Eric Metaxas was invited to speak at the “National Prayer Breakfast” last year with President Obama in attendance. The speech was witty, humorous, and pointed as Metaxas spoke of the sanctity of life with President Obama sitting right beside him. The speech is about 30 minutes long and is well worth your time.
Each month I take a look around the internet to see if there are any resources that are worth recommending or organization giving away free resources that might be of help to my readers. This month, I came across some great offers that I’m happy to share with you here.
In Religious Affections, Jonathan Edwards (the central figure in New England’s first Great Awakening) offers his most detailed description of false and true signs of religious revival, while highlighting the role truly balanced emotions play within the Christian life. Espousing a theology foreign to most postmodern Christians, Religious Affections lays out the cornerstone of Christian thought of the mid-18th century. Impossible to ignore, Religious Affections demands a response. No one can read it and be unchanged. The level of discipleship it asks is shocking to modern readers, but ultimately necessary for our salvation.
Desiring God is giving away a free copy of John Piper’s new book still not professionals. I read the first book Brothers, We are Not Professionals a few years ago and was tremendously blessed by it. Here’s a description of how the book was born:
In October, Desiring God issued invitations to a handful of ministry friends — all of them seasoned pastors whom we deeply respect — to contribute to this ebook. As the chapters came in during the subsequent weeks, we posted them at the blog. Now that they’ve all arrived, and have gone through a few rounds of edits, we’re making them available all together in one place as a resource we hope might have a long electronic shelf life.
We asked the contributors to express in these chapter their “heart of hearts” for fellow pastors — what comes first, or most profoundly, to their minds when they think about influencing fellow ministers. Given their unique experiences and contexts, what one thing would they want to exhort early 21st-century evangelical pastors to hear?
We readily admit that the experiences and perspectives of our group is limited — the group is made up entirely of pastors in 21st-century North American contexts.
However, we believe that the substance of these chapters taps into profound human themes, in both the pastor and his flock, and will be of use for Christian leaders far beyond our limited North American context. Such is our prayer as we launch this ebook.
For 40 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the abortion debate has been highly charged and politicized. Questions like these—and passionate but widely varying answers—have become the common language of the public dialogue on this issue. Yet behind the scenes of this historic case are other intriguing questions:
· How did the Supreme Court come to be involved in the abortion debate?
· Was language manipulated to affect the outcome?
· What was the moral basis underlying the decision?
In Compelling Interest, author Roger Resler draws on original sources, including the actual transcripts for oral arguments, the majority and minority opinions, and comments by the lawyers and others involved to take a careful look at the real story behind the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
Resler includes conversations with experts, including sociology professor Dr. William Brennan, the late Dr. Mildred Jefferson and Dr. Carolyn Gerster who co-founded the National Right to Life Committee, prolific author and speaker Randy Alcorn, bioethics professor Dr. Gerard Magill, perinatologist Dr. James Thorp, and photojournalist Michael Clancy.
This carefully researched book speaks with a thought-provoking, balanced voice that stands out from the usual partisan rhetoric on the topic.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) meeting this month approved a resolution calling for “an end to the practice of corporal punishment in homes, schools and child care facilities.” Fifty-one percent of the church leaders meeting in Pittsburgh voted for the measure, while 47 percent opposed it. The General Assembly also affirmed and expanded the PCUSA’s support of abortion…This year, it said the church supports “full access to reproductive health care for both women and men in both private and public health plans.”
For those of you who don’t know when an organization promotes “full access to reproductive health” that is a code word for abortion on demand.
What is the pre-born? Is abortion morally justifiable? Are the pre-born equal in value to born humans?
Stephanie Gray, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, responds to these and other questions as she builds a scientific and philosophical case for the humanity and personhood of the pre-born.
Watch this video to become equipped to make a defense for life which can compete in the marketplace of ideas.
This is a compilation of heart wrenching stories of women who had abortions. It’s hard to watch, but it’s powerful in exposing the pain that women go through as a result of abortion and the possibility of healing.