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Abortion doctor found guilty of murder

Raw video of former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell heading back to jail after being found guilty on three of four counts of first-degree murder involving the deaths of four babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a former patient (Credit: NBC 10 Philadelphia)Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion provider in Philadelphia, has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder.  Prosecutors claimed that he ended the lives of fetuses which had been born alive.  In one case, a baby was delivered into a toilet and appeared to make swimming motions before one of Dr. Gosnell's assistants cut its neck.  After 10 days of deliberations, the jury rendered its guilty verdict.  (If you'd like to learn more, you might watch 3801 Lancaster, a documentary produced on the issue.)

Last month I wrote on the trial, focusing on the lack of coverage in mainstream media.  Today I'd like to consider the logic exposed by the verdict.  The fetuses that Dr. Gosnell was found to have murdered were the same after their birth as before—only their location had changed.  Eight former workers testified in the trial that they saw babies move, breathe or whine.  They were no more alive than they had been moments before.

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Pastor responds to columnist on reality of hell

A stained glass window inside Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas (Credit: Highland Park Presbyterian Church)Steve Blow is an award-winning writer for The Dallas Morning News and a good friend.  He wrote a column in last Sunday's paper that is generating a great deal of controversy.  It claims that the majority of Christians have given up belief in a literal hell and the necessity of faith in Christ, and seems to recommend that the rest of us change our rhetoric and commitments accordingly.

Dr. Ron Scates has written a response that is so outstanding, I asked his permission to post it on our website.  Ron is the closest pastor friend I've ever had.  I admire beyond words his courage, conviction, and compassion, and agree with every word that follows:

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A conversation about life

Adult hands holding the foot of a baby (Credit: Pawel Loj via Flickr)In 1973, I was a freshman in high school.  "Pong" was the most popular video game; "All in the Family" was the most popular television show.  The average home cost $32,000; gas was 40 cents a gallon.  Secretariat won the Triple Crown; Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a tennis match; barcodes were invented.

How the world has changed since then.  But nothing that happened in 1973 has affected our nation nearly so much as an event that occurred on January 22 of that year.  On that date, the Supreme Court issued its ruling that the constitutional right to privacy makes it legal for women to obtain an abortion.  Since that time, more than 55 million abortions have been performed in the United States.

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Can ministers be restored after personal failure?

Members of the Press gather outside Cardinal O'Brien's residence in Edinburgh on the day of his resignation. (Credit: Kim Traynor via en.wikipedia.org)Cardinal Keith O'Brien will be the first cardinal to miss a papal conclave because of personal scandal.  The cardinal is Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader.  He is alleged to have acted inappropriately with three priests and a former priest in the 1980s, charges he is contesting, and is resigning from his office.

While Cardinal O'Brien has clearly not been convicted of wrongdoing, his resignation raises the question: can ministers be restored after moral failure?  What does the Bible say?  What guidelines could churches and ministers follow today?

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Why are young adults so stressed?

Young adult woman, Coffee House Clarice, nervously bites her fingernails (Credit: Maxwell GS via Flickr)Young adults are more likely to have depression or anxiety disorder than anyone else in our society.  According to USA Today, more than half of adults ages 18-33 say their stress has kept them awake at night in the past month; 39 percent say their stress has increased in the past year.  While the rest of the population is experiencing a decline in stress, young adults' anxiety is increasing significantly.  Why is this?

The article cites employment as the central issue.  In January, 13 percent of Americans ages 18-29 were unemployed; another 1.7 million young adults have given up looking and no longer count in unemployment statistics.  Many who do have jobs cannot find work in the field for which they prepared and are struggling to repay huge student loans.

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