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Desiring God 2.18.13 – reprint

The Day Luther Died

By Jonathan Parnell | Feb 18, 2013 12:00 am

In Germany 467 years ago, in a small, backwater town called Eisleben, the shaking hand of a dying man scribbled this simple line: We are beggars. This is true.

Martin Luther died on February 18, 1546. These last words of weakness echoed the life-changing truth he’d unearthed in the Scriptures: we don’t bring anything to the table of our justification. Jesus truly died for the ungodly.

Luther came to understand that if we are to […]

Abandoning Convictions

Time was when people could hold to some basic principles or live by personal convictions — decisions that may or may not be or may not’ve been popular — and yet they could sort of remain unspoken or undeclared. Publicly, anyway. Time was when people could hold to convictions and only a small circle of community would’ve been aware of the person’s or couple’s personal convictions. Now… not so.

With the advent of email, internet chat-rooms and bulletin boards in the 90’s… e-groups list mail and […]

“It’s life… it’s alive.”

“I saw the baby… and it was over… what am I doing? … what am I doing here? … there was life in here and now, there’s not… they don’t want people to see what’s really happening in a woman’s womb… this is it, I’m leaving… Planned Parenthood put a restraining order on me now that they know what I am working with the pro-life movement…” — Abby Johnson

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Two Killers – Two Tragedies.

A career is ended. During that infamous career, tens of thousands of innocent people were killed.

A tragedy to be sure. I think of this all day today; what a shame — what a tragic end. A man responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent children. I consider these things all day. I decided to refrain from reading editorials about the man… the man who was shot while attending & ushering at ‘church’ yesterday. I wonder why he went to church. I wonder how he could do […]

Abortion’s ugly lie

Every now and then it happens. I wonder how many of times this has to happen before this civilized society sees abortion as the heinous atrocity it is. When will pro-aborts see the truth that abortion is the destruction and death of precious baby – a human life. Abortion destroys a baby.

Sycloria Williams knows that. Now. But she didn’t grasp that before she underwent the procedure that would kill her growing and thriving baby — her baby born alive. The baby was thriving alive within her womb, was thriving […]

Psalm 128.3

I’ve received emails with the following article a few times since yesterday afternoon… and each time I receive it I’m once again encouraged and reminded of the great blessing of motherhood and childbearing specifically. I’m encouraged bcz the ones who have sent it are mothers who not only love their children but also love being mothers — mothers who have borne many children and whose bodies have been made comfortable… for babies… and adored by husbands who appreciate and marvel at the handiwork and blessing of the Lord.



I thought I’d just start this post off with a bang: vasectomies. Writing the rest of it will be easier now, comparatively speaking. Well, with the exception of replies to comments – but that’s probaby the good thing about not receiving lots of daily comments here.

I don’t know of an elective surgery that is more emotionally charged than vasectomies – with the exception of tubal ligations. Every week I receive letters from women — men and women — couples — who ask for prayer for conception and pregnancy – […]

More on Mars Hill

I thought it appropriate to clarify something in regard to my previous entry: Birthcontrol at Mars Hill. First, I’d be remiss if I didn’t quickly say that I think Mark Driscoll is a good teacher and sound in doctrine. I think he handles societal issues well — though differently than I might. But so what. I don’t live in Seattle anymore. Near, but not in.

I also want to clarify that my entry was in regards only to that particular sermon on birthcontrol and his personal views and teaching on […]

Birthcontrol at Mars Hill

In our area lots of folks are drawn to the Mars Hill church in Seattle and ‘tens of thousands’ more who listen on line. I began to watch this lengthy video – it is a sermon, after all, and listened to his take on birth control and what the Bible says about marriage, procreation and principles of birth control. So after listening for awhile I realized that he, as we all do I suppose, interprets according to his conviction or his interpretations or reactions to what he’s read, heard or […]