Real Teen Faith: Abortion, A Teen Speaks

My latest article featured on Real Teen Faith:

I stood on the Supreme Court steps in downtown Louisville at 12:02 PM shivering in the cold. All around me were people gathered around a huge statue at the foot of the steps. They were all listening to a speaker who stood at a black podium in between the huge columns at the top of the steps. These were people from all backgrounds – little children, businessmen, mothers, fathers, politicians, doctors, teenagers, and college students.

We were all gathered because abortion was legalized 36 years ago.

As I looked around at the faces, I realized that most of us were survivors of a genocide. A genocide that has taken almost 45 million lives away from our nation. A genocide that was taking a life every 20 seconds. A genocide that could have taken me.

But I was not aborted.

A few kids were holding signs that said “Stop Abortion Now” and “Abortion Kills.” I wasn’t holding anything, but I wish I was – I wish I could hold a sign up, wave a flag, yell, scream, or do anything to stop what was going on at that very minute.

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What To Do With Israel

In light of today’s New York Times article titled “Israelis United on War as Censure Rises Abroad ” by Ethan Bronner, I was reminded of the helpful articles by Russel Moore on the topic of what in the world we are to do with Israel. How should intelligent Christians be responding to the happenings in the Middle East?

Russel Moore asks the question we’re all asking: should we support Israel?.

Last week I stood over the Valley of Armageddon, with Israeli warjets flying overhead and the sound of the Muslim call to prayer humming all around from the loudspeakers attached to the mosques below. It was a sobering moment, more sobering even than the images of explosions in Gaza seen on television round the clock.

Israel is, as always it seems, at war. So should Christians pray especially for Israel, for the Jewish people?

He also has a wonderful article on whether or not Israel has a future.

Is there a future for Israel? Yes. Does this future mean material and political blessings? Yes. Does this future mean the granting of all the land promised to Abraham in Canaan? Yes, along with the entire rest of the cosmos (Rom 4:13). Does this promise apply to ethnic Jews? Yes, one ethnic Jew whose name is Jesus. Do Gentile believers share in this inheritance? Yes, if they are in Christ, one-flesh with him through faith (Eph 5:22-33), they receive the inheritance that belongs to him (Eph 1:11).

I’m Cross-Eyed

Cross-Eyed Blog

As someone who has participated in starting a webzine (rMag and Virtue), I’m excited to announce Cross-Eyed Blog and Webzine. From their website:

“The mission of Cross-Eyed Blog and Webzine is to encourage and build up our brothers and sisters in Christ through articles relevant to their daily lives and struggles. Through the written word we hope to impact Christians and help them live lives that glorify God.

In Spring 2008, Kaysie Hamilton created Cross-Eyed blog to encourage believers to remain focused on the cross and enrich our grasp of the gospel. Flawed modern evangelism has numbed the message of the cross into somewhat of a “magic prayer” to be prayed and then laid aside. This is weakening the church. Biblical gospel is not only the “doorway” to heaven, it is the very foundation and path we walk on in all of life. We should never move on from the gospel. This is the heart behind this blog.

Eric Novak joined the team in Autumn 2008, and revamped the Cross-Eyed blog. He brought to the table his talent for web design, influential writing, and heart for God which created the blog and webzine you see today. They now hope to invite many other passionate believers to write, blog, and live the gospel centered life for the glory of God.”

I have an article you might recognize on the front page. Check it out here.

Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a happy New Year. May we each grow closer to God this coming year, and may he be glorified in all that we do. It’s going to be an exciting new year. Welcome to 2009.