The Twin Towers of Theological Anthropology Print E-mail
Written by Mateen Elass   

Fotolia 116107029 M boyandboatC. S. Lewis freed me from the fear of enjoying fairy tales as an adult. In a collection of essays on literature he wrote, ““When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”[i]

Chapter leaders enter mission discovery process to clarify goals and train for action Print E-mail
Written by Amy Scherschligt   

Choose Life Chapter cropThe Pacific Area PPL chapter met recently to?launch their Mission Discovery Process. Using?tools from Churches for Life, chapter members found the video, handouts and their group discussion to be unifying and defining. The picture above shows the group celebrating a new mission statement: "The Life Team of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church exists to help equip the Church to be Gospel-driven champions of life."

PPL aims to equip churches and train leaders for pro-life action and ministry Print E-mail

October-2016-2webcropTraining leaders and equipping churches to develop pro-life ministry emerged as the priority focus for PPL in 2017 as The Presbyterians Pro-Life (PPL) Board of Directors met last week at the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City, New Jersey.

Giving Thanks to God for YOU this week! Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

A special message from Executive Director, Marie Bowen

Deut-scriptureTo be 'pro-life' involves more than just being against abortion. Evil is loose in the world and human lives are threatened in many ways. Our systems of national care: Medicare, Social Security, and Health Insurance, are increasingly overwhelmed. Denial of care for the elderly and disabled is already a reality and the potential for coercing decisions that hasten death is encroaching. We need leaders trained to assist those navigating complex medical decisions so that God's gift of human life is affirmed through Christian care and his image in us reflected in the moment of natural death.

Cities of Refuge: In Defense of Innocent Life Print E-mail
Written by Justin Marple   

Marple588x882What follows is an article based on the Sunday School class that I led on 10/9/2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City, New Jersey. It was a pleasure to be able to lead so many people concerned about life to reflect on the theme of cities of refuge and innocent blood from books like Numbers and Deuteronomy to the gospel of Jesus Christ and thinking about application for today.

Editor’s note: To read this article as originally posted including an audio file visit Rev. Marple's blog.

Deuteronomy 19:1-13

First some background on cities of refuge. Israel was to have three cities of refuge strategically located so that any manslayer can flee to them. The purpose of a city of refuge is to save the life of an innocent manslayer. The text invites us to imagine a situation where a man does not deserve to die but if he cannot flee to a nearby city of refuge he will.

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