What Todd Akin Should have Said About Abortion and Rape

Trevin Wax has written a wonderful article on how the question about abortion and rape,  that was posed to Senator Todd Akin, should have been answered.

The media circus moved quickly from discussion of Akin’s remarks to a wider discussion about the legitimacy of abortion in a tough case. And some “pro-life” politicians took the bait, not only condemning Akin’s unfortunate remarks but also declaring their support for abortion in this particular case.

Let me be clear: Allowing abortion in the case of rape is not the way to express sympathy toward a victim of this crime. Abortion only destroys the life of another victim.

You can read the entire article here.

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Don’t Settle for Your Mediocre Preaching

On his Gospel Coalition blog, Paul Tripp makes some important observations on the state of preaching today. Tripp prefaces his comments by relating that he is on the road at a church somewhere 40 Sundays a year.

I am saddened and distressed to say it, but I am tired of hearing boring, inadequately prepared theological lectures, delivered by uninspired preachers reading manuscripts, all done in the name of biblical preaching. I am not surprised that peoples’ minds wander. I am not surprised that people are struggling to keep attentive and awake. I am surprised that more aren’t. They are being taught by one who has not brought the proper weapons into the pulpit to fight for them and with them.

Part of the problem is not understanding what preaching is.  Tripp defines preaching as…

…bringing the transforming truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ from a passage that has been properly understood, cogently and practically applied, and delivered with the engaging tenderness and passion of a person who has been broken and restored by the very truths he now stands to communicate. You simply cannot do this without proper preparation, meditation, confession, and worship.

Further, he draws attention to one of the primary culprits.

There simply is no way that you can begin to think about a passage for the first time on Saturday afternoon or evening and give it the kind of attention that it needs. You will not be able to understand the passage, be personally affected, and be prepared to give it to others in a way that contributes to their ongoing transformation. As pastors, we have to fight for the sanctity of preaching, or no one else will.

The entire article can be read here.

This post-Christian culture would have us believe that the only way to bear witness to Christ effectively is to “contextualize” in a way that essentially leaves the path. We must walk like, talk like, dress like, live like, and love like the world in order to win the world. However, the opposite is actually true. It is, in fact, the straight and narrow path to the Celestial City that conforms us to the image of Christ. The path is where we learn the very truth to which we bear witness. And our desire is to have others join us on the path, not distract us from it.

As Christian pilgrims, we must realize that the journey we are on is long and fraught with difficulty. The gatekeeper did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matt. 10:34). Moreover, He promises that we will be hated by the world (John 15:1817:14). Nevertheless, we are no better than the world that hates us. The only difference is the grace we have received. As such, we have no room to boast (Rom. 3:27), but we have much more cause to rejoice and a message to share with a world full of neighbors who simply have yet to see their danger as we saw ours.

From Voddie Baucham’s excellent article Pilgrims in a Post-Christian Culture.

Blogging Prophets

Unfortunately, instead of encouraging people to speak their thoughts, feelings, and opinions, we have discouraged people from speaking at all.  We have encouraged “civil”–that is, noncontroversial–, conversations full of platitudes and qualifiers, devoid of feeling or passion, offending no one but saying nothing.  We have squelched robust conversation for fear of offense or error, resulting in the suppression of both error and the truth.  For fear of speaking wrong, we say nothing at all.    False prophets are a problem, but the lack of any prophet is worse.

From Dr. Bill Fleming’s article in his website http://drbillfleming.blogspot.ca/