May 26, 2014

We live in more of a communistic state:

“It is based in a belief that government ‘experts’ should make determinations about what is successful in education, what isn’t,” he said, “and what sorts of education and training are most likely to produce workers who contribute to making the United States competitive in the global economy.”
Though violations of citizen privacy have become major news stories of late, the federal government has urged private sector design of student data collection systems at the same time it encourages individual states to participate in data collection initiatives such as the Data Quality Campaign, the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, and the National Student Clearinghouse, all of which help to increase the collection and sharing of children’s data.

7 Slaughtered in CA

May 25, 2014

“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights, what about Chris’ right to live?” From a victim’s father of the 7 killed in CA. —really, NRA and politicians—nope, wrong.

Bottle Bombs

May 25, 2014

My concern isn’t what AMC will do, my concern is why haven’t they taken the proper measures to insure it didn’t happen in the first place, or why they haven’t done anything after the first one?

UPDATE, May 25: On Sunday, AMC issued the following statement:

“These actions, which cause panic among large groups of people, are unacceptable, and we will press charges to the fullest extent without hesitation.

We are working closely with law enforcement at the local and federal level, and we have provided our surveillance system footage to law enforcement to assist in developing any possible leads or persons of interest.

We remain vigilant in preventing further incidents, and have reviewed with local AMCs about what steps to take to help ensure the safety of everyone at the theatre. We have also briefed all theatre operators in the area.

AMC will reach out to the local crime solvers agency as soon as possible to set up a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information that directly leads to the capture of those responsible.”

UPDATE: For the third time in a week, a movie theatre was evacuated after a bottle bomb went off. It happened at the AMC movie theatres at Tysons Corner and this time it was in theatre number one at 2 a.m.

Deputy Chief Mike Reilly, with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s office says two people were affected by the bomb and treated at the scene.

Reilly says the contents are similar to the bottle bombs that went off at the same theatre last week.

Reilly says there’s no clear link between this latest incident and the one in Prince George’s County early Saturday morning, but all three incidents are being investigated.

WASHINGTON — A bomb was thrown into a Prince George’s County theater early Saturday morning, the second bombing in a local theater within the past week.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. at the Magic Johnson Theatre in Largo.

The Prince George’s County fire department says no one was hurt by the bottle bomb, and there wasn’t any damage to the theater.

Last weekend, roughly 2,000 people were evacuated the Tysons Corner theater and mall after two bombs were set off there.

Kate from wtop

Progressive’s Logic

May 15, 2014

By progressive logic, every requirement is therefore prejudiced and ethnocentric.
Your grandmother is statistically more likely to drive the speed limit than I am, but that doesn’t mean speed limit laws are an evil plot against me.


Mrs. Bea was my mother’s best friend. The two of them used to laugh together as if they were the only two in the universe. They spent a lot of their free time together, which was easy since they lived half a block apart.

Mr. Fred was Mrs. Bea’s husband. Everybody in the neighborhood called him “neighbor” because he greeted everyone with the same question: “How’s my neighbor?” He was the kind of man who would interrogate strangers who happened on your property and didn’t look as if they belonged. He would repair a door or mow a yard without being asked. He was a neighbor.

I played with Bea and Fred’s five children. We did everything from ride our bikes together to play basketball or stickball in the neighborhood park to chase one another in frenetic games of tag or hide-n-seek. We children were neighbors, too.

I thought about Bea and Fred last week as I prepared to preach Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the so-called “good Samaritan.” I prefer to call it the parable of the godly neighbor since Jesus tells the story to a religious man who asked in a self-justifying moment, “who is my neighbor?” Here’s the parable:

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, ”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”

29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

I read this and six things stood out to me:

1. To be a neighbor requires risk (v. 30). The Jericho road was 17 miles long, descended over 3,000 feet, featured many twists and turns with caves along the way. It was perfect for robbers and it was a dangerous pass. Any good neighbor will have to take some risks, like stopping on a dangerous road to help the hurting.

2. Simply being religious and theologically orthodox will not make you a neighbor (vv. 31-32). The priest and the Levite are religious leaders in Israel. They’re holy men. They believe all the right things and worship in all the right ways ceremonially. But they are not neighbors to this hurting man. It’s possible to be deeply religious in one sense and treacherously unloving.

