Care at the end of life: Understanding the terms Print E-mail

Elderly couple holding handsAt the end of life an individual facing their own imminent death or that of a loved one is often faced with a confusing array of decisions for which they and their family are unprepared. What can we do now to prepare for the end of our own lives and to be of help to others facing death and dying?

PPL Readers Respond Print E-mail

DSC 6144-404webIn September, PPL reported on a pending physician assisted suicide bill in California. Since, Governor Brown has signed the bill into law.
Tadashi Agari, a pharmacist from Stockton, CA and a PPL supporter had this to say about the bill.

This is a grave concern for me and others as health care providers. . .

The Gift of Life in the Gospel of John Print E-mail

Fotolia 56327284 XSChristians value human life differently than the secular world and Marianne Meye Thompson put a spotlight on the reason for the difference in her Bible Study, August 19th at the National Gathering of the Fellowship Community in San Diego, CA.

Thompson, Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary, pointed to the theme of life and the meaning of life throughout the Gospel of John. That theme is encapsulated in John 3:16.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Letter to the Editor regarding Planned Parenthood Print E-mail
Written by Wendell Jones, Marshall, TX   

12 weeksIt is incomprehensible to most clear thinking Americans that the Holocaust could occur in such an enlightened and traditionally Christian country as Germany. Yet since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973, a holocaust with much greater numbers than the WWII Holocaust has been legally taking place within our borders.

Our view of God impacts end of life Print E-mail

Fotolia dyingrose SAlthough we may be influenced in ethical decision-making by talk of "the patient's rights" to do whatever he/she wants to do, or the "financial burden" of caring for patients, or the "quality of life" that a patient has or doesn't have—none of these considerations really leads us any closer to the question of what to do in a given case that is both right and faithful in our life with God.

Richard Ayer, Lutherans for Life article 2005

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