Abortion: Stem the Tide

On this 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade I felt it was important to post on the topic.

First, I would like to provide some links on the subject:

Greg Lucas: Four Women I Would Like to Thank on the 38th Anniversary of Roe vs Wade (Best blog post I have read on the subject!)

R. C. Sproul on: Experiencing God’s Forgiveness from Guilt Connected with Abortion (Important for all of us to remember: God’s grace is bigger than all of our sins.)

Justin Taylor: The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and Abortion Law

George Grant’s comments and statistics passed on by Ligonier.

Kevin DeYoung: Jesus Loves The Little Children (a startling look at the similarities between our culture and ancient ones)

Scott Klusendorf: Clarity Not Gadgetry: Pro-Life Apologetics for the Next Generation

Justin Taylor: This is Abortion (Warning: the video on this page is extremely graphic and not for the faith of heart.)

A book by Francis J. Beckwith: Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

A book by R. C. Sproul: Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue (Ligonier mailed a copy to every member of Congress this year.)

Second, I like to briefly share my opinion on the matter:

As an adoptive parent, I have a young woman to thank for the greatest blessing that has come into my life since Christ as my Savior and Katherine as my wife: a daughter. My daughter’s birth mother faced one of the most difficult decisions a person could ever face, and she made a good one.

She gave life to a child and placed her into a home where she could be loved and cared for. She named our child Elizabeth Hope, her gift to her daughter by birth.

I once heard John Wood at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville give a short summary of a National Prayer Breakfast he had attended during the Clinton Administration. Mother Teresa spoke at the breakfast. Her comments during part of her speech turned to abortion. She said, “If you do not want your children, then give them to me and I will raise them.” She may be the only person in our generation with enough moral authority to make a statement like that in a context like that.

As my wife and I begin to make financial arrangements to adopt again, I would like to echo her words, even though it is a faint echo. If you do not want your child, then give her to us and we will raise her.


Motivation for World Missions

Gospel for Asia has two wonderful videos on their web site promoting world missions. I recommend them. They can be found here.

[Thanks to Desiring God for the link.]


Over 400 Posts

This is my 401st post at Fear and Trembling. I wanted to give links to some significant posts and some brief thoughts on the blog.

Links to the most popular posts since I installed Google Analytics in late March of 2007:

Some quotes from the Koran.

A disturbing set of quotes from George W. Bush.

A post on the theology of N. T. Wright.

A post on Paley’s teleological argument (argument from design for God’s existence) with links to more resources.

A post on a hymn-writer who suffered from major depression for most of his life, even as a Christian.

A search label of a series of posts I did on why I am a Christian as opposed to other faiths or worldviews.

Some posts I wish people would visit more often:

A post on why we need salvation and why we cannot provide it for ourselves.

My slightly irreverent personal testimony (somewhat ‘tongue in cheek’).

A post on faith and good works.

A search label that gives succinct reasons to accept God’s Existence.

A post that gives a self-serving motivation for missionary activity in the modern world.

My first post on 3/7/2007:

Rob Bell and the gospel.

The blog has changed names twice since inception. It was first “Fear and Trembling: A Baptist Layman Looks At Life.” Then it became “Fear and Trembling: A Presbyterian Layman Looks at Life” when I changed denominations from SBC to PCA. Then I shortened it to just “Fear and Trembling.” This was an effort to shorten the name so Networked Blogs on Facebook would pick up more words from my posts.

Some statistics:

10,973 unique visits. (Analytics kicks out the visits from people who transfer from one blog page to another within the blog for this metric.)

17,634 pageviews. (Yes, my ‘bounce rate’ is often quite high. Hopefully it is from people who have me on feed readers. I may never know.)

Over 830 comments.  (Many from me.)

1:34 average time on site. (I don’t have much time to make a good first impression. Quite a few visits are much longer.)

Visits from 111 countries.

Visits from all 50 U. S. states and two U. S. territories.

I have enjoyed my time blogging and especially those people who have stopped by to leave comments. Those who agree with me have affirmed my efforts. Those that disagree with me have taught me something; I learn from arguments.

I am well-aware that my style of writing is gleaned for the most part from college and professional experience in technical writing. It is almost mechanical. I am, after all, an engineer. I am also well aware that my choice of topics is leaned toward philosophy and hard-core theology. Therefore, this blog is not for everybody.

Here’s to more posts! I plan to keep it up until I get no more hits.



Russell Moore has a post up over at The Resurgence that convicts me for ingratitude (follow this link).  His post really hits home for an adoptive parent like me.

[Side note: This is my 400th post.  Blogging has been fun so far.]


New Year’s Resolutions, 2011

After considerable thought, I resolve to:

Spend more time with my family.

Lose 50 pounds.

Read through Operation World.

Teach through The Good News We Almost Forgot in a Sunday, 06:30, Bible Study.

Make straight A’s in my MBA program at Union University.

Some of these might be mutually exclusive, but I hope not.

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