3. A neighbor isn’t necessarily someone like you (v. 32). Common ethnicity is no predictor of neighborliness. If the robbed man were an Israelite, then being fellow Jews did not make the priest and the Levite his neighbor. They passed by. It is the despised, outcast Samaritan (John 4:9) that proves to be the true neighbor. It’s someone thought to be “unclean” and “cut off” that emerges as the truly loving. I recently heard Ed Copeland say, “Not all your skin folk are your kin folk, and not all your kin folk are your skin folk.” I think the parable demonstrates that–neighbors are not determined by ethnicity. In fact, these two men were strangers to one another. Yet that Samaritan crosses the xenophobic gulf to care for the stranger in his midst. Jesus expands the definition of neighbor well beyond family, friends, co-workers, ethnicity and those who live in physical proximity to us.

4. A neighbor is someone who sees your need and responds with compassion (vv. 33-34). That’s the difference between the Samaritan and the priest and Levite. They all see the man on the road naked and half-dead. But the Samaritan has compassion. He allows himself to feel for the man and acts out of that concern. A neighbor doesn’t turn his eyes away or cross the road when he sees someone in need. Neighbors render practical and sacrificial assistance in time of need.

5. The most natural and effective mercy ministry in a community is a good neighbor (v. 36). I’m all for organized mercy ministries. In fact, some problems in a community are so widespread or intense that they require an organized response. But the deeper, longer-lasting, truly transforming “mercy ministry” comes in the form of good neighbors. Saturate a block, a community, a city with neighbors like the Samaritan and you’ll transform that community slowly, deeply, and effectively.

6. Love and Law demand every Christian be a merciful neighbor to anyone in need in our presence (v. 37). Jesus’ discussion with this expert in the Mosaic Law summarizes all the Law and prophets with two commands: Love God and love neighbor. Love God with all yourself and love neighbor like yourself. The final command from Jesus, “go and do likewise” (v. 37), binds us to this duty of being Samaritan-like neighbors. It also binds our conscience with guilt so that we any attempt to justify ourselves apart from Christ miserably fails, like the lawyer’s. We’re thrown onto the back of Christ for justification with God. But then having been freed from the Law for justification, we find ourselves drawn to the Law in sanctification and Christian witness. Having been loved, we now turn to love (1 John 3:16-18; 4:20).

What does all of this mean?

Very simply: Christians ought to be good neighbors with an expansive definition of neighbor.

The reason there are fewer and fewer true neighborhoods is because there are fewer and fewer true neighbors. Even though more and more people live atop one another and we aggregate the need in cities, we don’t often love like this Samaritan. In fact, the Samaritan is so striking to us because we so seldom see such sacrifice for others or make such sacrifice for others. But we Christians ought to be the best neighbors of all.

My last memory of Bea and Fred came when I was about seven years old. I was standing in the back door of my childhood home, looking lazily through the glass onto our block. I saw Freddy and his siblings running down the street from their apartment half a block away. They were loud, shouting something back and forth to one another. It looked like a frenetic game of tag. Then I saw Bea run from the house. She rounded the corner and looked to be headed to our house. Last of all I saw “neighbor,” Mr. Fred, round the corner. In moments that slowed to a dream I saw Mr. Fred aim his shotgun at Mrs. Bea and shoot her in the back. She stumbled to a house just before ours, the home of a third friend, and died on those steps.

I was seven when I witnessed a neighbor kill his neighbor wife and our neighborhood with her.

I don’t know why these things have come to mind so powerfully of late. Perhaps its the anticipation of moving next door to a lot of children and families who have seen the same thing–sometimes repeatedly–in their “neighborhood.” I think it’s a freshly awakened desire to be a merciful neighbor in a context where mercy is sometimes in such short supply. What would our cities and communities be if we could saturate every block with Christians who showed the sacrificial compassion of this Samaritan, who showed to others the same love they have received in Christ? I dream of Mrs. Bea and then I dream of southeast DC. I dream of neighbors and neighborhoods transformed by Christ.


