John Piper is inimitable. He always speaks with prophetic power, but especially when he speaks about abortion. It was his preaching against abortion that awakened my own heart to the urgency and the priority of this issue for Christian social engagement. I have not been the same since. Continue Reading →
There is a must-read editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal for anyone who wishes to understand the political calculation that is driving attitudes about the war in Iraq. It is very clear now that Senate majority leader Harry Reid and others have concluded that they will reap a partisan advantage if the U. S. war in Iraq fails. On April 12, Senator Reid said this: Continue Reading →
I have already written about my doubts about Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani’s conversions to the pro-life cause. Despite what they say, I’m just not buying it. I think Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo sums up my sentiments better than I could myself:
“Excuse me for being cynical but usually conversions occur on the road to Damascus â€“ not on the road to Des Moines.”
I suspect that Bishop N. T. Wright would not appreciate my saying that he has dismissed penal substitution, especially since he himself maintains that he holds to “something that can be called ‘penal substitution.'” But this affirmation is precisely the problem. His definition of penal substitution is clearly at odds with what penal substitution is (at least historically defined).
In an essay titled “The Cross and the Caricatures,” Wright contends that any idea of an angry Father punishing his loving Son is a “caricature” of the penal substitution theory of the atonement. Wright affirms Steve Chalke’s definition of Christ’s atonement, which he describes as follows: Continue Reading →
Here is how the law defines partial birth abortion:
“An abortion in which a physician delivers an unborn child’s body until only the head remains inside the womb, punctures the back of the child’s skull with a Sharp instrument, and sucks the child’s brains out before completing delivery of the dead infant.”
“We feel hopeless, helpless and lost. This is someone that I grew up with and loved. Now I feel like I didn’t know this person. We have always been a close, peaceful and loving family. My brother was quiet and reserved, yet struggled to fit in. We never could have envisioned that he was capable of so much violence. He has made the world weep. We are living a nightmare.”
“What can be said about the Virginia Tech massacre? . . . With an event such as this, consisting of nothing but suffering and tragedy, the only important questions are those of theodicy, of divine justice.”
Beyond the loss of human life, the thing that grieves me most about the Virginia Tech massacre is what it has revealed about our culture. Peggy Noonan’s description of how people are responding sadly sums up my own reaction:
This news is heartening. The Washington Post reports:
The Supreme Court today narrowly upheld a nationwide ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure, voting for the first time to restrict abortion rights and handing a major victory to President Bush and his social conservative allies.
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As I type this blog, Dr. Phil is holding forth on “Larry King Live.” He’s saying that there was no way that anyone could have predicted that the troubled Cho Seung-Hui would have perpetrated the awful massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday.
Dr. Phil makes his case as controversy has already erupted over the University’s failure to prevent this tragedy by failing to respond to early signs that Seung-Hui was a troubled, depressed person. Dr. Phil advises, “There is no answer to ‘why,’ so the question becomes ‘what.'” What ought survivors to do now to cope with this meaningless catastrophe?