “a serious loophole in the hospital’s management and indicates a lack of ethics and legal awareness of some hospital staff. It exerts a very negative impact on society and teaches us a profound lesson.” And what lesson is that? He doesn't say.
But, instead of commenting on the complete and utter disregard for human dignity, the Xinhua news agency assured people that the river where the babies were found "was not a source of drinking water for the city" and "had not been contaminated." Oh, how comforting. Wouldn't want the blood of dead babies contaminating your water supply, now would we?
The river may not have been contaminated, but the hardened hearts and societal mores of China sure are.
Thankfully, the reporter mentioned how common abortion is in China, particularly because of the one-child policy. The article even discusses the preference for favoring male offspring and aborting female children.
This is not a lone incident. The treatment of patients (dead or alive) in Chinese hospitals is not a priority, the news story notes. In fact, last summer, two adults, six aborted babies and a bag of severed human limbs were dumped at a construction site when the hospital couldn't locate relatives.
Notice how the deceased were listed together. They were all human beings. The only difference between the born and preborn humans is their location. Every single human being on the planet differs from others by their varying levels of development, differing sizes and changing degrees of dependency.
Our country, like China, allows for mass genocide simply because preborn humans reside inside of their mother's wombs. Once outside the womb, whether these babies are dead or alive, no one questions their humanity. They are unequivocally little human persons.
The nonsensical contradictions and violations of human rights must stop! We must never stop fighting against the dehumanization of persons and the metamorphisis of wombs into bloody tombs.