Morning Mashup 09/30


A Quick and Easy Guide to the Planned Parenthood Videos – Shameful silence from the mainstream media. Mollie Hemingway helps them do their jobs.

I Don’t Want Your Good Vibes. I Want Prayer. – Megan Hill: “There’s no substitute for our communion with the Father.”

Speak for the Unborn Leader Pleads for Life – Great look at the work of Andrew King and Speak for the Unborn.

Every Living Thing Matters – “The Every Living Thing Campaign invites Christians to celebrate the wonder and beauty of God’s creation and commit to compassionate living by signing the Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals.”

Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion – Ross Douthat: “There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts.”

Pope Francis Met Privately with Kim Davis – “The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.”

Chipotle Church and the Problem of Choice – Brett McCracken: “Imagine if God were as fickle and restless as we are. But he isn’t. God’s covenant faithfulness to his people, even when the relationship is messy and embarrassing, should be instructive to us. A healthy relationship with the local church is like a healthy marriage: it only works when grounded in selfless commitment and non-consumerist covenant.”

When You Get Home…? – Consider asking your spouse what they want in those first few minutes you get home from work.

4 Tips for Using a Study Bible Well – Helpful article from Justin Taylor. If you use a study Bible, be sure to check it out.

If a preacher isn’t first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the pulpit steps and breaks his neck than preach that sermon. –John Calvin


Morning Mashup 09/23


A mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.

Should We Elect a Muslim President? – Great stuff from Baptist historian Thomas Kidd. He writes, “real religious liberty requires that law-abiding adherents of all faiths have equal access, in principle, to the benefits and offices of the republic, including the presidency.”

Guard Your Hearts at All Costs in the War with Porn – Brian Renshaw offers four helpful safeguards against pornography.

7 Tips for College Students – John Piper offers seven bits of advice for college students. I especially echo #4.

A Brief History of Complementarian Literature – Owen Strachan offers a comprehensive list of books on complementarianism that should be on every pastor’s shelf.

It’s Time to Increase Our Giving to the Cooperative Program – SBC president, Ronnie Floyd, calls SBC churches to give more to the Cooperative Program.

Yogi Berra Dies at 90 – One of the greatest Yankees and catchers to ever play the game died last night at age 90. Both on and off the field, he was one of the most gifted and interesting people the sport has ever seen.

Is Pro-Life Winning? – Russell Moore: “The cause of the unborn will triumph, ultimately, not because pro-life politicians are alive but because Jesus of Nazareth is.”

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO – Everything is Awesome!!

You ascended from before our eyes and we turned back grieving, only to find you in our hearts. –Augustine

Morning Mashup 09/16


A mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.

A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration – Thabiti Anyabwile observes and exposes the reality that most opponents of mass incarceration offer little hope by simply stating the problem. He writes, “Black families affected by mass incarceration need hope that’s stronger than the vicissitudes of this life, built on better promises than social policy can offer. Inner-city communities need hope that places its members’ happiness beyond the reach of their enemies. Vulnerable families need hope stronger than the death that’s so frequently dealt out in its homes and hamlets.”

Dear Mama of Littles – A beautiful article for my wife and all other “Mamas of littles.”

Technology and the Truth about the Viability of the Unborn – Dan Darling: “Either technology will force us to face the truth about abortion, or it will force us to admit we know what we are doing: taking innocent human life.”

The Art of Conferencing – As a children’s pastor, I highly recommend this historically proven method of discipleship in the home.

Why We Must Recover the Master of Divinity Degree – Jason Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ushers a resounding call for the recovery of a robust and thorough Master of Divinity Degree. His closing spoke to me: “The call to the ministry is indeed the most glorious calling known to man. All whom God has called must be optimally prepared to serve him. Don’t settle for the quickest or easiest degree; aim for being maximally prepared for a lifetime of faithful ministry. Completing the Master of Divinity degree does not ensure a faithful ministry, but it does best position one for it. If at all possible, don’t settle for anything less.”

20 Funny and Strange Things Church Members Say – Pastors and staff were informally polled on Twitter by Thom Rainer to come up with this list. Surely you’ve never said any of these things, right?