100 Bible Q’s

May 15, 2014

Several years ago our church started offering a leadership training course once or twice a year. The class began as a training seminary for those who had been nominated for elders or deacons. Now the course must be completed before a man can be considered for the office of elder or deacon.

At the end of the 12-week class there is a test. The exam contains a couple longer essays, short answers, and a series of questions testing basic Bible knowledge. We are careful to say that you don’t have to be a brilliant student to serve at University Reformed Church. There is much more to effective ministry than passing a written test. Much more. And yet, we do not want our staff, teachers, and officers to be biblically illiterate. Granted, people aren’t usually too excited about taking a test, but they are almost always glad to have taken the class. And more often than not, the test proves to be an edifying experience.

For fun, and for your own evaluation and learning, I thought I’d post the questions that comprised the knowledge portion of the exam. We have changed the exam in recent years, so these are not the exact questions we currently use. (I’m not going to show everyone the test ahead of time!) But this will give you an idea of the sort of Bible knowledge we want our lay leaders to have. No one gets every question right, but most people get most of them right, and a few erudite members have nearly aced the thing. I have not provided below the answers to test, because, well, it’s a test.

A. Who did the following?
1. Wrote the book of Acts?
2. Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration?
3. Directed the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem?
4. Killed a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone?
5. Led the Israelites into the promised land?
6. Was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote Revelation?
7. Was going to curse Israel, but had to bless them?
8. Became the first King of the 10 tribes that broke away?
9. Rescued David from her foolish husband Nabal?
10. Was rebuked by Paul for refusing to eat with Gentiles?

B. Where geographically did the following events take place?
11. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments?
12. A silversmith caused a riot?
13. Elijah had a confrontation with the prophets of Baal?
14. Believers were first called “Christians”?
15. The river Jesus was baptized in?
16. The walls of the city collapsed after the Israelites marched around it?
17. Jesus walked on water?
18. The place where Jonah was supposed to be going when he fled to Tarshish?
19. The place where Paul was heading when he was blinded on the road?
20. The river Ezekiel was at with the exiles when he received a vision from God?

C. In which book of the Bible do you find the following?
21. Peter visits Cornelius where he learns that God accepts Jews and Gentiles?
22. Paul asks a runaway slave to be welcomed back?
23. Israel worships a golden calf made by Aaron?
24. The story of Joseph and he brothers?
25. Twelve men explore the land of Canaan, but only two trust God to give it to them?
26. God’s judgment on Israel is pictured by a prophet as horde of locusts?
27. A description of the armor of God
28. The words “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” in the Old Testament?
29. A prophet marries a prostitute?
30. The Magi visiting the Christ child?

D. In which book and chapter(s) do you find the following?
31. God first speaks the Ten Commandments?
32. The call of Abram?
33. The Sermon on the Mount?
34. The Great Commission?
35. The Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples in wind, fire, and tongues?
36. Just as Adam was the head of the old humanity, Christ is the head of the new: “Just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous”?
37. ”But these three remain: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love”?
38. A religious leader hears “Unless a man is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven”?
39. Satan bound for a thousand years?
40. The three Hebrews saved from the fiery furnace?

E. Give the main topic or event of the following Bible chapters
41. Genesis 3
42. Isaiah 53
43. Romans 4
44. Psalm 119
45. Hebrews 11
46. Acts 15
47. John 17
48. Revelation 21-22
49. Luke 15
50. Exodus 3

F. Who said the following?
51. If I perish, I perish.
52. What is truth?
53. After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?…Will I really have a child, now that I am old?
54. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
55. Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in the kingdom.
56. The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
57. He must increase; I must decrease.
58. Am I dog that you come at me with sticks?
59. I know my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth?
60. Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.

