Call to Prayer in Ordinary Time Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Hollifield   

Prayer-graphic March23sq"Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own...God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open..." Ephesians 6:13-18 (The Message)

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“Is there any good news?” Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 107474853 SI answered the phone in the office of Presbyterians Pro-Life a couple of years ago and a pastor asked me, "Is there any good news?" I don't remember the details of our conversation, but the question stuck. Rather suddenly, during a post Easter cantata last Sunday morning, the answer came: For those of us in Christ, there is always good news. Jesus is alive! Ultimately that is everything that matters. The follow up question for each of us is, "How am I communicating to the world that Jesus is Life and that he is the Lord of life?"

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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Mar. 18 Print E-mail

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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has set aside March 18 for celebrating six million very special people worldwide. They are participants in our churches, families, workplaces, and schools and when allowed to be born they are living longer and healthier lives. In 1983, those born with Down Syndrome had a life expectancy of only 25 years. Today, those allowed to be born can expect to live 60 years. Last week the oldest living man with Down Syndrome, Kenny Cridge, celebrated his 76th birthday!

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Equal Rights Institute teaches tips for dialogue Print E-mail

"To train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively."

UC Davis Equal Rights InstThat's the mission of the Equal Rights Institute, a new pro-life organization founded by brothers Josh and Tim Brahm. I attended their recent all day training in Sacramento and followed it up with two days at University of California, Davis where we dialogued with students. The training taught me to use three essential skills: ask questions, listen to understand, and find common ground when possible.

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I know a different Jesus Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

feetTexas abortion provider, Hagstrom Miller, was asked in an interview if there was a "spiritual dimension" to her work. She described her background in a "liberal Christian tradition," and imagined Jesus supporting a woman during abortion:

"The Jesus that I was taught about would be holding the hands of women inside the clinic; he wouldn't be screaming at them. Acting on Christian principles is holding the hands of people at difficult times in their lives, and being supportive and nonjudgmental and kind."

Miller's view of Jesus is distorted by her desire to promote abortion as "a normal part of women's reproductive lives" as she describes it on her clinic's website. She is in the business of abortion and her rhetoric is designed to cloud the ugly reality that abortion destroys a human life in a bloody and painful procedure. She casts it instead as something positive for women. The picture of Jesus that Miller paints as someone who would sit passively in an abortion clinic and be 'nonjudgmental' demands a response from the Christian community.

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