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3GTing (Part 2)

Another endorsement has just rolled in for 3GT!

The most important commendation I could receive has come from the pen of my wife, Bekah. It is flattering to say the least. And I’m very thankful for it.  But perhaps I should add another wee little touch of truth at the end…

“After twenty years of marriage, my husband still often surprises me with an unusual perspective or unique insight. He shares his opinions with enthusiasm that is contagious. He is also creative, and funny, and transparent. These are some of the reasons why I love him… on the other hand, that quirkiness, passion, sense of humor, and candor also made me a little nervous about what he might say when recording 3GT. But I worried for nothing! Each man brings his own unique personality and perspective. They agree enough to make it encouraging, but disagree enough to make it interesting.

Listening to 3GT reminds me of sitting with good friends at a fellowship meal. What a blessing to have the ability to bring such thought-provoking and godly conversation with me wherever and whenever I want. Many of the stories are about everyday life, and the topics are sometimes pretty […]

Browse Worthy: The Drumbeat Continues Against PP

Now the fifth video by the Center for Medical Progress has come out, and it just adds to the incriminating case against Planned Parenthood as whole body fetus sales are coldly discussed (Note: YouTube has added a content warning to this video.)

Planned Parenthood: 4 Ways to Respond – Tim Challies discusses these videos and offers what the title states.  He also re-posted the following slideshow that will help you learn to make what is known as the SLED pro-life argument, a simple way to use comparative analogies to show the illogical ethics of abortion supporters.

Abortion: Making the Case from timchallies

Pro-Lifers Are Today’s Abolitionists – This article at The Federalist reminds us of the history of William Wilberforce’s long-term battle to end the institution of slavery in Great Britain and its similarities with the fight against the abortion industry today.

Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment – In light of the videos, Joel Howerton offers ten reasons to support the above comparison.  The best line from this article are these words:

Abortion is the evil reverse-image of the gospel. Instead of “I’ll die for you“, it says, “You die for me.”

Weighing in on Planned Parenthood – Over at 3GT, Austin, Kyle, and I discuss the question, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

 

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 […]

A Lament for Sally (and the rest of us)

There is a difference between freedom and autonomy (literally, self-law).  Freedom allows flourishing within a defined context conducive to life.  To bloom bright and beautiful, flowers are “constrained” by their need for water, good soil, and sun.  Autonomy demands the right to redefine terms and refuse any restraint.  Pop culture and political activists in black robes have made it clear:  We demand autonomy.  No fixed definitions for social institutions and therefore none for us as individuals.  We demand the right to self-define, no matter whose freedom gets trampled in the process and no matter who gets hurt, including ourselves. As we will increasingly see, but will likely keep refusing to learn, self-definition is self-destruction.

The following satire is barely hyperbolic.  As these recent articles show – doctors in Belgium to kill healthy 24 year old  and  Aggressive pursuit of the right to die – this scenario is now nightmarishly close to materializing.    

Homosexuality: A Losing Battle?

Guest Blogger: Michael LeFebvre 

Dr. LeFebvre is the pastor of Christ Church on the west side on Indianapolis, IN, and editor of The Gospel and Sexual Orientation. This post was originally given as a talk in January of 2014 and has an audio link at the bottom of this article.

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The title for this morning’s workshop points our thoughts in two directions. The title is, “Homosexuality: A Losing Battle?” This question confronts us on two levels.

First, and in my view most importantly, it confronts us on the personal level. For those who personally experience this battle, it can often feel hopeless. The phrase that we hear so often today, and that captures this feeling of hopelessness, is the phrase, “You cannot pray the gay away.” That popular phrase communicates hopelessness to those who experience same-sex temptations. Furthermore, by citing prayer as the cure that fails (“you cannot pray the gay away”), that popular phrase is a direct challenge to the church—indeed, to Christ as the one who has let us down. In the face of such a message, how is a Christian caught in this battle to feel? Is this battle, faced on the personal level, a losing battle?

Secondly, this question […]

Are My Children Christians?

Children. They’re a blessing from the Lord, right? Absolutely! But if you’re a parent you know that these little people are the source of more fear, anxiety, and worry than anything else in all of life. We are constantly concerned about our children—their health, their development, their personalities, their habits, their choices, and their friends. There’s enough there to gray the hair quite quickly! Yet, for every Christian parent there’s a concern that goes deeper than all of these: is my child a Christian?

If you’re a parent you know that’s a question that is often asked. It’s a question that keeps you up at night. It’s a question over which you have prayed time and time again. It’s a question that reverberates in your heart when you hear the shocking and sad news of a miscarriage or the death of a little one. And it’s a question that inevitably arises when your three old sons asks, “Daddy, am I going to heaven?” How do you answer that question?

[pullquote]My opinion and your opinion of our children–however optimistic or pessimistic that may be–is not the determining factor.[/pullquote] Well, I hope it’s evident to you that my opinion and your opinion of our children–however optimistic or pessimistic […]