G. If you encountered the following error, to which book would you turn for help? Choose the book that best addresses the error. Use each of the listed books only once: Genesis, Job, Song of Songs, Amos, John, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 Timothy, James, Revelation.
61. ”As long as you believe the right things, it doesn’t matter how you live your life.”
62. ”I’m sure I don’t have any spiritual gifts. Only special people do.”
63. ”We are saved by Jesus, but we also have to do our part by obeying the law of the Old Testament.”
64. ”If you are sick, you must have sin in your life. Good people don’t suffer.”
65. ”God doesn’t care about the poor and oppressed. That’s the social gospel.”
66. ”I know God promises to bless me, but I can’t really trust him through the hard things in life, like famine, barrenness, and imprisonment.”
67. ”In the end it won’t make any difference who we followed or what we did with our lives. Jesus will treat everybody the same when he comes back.”
68. ”There’s nothing special about Jesus. He’s just one way among many, just another prophet or good moral teacher.”
69. ”The best way to pick your elders is by looking at how successful they are in the business world. Next, consider how many degrees they have. After that, popularity matters most. Finally, if you still can’t decide, go by good looks.”
70. ”The Bible doesn’t say anything about intimacy between a man and a woman. That’s too fleshly for God to care about.”

H. Arrange the following events in proper chronological order.
a. The giving of the Law
b. The atoning death of Christ
c. Malachi prophesies
d. The promise to Abraham
e. creation and fall
f. Pentecost
g. Exile in Babylon
h. David is King over Israel
i. Paul is shipwrecked
j. The Judges rule over Israel

I. Match the verse with the doctrine it best supports. Each doctrine from the list will be used only once: providence, atonement, election, justification, immutability, sanctification, inspiration, deity of Christ, Trinity, total depravity
81. Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. 1 Peter 1:15
82. God demonstrated his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
83. What you meant for evil, God meant for good. Genesis 50:20
84. He chose us in him before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4
85. I the Lord do not change. Malachi 3:6
86. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not count against him. Romans 4:8
87. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.
88. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
89. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
90. There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. Romans 3:10-11

J. In which Old Testament book would you find the following Messianic prophecies? Books may be used more than once.
91. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
92. He would crush the head of the serpent.
93. He would come riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
94. Born of a virgin.
95. Came to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, release the prisoners from darkness, proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and comfort all who mourn.
96. Would be a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
97. Would be like a sun of righteousness rising with healing in its wings.
98. ”They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
99. Buried with the rich in his death.
100. Like a lion’s cub of the tribe of Judah.

Kevin DeYoung

Impeachable Offenses

May 14, 2014

The reported release last year of more than 36,000 criminal illegal aliens is part of a larger annual trend of thousands of such releases since 2009, according to the authors of a book documenting the case for impeaching President Obama.

The Obama administration’s release of the criminals, in numbers larger than what is publicly known, has generating crime waves and serves as a clear and present danger to the public, argue New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott in their book “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office.”

On Monday, a Center for Immigration Studies report found that in 2013 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, released violent criminals, including murderers, rapists, kidnappers and drug dealers.

The offenders were among the 36,007 criminal illegal aliens released last year who committed 87,818 crimes, including 15,635 for driving while intoxicated.

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The statistics shows ICE released illegals jailed for 9,187 dangerous drug infractions, 426 sexual assault convictions, 303 kidnapping convictions, 193 homicide convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions and 1,075 aggravated assault convictions.

Last year, it was widely reported ICE, a section of the Department of Homeland Security, freed from prison 622 criminal immigrants, including 32 with multiple felony convictions.

The Obama administration initially blamed the controversial move on the budget sequester cuts.

However, the releases were just the tip of the iceberg, documented Klein and Elliott in “Impeachable Offenses,” which was published last August.

The authors cited ICE documents that state more than 8,000 criminal illegal aliens were released between fiscal years 2009 and May 2011 alone.

A full chapter in the book documents other ways Obama circumvented Congress to enact immigration reform, possibly violating the U.S. Constitution and committing potentially impeachable acts.

ICE statistics show the agency released 3,847 convicted criminal aliens in 2009, 3,882 in 2010 and 1,012 through part of 2011.

A 2011 audit by the DHS inspector general further found 809 recidivist Level 1 illegal immigrant criminals eligible for deportation were released from California and Texas jails in 2009.

ICE defines Level 1 as the “most egregious criminal aliens, who pose a significant public safety risk.”

Offenses include homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, threats, extortion, sex offenses, cruelty toward family, resisting an officer, illegal weapon possession, hit and run, and drug offenses accompanied by sentences of more than a year.

Why were the criminal illegals released? The audit blamed the actions on “agent ‘staffing challenges,’” such as vacancies and “increasing workload levels.”

