Month: January 2019

New York Senate Passes Bill Allowing Abortions Up Until Birth for Any Reason


After an intense debate for and against the proposal, the New York state Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that makes it legal for doctors and other health care professionals, such as midwives and physician assistants, to perform abortions up until birth for any reason in the state.

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All Labor Has Dignity


Today we celebrate Martin Luther King. Not just the man himself, but everything he taught and stood for. Why do we still celebrate him 51 years after his assassination? Although, the man himself has passed away, his dreams, ideals, actions and concern for humanity lives on. Martin Luther King’s legacy lives on.

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Southern Baptist Seminaries Teach Martin Luther King Jr. as a ‘Christian Hero’


When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California.

So Lawler gathered the association’s 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service. When he stood to preach, Lawler harkened to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

“In the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” Lawler recalled telling the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, “not only did [King] say, ‘I have a dream. I have a dream.’ He also said, ‘with this faith'” repeatedly, “reminding us that it’s not just a humanitarian effort” to effect racial reconciliation. “It’s an effort based on the Gospel.”

Lawler drew that King insight, he said, from his studies at Gateway Seminary.

It’s a feature of ministry training all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries are seeking to replicate: teaching King…

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Be the Salt and the Light

Time to Pray


13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16 New International Version (NIV)

Heavenly FATHER, thank YOU for Jesus Christ. Thank YOU for the example He has given to us while He was here on earth.  How to glorify and to honor YOU with what we say, think, and do. On how…

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A Prayer for Our Nation and Churches


This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I offered a prayer before my sermon that interceded for our nation and churches in the midst of the current tensions. A number of people asked me if I could post it, so here it is:

Lord our God, you are the King of kings,
And the Lord of lords.
You are the God who holds together
Grace and truth,
Justice and righteousness,
Holiness and mercy.

At this time, we ask for your restoration
In our individual lives and in our land.
Bring Your grace as a healing balm to us;
Let Your truth uproot falsehood and prejudice;
Uphold Your true justice in our nation for all people;
And may Your righteousness strengthen us for good.
In Your purity and holiness stand strong in our midst, O Lord,
Yet do not fail to pour out mercy upon us
For, as the Scripture says,

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50 Years Later – ‘I Have a Dream’


dr-martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-speechFifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., articulated with clarity and power a dream for racial equality within our nation that is unparalleled. That speech, known as ‘I Have a Dream,’ is unparalleled because the vision he articulated transcended his individual life and put into eloquent words the deepest longings of many people in a way that endures even today. That speech is unparalleled because no one has been able to say so much about these key issues in such a short amount of space and time.This speech is unparalleled because it still rings with power, reminding us that, as he said, “Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.”

Today, we will encounter multitudes of reflections upon King’s speech by various people. While there is much that could be said about Martin Luther King, Jr., as a leader, orator, pastor, and husband, I want to encourage you…

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