Is Suicide and Unforgivable Sin that Will Send You to Hell? – An interesting approach to a sensitive question.

Co-Founder of Subway Restaurant Chain Dies at 67 – Within this NY Times piece is an interesting story about the beginnings of Subway.

Why Can’t Novak Djokovic Get Some Respect? – The title is a bit misleading. Djokovic has tons of respect, but he’s definitely not the darling of men’s tennis quite yet. Our love affair with Federer still rages on. This is odd and unfortunate because Djokovic is insanely talented, a ten-fold Grand Slam champion, and a seemingly likable dude.

Jesus is the first and last person in history to be told that obedience would bring a curse. –Tim Keller

Morning Mashup 08/31


Rubio Surges Among Evangelical Insiders – Young Rubio is a fan favorite among evangelical leaders. Now these are the evangelicals I want to identify with. Trump finds himself close to Hillary among this group.

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome is the Reason – Ohio could soon pass a bill banning abortion if the reason is Down Syndrome. A step in the right direction.

Life is Short. Love Your Spouse. – Yes! Contra Ashley Madison, this post praises the beauty of monogamy while giving advice for guarding and gardening your marriage.

‘Sister Wives’ Clan Uses Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in Polygamy Case – And the snowball begins its decent.

Six Thoughts on Vanity Fair and the Triumph of the Christian Moral-Ethical Imagination – Andrew Walker offers six insightful thoughts in response to Vanity Fair’s piece on the use of online sites for “casual sex.”

The Meaning of Serena Williams – Interesting profile of Serena Williams from the NY Times.

Emmett Till – Helpful piece by D.A. Horton. I was glad I read this on the 60th anniversary of Till’s death. You would still do well to read it today.

The Most Popular Bible of the Year – Profile of the NIV Study Bible.

No one can move anywhere without God knowing, for his eye penetrates both the grave and highest heaven. –John Calvin

Abortion Kills Babies: Why It Matters That We Know What We Are Doing

Guest Post by Logan Hurley

Mutter und KindOver the past weeks, a number of videos were released showing Planned Parenthood executives not only admitting that the parts of aborted fetuses could be sold, but offering negotiation on the price for these parts and suggesting that abortions could be performed later or differently to provide adequately developed and unharmed parts. The videos caused a lot of outrage among Christians and have even proved hard for pro-choice advocates.


Early in 2013, John Piper gave insight into why that would be the case: we collectively know as a culture that what is being killed in an abortion is a human child. I encourage every believer to read Piper’s article and his 1989 article on Biblical justification for protecting unborn life. In light of the presence of solid biblical warrant for protecting our children it can only strike me as odd that some people will concede that, indeed, a fetus may be a human child, but that ultimately this life shouldn’t be protected.

In order to understand why this clarification must be central to the Christian response to abortion, let’s see three reasons why understanding the nature of what is killed in abortion should shape our response to abortion as an action and as an institution.

1. It Shows Abortion as Truly Sinful

I sincerely believe that we wouldn’t be appalled by the notion of Planned Parenthood’s organ mongering if we didn’t on some primordial level know that what was being killed was in fact a child. Every person I know applauds the research and development going into 3-D printing human tissues and organs from a patient’s own genetic material. The narrative of medical treatment gets turned on its head once stealing the body of babies comes into play, though. Romans 2:15-16 shows why this knowledge seems to be universally troubling: on some level, every person knows that killing a human made in the image of God for selfish gain is wrong.

This issue becomes obfuscated when we don’t talk about aborted children as just that: children. This is why a lot of pro-choice advocates usually toe the line at asserting that what is being aborted isn’t human. When we know that it is, though, the people of God have to respond accordingly, with an instinct to protect what God has deemed most precious, the life of those bearing his very image.

Pro-life stances don’t and shouldn’t focus only on the child, though. There are two humans, equally created by God in his image, in this equation. In fighting over the fate of children who would be aborted, its easy for us to take no pity on the mothers who choose to seek abortions, but the human dignity we afford to children must also be afforded to mothers who are suffering. We as Christians must seek to prevent and end suffering where we find it, just as our Savior did for us.