In most cases, the criminal illegals were automatically released after ICE failed to file the required “detainer” paperwork within 48 hours of the apprehension. The notice declares ICE’s intent to begin removal proceedings against the criminal illegal.

The government previously quietly conceded that released criminal illegals are responsible for new crime waves, report Klein and Elliott in the book.

An August 2012 Congressional Research Service report stated the “decision not to deport some arrested illegal immigrants enabled a crime wave.”

While no specific victims were publicly identified, the CRS reported illegal immigrants released from custody between 2008 and mid-2011 were “charged with 16,226 subsequent crimes, including 19 murders, 142 sex crimes and thousands of drunk-driving offenses, drug-crimes and felonies.”

“Impeachable Offenses” further documents ICE catch-and-release efforts in which large numbers of illegals, including criminals, are rounded up but only a tiny number are charged with crimes.

At the end of September 2011, for example, ICE arrested 2,900 illegal immigrants with criminal records coming from all 50 states and four territories.

All had at least one criminal conviction, and “at least 1,282 had been convicted of multiple charges, and more than 1,600 had felony convictions including manslaughter, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes against minors, and aggravated assault.”

More than 25 percent of those caught were immigration fugitives. Another 386 had re-entered the U.S. illegally after being removed “multiple times.”

However, only 146 of those arrested during the 2011 sweeps were turned over for prosecution. Of the total arrested, 42 were identified as gang members.

Book fuels national debate

MSNBC reported Klein and Elliott’s “Impeachable Offenses” fueled the national conversation to impeach Obama, while reported the book “ushers in the Obama impeachment movement.”

The book lays out the blueprint for impeaching Obama, alleging high crimes, misdemeanors, bribery and other offenses committed against the U.S. Constitution and the limitations on the executive office.

The Daily Mail of London has called the “Impeachable Offenses” “explosive,” reporting the book contains a “systematic connect-the-dots exercise that the president’s defenders will find troublesome.”

“Consider this work to be the articles of impeachment against Barack Obama,” stated Klein.

“Every American, whether conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican or independent, should be concerned about the nearly limitless seizure of power, the abuses of authority, the cronyism, corruption, lies and cover-ups documented in this news-making book,” Klein said.

The authors stress the book is not a collection of generalized gripes concerning Obama and his administration. Rather, it is a well-documented indictment based on major alleged violations.

Among the offenses enumerated in the book:

Obamacare not only is unconstitutional but illegally bypasses Congress, infringes on states’ rights and marking an unprecedented and unauthorized expansion of IRS power.
Sidestepping Congress, Obama already has granted largely unreported de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens using illicit interagency directives and executive orders.
The Obama administration recklessly endangered the public by releasing from prison criminal illegal aliens at a rate far beyond what is publicly known.
The president’s personal role in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, with new evidence regarding what was transpiring at the U.S. mission prior to the assault – arguably impeachable activities in and of themselves.
Illicit edicts on gun control in addition to the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation intended, the book shows, to collect fraudulent gun data.
From “fusion centers” to data mining to drones to alarming Department of Homeland Security power grabs, how U.S. citizens are fast arriving at the stage of living under a virtual surveillance regime.
New evidence of rank corruption, cronyism and impeachable offenses related to Obama’s first-term “green” funding adventures.
The illegality of leading a U.S.-NATO military campaign without congressional approval.
Obama has weakened America both domestically and abroad by emboldening enemies, tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution, spurning allies and minimizing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.


Lord, bring Justice

May 13, 2014

Today marks one year since Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist from Pennsylvania, was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder. Here are 9 things you should know about the case of America’s most prolific serial killer:

1. Gosnell was arrested in January 2011, charged with eight counts of murder: one patient died under his care after a botched abortion, and seven infants supposedly born alive whose spinal cords Gosnell severed with scissors.
2. According to prosecutors in Philadelphia, Gosnell catered to minorities, immigrants, and poor women, and made millions of dollars over 30 years performing illegal and late-term abortions in squalid and barbaric conditions. Gosnell took extra precautions with white women from the suburbs, according to the grand jury report. He ushered them into a slightly cleaner area because he thought they would be more likely to file a complaint.
3. Women paid $325 for first-trimester abortions and $1,600 to $3,000 for abortions up to 30 weeks. The clinic took in up to $15,000 a day, said authorities. Although abortions after the 24th week are illegal, Gosnell aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy and charged more for bigger babies.

