The Ontario Divisional Court Rules That Doctors Must Refer for Abortion And Assisted Suicide

Mandatory referrals are a “reasonable limit” on religious freedom.

Recently the Ontario Divisional Court ruled[1] that Ontario doctors must refer patients for all procedures and drugs, including abortion and assisted suicide, even if they conscientiously object. The Court held that “equitable access” to health care services is of “sufficient importance to warrant overriding” the right of religious freedom. Background of the Case The College of... Continue Reading

Rachael Denhollander: My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander spent years discovering God’s perspective on sexual abuse. Then her advocacy for survivors cost her her church.

In an interview with Christianity Today, Denhollander shared more details about her break with her church community, how poor theology causes many churches to poorly care for sex abuse victims, how she found God’s perspective on sexual abuse in Scripture, and about her convictions that forgiveness and justice are both biblical and must go hand in... Continue Reading

Spurgeon’s Greatest Sermon

In a world where class and lineage still carried great weight, he was the poorly educated son and grandson of ministers.

Spurgeon’s captivating delivery conveyed the message that burned in his heart—the absolute authority and sufficiency of the Bible, the omnipotence of a loving God, and the life demanded of those who claimed salvation in Jesus Christ. It was a firm foundation of theology, but it didn’t stop Spurgeon from suffering many hardships in his life.... Continue Reading

Jeanne d’Albret – a Determined Woman

Some of the most influential women in church history were princesses or queens, who had the ability to establish a state religion according to their convictions.

Under her leadership, protestant preachers enjoyed greater freedom than ever, and the Edict of January in 1562 gave Huguenots the official right of public worship. At the same time, the Catholic faction, led by the Guise family, began threatening Catherine, who started to backtrack by forbidding Huguenot services at court. As conflicts increased, a civil... Continue Reading

Lois Smith, Widow of Morton Smith, Called Home to Glory

Lois Virginia Knopf Smith, 93, of Brevard, N.C., died January 29, 2018.

The Smiths were married on June 30, 1944, and upon moving to Jackson, MS, Mrs. Smith graduated from Belhaven University in 1948. She also worked from 1978 to 1986 for the Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and she will be remembered as a loving mother, wife, homemaker, and... Continue Reading

Senate Confirms Pro-life HHS Chief

The Senate confirmed Alex Azar Wednesday to lead the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department

Azar has broad support from pro-life groups. “We are confident that he has the experience and enthusiasm to lead the way in implementing President Trump’s pro-life priorities,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.   The Senate confirmed Alex Azar Wednesday to lead the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. Azar,... Continue Reading

5 Lies Christians Tell About Money

We need to have an accurate, comprehensive view of biblical personal finance.

God promises to take care of his children (Matt. 6:25–27; Phil. 4:19). But he also instructs us to take responsibility (and action) for our situation (Prov. 10:4–5). When it comes to finances, we have to do our part. In light of his promises, we can be free from worry since we know God will take care... Continue Reading

The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar

I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community.

Most important, we need to encourage and support those brave enough to speak out. Predators rely on community protection to silence victims and keep them in power. Far too often, our commitment to our political party, our religious group, our sport, our college or a prominent member of our community causes us to choose to... Continue Reading

Seeking the “Spirituality of Abortion” at Harvard Divinity School

Healing after abortion is possible, but not through Eastern mysticism rituals and secular teachings.

A Harvard Divinity School student, Kassi Underwood, shared about her post-abortion pain and spiritual-but-not-religious efforts to transcend her grief in an article published on the school’s website in March 2017. While the purpose of the article was essentially to promote Underwood’s memoir, one can’t help but lament the young woman’s faltering attempt to mask the loss of... Continue Reading

Machen’s Militancy Revisited

There can be little doubt that conflict—often needless and ultimately pretty pointless conflict—has been a legacy of 20th century conservative Presbyterianism, but I’m wondering whether Machen is getting a bum rap here.

John Frame’s widely circulated article “Machen’s Warrior Children,” examines the history of theological conflict in conservative American Presbyterianism.  As Frame puts it, “Machen’s children were theological battlers, and, when the battle against liberalism in the PCUSA appeared to be over, they found other theological battles to fight. Up to the present time, these and other battles have... Continue Reading