We must be concerned for all kinds of suffering, especially eternal suffering. If abortion is a sin because what is being killed is human, we owe mothers a voice of warning, pleading and begging them to not enter into this especially gross condemnation, and simultaneously offering hope and love with the people of God and God himself. Knowing that our inaction may allow a mother to become guilty of a heinous sin should move us to radical compassion and care.

2. It Shifts the Debate to Moral Grounds

In a nation of laws, the issue of abortion will in some way be decided in the legislative chamber as much as it is in our pulpits and on the streets. This can cause a muddling of discussions about abortion causing some to claim that only those directly affected (pregnant women) should have the ability to decide whether they ought to or ought not have an abortion.

If it is in fact a reality, though, that abortion is the killing of the child, the cultural discussion on abortion is not a matter of personal preference, but of moral stance. To illustrate what this means, take another example that I, as a white, middle class, non-police officer am relatively unaffected by: the very high incidence of police shootings of unarmed, poor, black men. The fact that I am neither of the persons in the previous sentence invalidates my reasonable right, even duty, to be concerned about it. If I love lower class black men because of the image of God which they bear, I absolutely must advocate for reforms to society to help protect them from undue violence. Applied to abortion: if I genuinely love those made in the image of God, I am bound by duty to advocate for their protection at any age, even before birth. There is no other sphere of moral reasoning where those who are not directly affected by injustice are uninvited from seeking justice for victims.

The policy line of thinking also causes people who are against having abortions themselves to punt the issue, saying that they would not want to impose their personal belief upon mothers in this difficult situation. This stands well enough so long as no question of morality is at stake. I really dislike the taste of beans, but this is a matter of taste and forbidding beans or other unpopular tastes makes poor legislation. When a human life hangs in the balance, though, the equation shifts. Violating a contract to steal a widow’s life savings is morally repulsive and there is good reason for it to be illegal. Putting another driver’s life at risk by speeding to get to a party on time is reckless and evil. It is also illegal, as it should be. Murder, theft, sexual assault, and child abuse are all illegal because of their repulsive moral quality, a quality they share because of the harm they involve to others. Once we see that abortion is about human life and protecting victims, and thus a question of morality rather than taste, we lose the convenience of punting. We have to answer hard questions about restraining others in law, and Christians have to answer that question by trying to protect the vulnerable.

3. It Forces Us to Consider Rights

Central to the pro-choice movement is the extension of the rights of bodily autonomy. A key argument of abortion-rights activists to try to negate the importance of knowing that the victim of an abortion is in fact a child rests on bodily autonomy. It goes like this: There is no situation in which you could be compelled to save another’s life by having to give them a kidney or blood infusion or other transplant of your body. Your right to the use of your body is grounded upon the right of bodily autonomy. Thus, they conclude, a pregnant woman’s right to end her pregnancy is inseparable from her dignity as a human in her bodily autonomy.

The answer to that argument must be founded in a consideration of the rights inherent to a human being made in the image of God and the ordering of those rights.

A pregnant woman has no less bodily autonomy than any other person, but another human life has become actively integrated into her life. If I by any action of my own ended another human life, I would be a murderer and in some cases I would be subject to a death penalty, my own life being forfeit for the sake of the life I took. Why do we take murder so seriously? Because it is the permanent deprivation of the highest right which God gives to man (Gen. 9:6).

If abortion deprives a human of its right to live, it must be stopped to protect that victim. It must be stopped at the expense of depriving lesser rights. When we understand that what is being killed in an abortion is a baby, we understand that abortion must be stopped.

Logan Hurley is a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, KY and senior at the University of Kentucky where he studies Communication, Arab & Islamic Studies, and Philosophy.  He desires to attend seminary in Fall 2016. You can follow him on Twitter @loganmhurley. 

Morning Mashup 08/12


How to Survive a Cultural Crisis – Mark Dever offers seven biblical principles for how Christians should respond when the culture shifts.

Reflections on Pastoral Leadership – I try to read everything D.A. Carson writes. Here he writes of the importance of pastoral leadership.

How Abortion Kills the Future – Joe Carter: “‘For the last 30 years, I’ve supported abortion rights,’ says Ruben Navarrette Jr., a columnist for The Daily Beast. ‘This year may be different.'”