4. According to the grand jury report, the clinic reeked of animal urine and the furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Medical instruments found in the practice had not been properly sterilized. State officials have failed to visit or inspect his abortion clinic since 1993. Prosecutors also claim that Gosnell was not certified in either gynecology or obstetrics.

5. Prosecutors said that none of Gosnell’s staff, including his wife, were licensed nurses or doctors and that a 15-year-old student performed anesthesia with potentially lethal narcotics.

6. A woman who worked for Gosnell testified that she was called back to a room at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia where the bodies of aborted babies were kept to hear one screaming amid a shelf-full of dead babies. “I can’t describe it,” says the woman. “It sounded like a little alien.” She says the body of the child was about 18 to 24 inches long and was one of the largest babies she had seen delivered during abortion procedures at Gosnell’s clinic.
7. On January 31, 1998, a then 15 year old Robyn Reid sought an abortion from Gosnell’s clinic. Once she was in the clinic, though, Reid, an 87-pound teenager at the time, told Gosnell she changed her mind about the abortion. She claims Gosnell got upset, ripped off her clothes, restrained her, and repeatedly told her, “This is the same care that I would give to my own daughter.” Reid regained consciousness 12 hours later at her aunt’s home, with the abortion having been completed against her will.

8. At the time of Gosnell’s arrest and trial, his crimes received almost no coverage by the national media. During the early part of the trial ABC, CBS and NBC did not cover the trial at all, yet gave 41 minutes and 26 seconds of air time to the story of Mike Rice, the Rutgers basketball coach who was fired for verbally and physically abusing his players.
9. The 3801 Lancaster Film Project is an ongoing documentary series about Kermit Gosnell, the Women’s Medical Society, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies.
(Warning: The video contains graphic images.)

Joe Carter

Simple Things

May 9, 2014

“What do you have that you did not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7

In a recent sermon on Romans, Tullian Tchividjian relayed the story of his travel to a southeastern U.S. city where he spoke to a group of financial supporters on behalf of a ministry that serves the poor—homeless, addicted, abused, and unemployed. Earlier that day, he toured this ministry’s facilities and chatted with those being helped. During the talk he said, “I learned more about God’s grace talking to those people, because they were desperate, than I do most people I talk to in church.”

Why? Perhaps because those in need are more in touch with their desperate dependence on grace. When things are great and our basic needs are met, we tend to forget our actual impoverished condition. It’s too easy to mistakenly believe that we are self-reliant; we might even pat ourselves on the back for how smart and hard-working we’ve been.

This story got me thinking about how we who live in material comfort often take for granted our access to gospel resources. We’re surrounded by teachers, sermons, good books, online resources, Bible software, blogs, and the list goes on. Sure, many of us work hard to gather good resources and regularly imbibe truth to feed our souls. But in the end, a gracious God has handed us things we didn’t choose or earn:

When and where we were born
Our families
The economic, social, and technological environment in which we live
Awareness of the gospel
The legacies of preachers and authors who preceded us
In contrast, we should consider those in the Global South who often suffer from theological famine. We are frequently in touch with leaders in countries where solid Christian publishing in their language practically does not exist. Many pastors and church leaders lack sufficient access to gospel-centered teaching and resources. While good books are hard to come by, those by false teachers are quite prevalent. Due to poor technology, online study resources are also rare.

Imagine how desperate you would be, especially trying to shepherd a flock of God’s people. Most of us in the West will not face this kind of need, though a majority in the rest of the world endures it. Their poverty should remind us of our true condition and desperate need for the grace of God. What we enjoy so lavishly has been given to us by sheer grace. Thank God!

As Tim Keller has said, “When Christians who understand the gospel, see a poor person, they realize they are looking into a mirror.”


Fooling Ya

May 2, 2014

“While presidents can’t fool all the people all the time, they can fool enough of the people enough of the time to maintain a tight grasp on power.”