abc_wn_shipman_120202_mnIf you are new to my blog, please read my previous post—Abortion: A love letter.

By now we’re mostly all aware of the videos released by The Center for Medical Progress. These videos feature Planned Parenthood’s director and staff describing how they extract, preserve, and sell body parts of aborted fetuses. Their nonchalance is ghastly beyond words. To view the videos (I could only bare a snippet of a couple) is to witness demonic evil at it’s height.

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regret-womanAbortion has touched my friends, family, and church family’s lives. Regardless of reasons that compelled their choice, I have personally witnessed the burning guilt, hot tears, and smoldering regret.

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Smiling in a graveyard

July 22, 2015 — 2 Comments

GraveyardA couple of months ago I discovered an old graveyard off a bike trail. The markings on the gravestones gave evidence some of the deceased were Christians. It’s surreal to think that on the recorded date of their deaths all of their questions were answered. Never again will they have bruises, backaches, or broken hearts. And they finally know who authored Hebrews.

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brad-pitt_2673230bI dig Brad Pitt. In my opinion, he’s a great actor. From what I’ve learned about him, I think he’s good dude. He’s down to earth. He pranks and can take a prank. He loves his wife and kids. He drinks untainted black coffee and rides a motorcycle (fitting well into my definition of “dude”). Nevermind that our culture worships him as a “beautiful” man, and a “cinema god.”

IN 2009, he appeared on the cover of W Magazine. He did the photo shoot on one condition—that artist Chuck Close, known for his super detailed portraits that reveal every skin flaw, do the shots. Pitt would wear no make-up and there would be no airbrushing of the years of wear on his face.

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A Pastor’s guilt…

March 10, 2015 — 50 Comments

guilt2I think all pastors live with low-grade guilt. I know I do. I’ve searched in vain for a fellow pastor who has written on this sort of thing. So, I figured I’d take a swing at it.

I have low-grade guilt because I want to always be there for all people—especially all the people in the church I pastor. But I can’t. I want to attend every event, reply to every e-mail, return every call, visit every hospital, do every funeral, officiate every wedding, counsel all who struggle, meet with all who want to meet… but I can’t. Funny thing is, no one is pressuring me to do so (okay, maybe a few). It’s almost purely self-inflicted guilt.

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