Review of Keller’s “Preaching” – Dane Ortlund’s review of Keller’s masterful book on preaching begins with this sentence, “Tim Keller got a C in preaching at Westminster Seminary in the early 1970s.” That’s all you need to know. Click away.

Sex is More and Less Important than What You Think – Trevin Wax with excellent balance on one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood aspects of humanity–human sexuality.

“Shut Up, Bigot!” – “Postmodern liberals cannot comprehend the idea that one could simultaneously reject a belief and accept the person who holds it.”

No Girls Allowed – Barnabas Piper calls male sports fans like myself to leave the “no girls allowed” sign in the treehouse as he asks, “Why does the idea of a woman coaching your favorite team bother you?”

Tim Keller Sermons – You can find around 90% of Keller’s sermons here. Wow.

Unfinished Story by JRR Tolkien to be Published – I’m in book nerd heaven now. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

We need to forgive our brother seventy times seven not only for 490 offences but for one offence. –C.S. Lewis

Morning Mashup 08/10


What Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Really Do – Contra Planned Parenthood, this article shows how the defunding of this abortion giant in women’s “health care” is really a sign of progress for women.

Planned Parenthood if Hopeless, But We Are Not – Owen Strachan writes, “But abortion is hopelessness made tangible. It is a sickness, a cancer that grows in our stomach, undiagnosed and untouched. It has dulled our emotions. It has seared our conscience. We have lost sight of redemption. Someone falls, and we instinctively think, There’s no use picking them up. They’re gone.”

Calvinism and the Problem of Evil – Helpful post from Derek Rishmawy.

Nothing We Cannot Do – Tim Chester: “There is nothing that God expects you to do that you cannot do. The sin that defeats you need not defeat you. The fears that consume you need not consume you. The people who terrify you need not terrify you.”

Don’t Know What a Fetus Is? – Justin Taylor quotes and summarizes philosopher Peter Kreeft’s discussion of the logical possibilities of what a fetus is.

Where Do We Go From Here? – Jarvis Williams is a rising voice on race and the gospel. When he writes on race, you would do well to read every word.

I believe many pro-abortion people know the science has turned against them & their days are numbered. Keep fighting. –Eric Metaxas

Morning Mashup 08/07


Lots and lots and lots of articles. Including two videos. An extended mashup of articles and videos for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.


What’s It Like to Abort Your Own Child? – I almost teared up just reading the title. The story will beckon your tears fall. I’m thankful for Bethany Jenkins for telling it.

3 Reasons the Campaign on Planned Parenthood is Winnable – Doug Wilson with reasonable encouragement for the pro-life movement. “Think of it this way — Planned Parenthood is serving as the designated victim. This is not scapegoating, or unjust in any way, because in this case the scapegoat really is guilty.”

Trump Gets Spotlight, But it Might Burn – We can only hope that the more Trump speaks, the more voters will see how outlandishly insane he is. If Trump cared at all about the GOP winning the White House, he would drop out or back off. He doesn’t. He won’t.

News for Democrats…It’s a Baby! – Kristen Powers at USA Today shows how Democrats are on “the wrong side of history” when it comes to Planned Parenthood and abortion.

There is No Pro-Life Case for Planned Parenthood – Ross Douthat does it again. Don’t miss this important piece: “Tell the allegedly “pro-life” institution you support to set down the forceps, put away the vacuum, and then we’ll talk about what kind of family planning programs deserve funding. But don’t bring your worldview’s bloody hands to me and demand my dollars to pay for soap enough to maybe wash a few flecks off.”

Shocking Videos and the Art of Looking Away – Important consideration for those of us denouncing videos of Planned Parenthood, yet ignoring videos of police brutality.

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions – Whoa. Interesting and important perspective. We in the West can be so blindly arrogant. “Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people? That all the talk about Cecil being “beloved” or a “local favorite” was media hype? Did Jimmy Kimmel choke up because Cecil was murdered or because he confused him with Simba from ‘The Lion King’?”

Ray Rice on NFL Return – Ray Rice expresses desire to return to the NFL, and hopes a team will give him a chance to “hang them up the right way.”

The Most Meaningless Abortion Statistic Ever – I was directed to this article by Albert Mohler in yesterday’s edition of The Briefing. It was written in 2013, but is very important in light of the Planned Parenthood defense of their actions.

Obama on Killing Humans and Harvesting Organs – He called it an “atrocity” while in Africa discussing the tribal killings of a particular sect of people and the harvesting of their organs for ritualistic purposes. Obama was disgusted by this practice, all the while ignoring an eerily similar situation in his own country. My heart weeps for his blindness. Lewis’ idea of “chronological snobbery” comes to mind with Obama’s simultaneous rejection of tribal killings and support of scientific killings.

If Planned Parenthood Goes, Where Do Women Go? – Answer: many places.

How Not to Pray Against Cultural Decline – Christian historian Thomas Kidd offers advice grounded in colonial America on how to engage the culture with prayer.

Should the Church Divorce from the State in Marriage? – Rick Phillips gives six reasons why the church shouldn’t jump ship just yet.

The Sound of Silence – Kevin DeYoung gives ten compelling reasons why congregational singing may be absent in your church, I love reading DeYoung because he just makes sense.

The Gospel and Porn – Good stuff from Fred Zaspel: “Godliness is not attained by zaps. There is no switch to pull that brings us immediately to perfection — well, not on this side of the grave, that is.”

7 Pieces of Advice for Young Pastors – I don’t love everything Ron Edmonson says or writes, but this is pretty good.

Check out this video that does an adequate job dispelling Planned Parenthood’s 3% abortion myth.

And just in case you missed it, here is the 5th undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood. Please, watch the video. I am afraid many people are coming to solid conclusions about the videos without actually watching them. Watch and share.

We need some standard or rule from outside of us to help us sort out the warring impulses of our interior life. –Tim Keller

Morning Mashup 08/05


Chip Kelly’s Image Problem – More than one traded player has accused Chip Kelly of having issues with black players or at least players from a particular culture. USA Today’s Jarrett Bell breaks it down for us.

Pro-Life Dems See Path to Defund Planned Parenthood – Monday’s vote showed us that the defunding of Planned Parenthood will definitely take bipartisan support. Some pro-life democrats see a way for this to happen.

Senators Who Voted to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood – Just so you know, and can maybe make some calls. For the record, McConnell’s no vote was procedural.

Psalm 94 and Planned Parenthood – Excellent. Honest. Pastoral. Helpful words from J.A. Medders.

Satan and Sodomy – John Piper with some very strong, poignant, and convicting words.

John Newton Birthday Bash Book Giveaway – Tony Reinke and Crossway have a generous book giveaway. Reinke has the details at his blog, but the prize is the entire set of the Theologians on the Christian Life series up to date. I’ve entered, so I hope you don’t win.

Kentucky Officer Sued for Handcuffing Child – Wrongly restraining any child can and has led to death. This was unwise, to say the least.

We need some standard or rule from outside of us to help us sort out the warring impulses of our interior life.  –Tim Keller

Honesty and Consistency in the Planned Parenthood Debate

pphealth1One of the most annoying aspects of politics and debate in general is when candidates, politicians, and citizens babble on and on about their position without honestly engaging their opposition. What’s more annoying is candid dishonesty and deception in order to further arguments or promote positions. Pro-lifers and pro-choicers can both do better.

It seems those who have camped on opposite sides of the fence on abortion and Planned Parenthood do nothing except talk past one another. What good does it do when each side tries to prove its point through deception? I understand there are unavoidable biases, that pro-lifers will overlook or casually dismiss deep issues for pro-choicers, and vice versa. But why is it so difficult to get to the heart of the issue?

For example, why does Planned Parenthood act as if abortion is a nothing more than a minuscule service they provide? Their 3% stat is not just deceptive, but also illogical. Why do they feel the need to justify themselves? Abortion is a terrible legality, but a legality nonetheless. Only if they viewed abortion as an undesirable, yet unavoidable necessity would they feel the need to be so defensive. Why can’t they just be honest? Why can’t they just admit they perform more abortions than anyone else in America? Why do they struggle with the stat that almost 94% of pregnant women who walk into Planned Parenthood have an abortion? Planned parenthood is an unborn baby butchery. Can both sides not just see and admit this reality? The only difference should be that the pro-choice camp sees nothing wrong with this, while the pro-life camp is appalled by it.

But with public perception aside, the realities of abortion and fetal tissue trafficking are consistent with Planned Parenthood’s philosophical assumptions and worldview. An abortionist worldview declares the right of a woman to choose to kill her unborn baby is greater than the right of an unborn baby to live. An abortionist worldview scientifically must admit unborn babies are humans, but they deny all unborn babies the right and status of personhood.

The revelations in the undercover videos only show Planned Parenthood acts consistently with their worldview. The ugly reality is that pro-choicers in support of abortion, particularly in the unlimited Roe v. Wade sense, should not be appalled by the dismembering and selling of unborn babies. So, why don’t they speak consistently? Do they fear public opinion that badly? The likely reality is they have been able to hide the atrocious practical workings of their Margaret Sanger inspired worldview for years. Now, more than ever, we all have a view of what choice really means and looks like.

On the other side of things, pro-lifers speak consistently with their worldview, yet seldom act consistently with it. Christians in particular oppose abortion because the Christian worldview propagates the dignity and worth of all human beings by virtue of their inherent status as image bearers of God (Gen. 1:27). Pro-choicers hear pro-life arguments ad nauseum. Blog posts like this one are just another example of this. We love to speak with worldview consistency. But are we acting with worldview consistency? Since we believe all people, including unborn babies are worth of life with dignity as divine image bearers, do we act in consistency with this worldview? Do we practically come alongside women in difficult unplanned pregnancies? Do we support adoption agencies or individuals who are raising funds to adopt? Are we adopting if we are financially able? Do we treat all children, especially those in foster care with the dignity and worth we acclaim them in our arguments? Are we volunteering in pregnancy help centers? Are our time, money, and actions used in service to women and unborn children?

Both pro-choices and pro-lifers must speak and act with worldview consistency. I fully believe when this happens, the curtain will be lifted and the atrocity of abortion will be clearly seen for what it is.

What bothers me in all of the discussions I have seen and taken part in is the false dichotomy created between women’s health and the elimination of legal abortion. Those on the Left claim defunding Planned Parenthood would be a severe blow to women’s health care. They see it as a tragic step back in women’s rights and health care. This is where I am by no means an expert, but must ask a serious question: How dependent are American women on Planned Parenthood’s services excluding abortion? Excluding abortion, does Planned Parenthood provide services that other women’s health care providers do not? But a more serious question I want to propose to proponents on both sides of the issue: Why is the Planned Parenthood debate either or and not both and? The Left cries that to support the defunding of Planned Parenthood is to oppose women’s health care. They equate pro-life to anti-women. It is such political and intellectual dishonesty that needs to be removed from our rhetoric.

Why is fighting abortion equivalent to opposing women’s health care? Why can’t we advance women’s health care and eradicate abortion? Why does women’s health care depend so heavily on an abortion agency like Planned Parenthood in particular?

If the issue was women’s health care and not abortion, then no one should have a problem defunding the leading abortion organization that kills unborn babies, dismembers them, and sells their parts for profit and funding other women’s health care organizations that do not provide abortion services. I have no problem with Planned Parenthood’s other services that have nothing to do with abortion. That is not the issue. I am in total support of all women of all races and ethnicities receiving optimal health care. I am just not in support of this at the expense of the total disregard for the health care of unborn babies. The fact is that Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million in taxpayer money and they kill over 900 unborn babies every day. This has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with abortion. The cost of women’s health care is not the intentional killing of “unwanted” babies.

The defunding of Planned Parenthood has everything to do with abortion. I just wish the rhetoric from the Left would honestly speak to this and the actions from the Right would consistently do something about it. But most of all, I hope for bipartisan support for not just the defunding of Planned Parenthood, but the eradication of legalized abortion in America.

For now, in order to further the discussion and debate, the least we can all do is be honest and consistent with our own worldviews. For pro-choicers, this means speaking more honestly and consistently. For pro-lifers, this means acting more honestly and consistently.

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.