Archive for May, 2011

Review of “unPlanned” dvd

May 25, 2011

This sixty-minute DVD is based on the book Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leaders’ Eye-opening Journey across the Life Line. I have not read the book, but this DVD is definitely worth watching. It tells the story of Abby Johnson who went from the so-called “pro-choice” position on abortion to being “pro-life.” Having had two abortions herself while in college, she was a true believer in the mission of Planned Parenthood. So much so, that she ended up running one of their more successful clinics. Sadly, successful to Planned Parenthood means how many babies are aborted. Eventually this caused a crisis of conscious within Abby and an amazing grace filled turnaround.

However, Abby is not the hero in this story. The heroes are the people from the Coalition for Life office down the street. Their calm, prayerful, Christ-like demeanor is the real story line. Many “pro-life” protestors are doing more harm than good, but done correctly, like the ones in this story, they can change hearts. Changed hearts are the key.

I just became a grandfather for the first time. I found myself crying along with Abby’s father as he mourned the loss of his two aborted grandchildren. It was a gut-wrenching reminder that it’s not only the baby who suffers the pain of abortion.

This DVD was produced by Focus on the Family in association with Tyndale House Publishers and Franklin Films. It was provided to me free of charge to review from Tyndale House Publishers as part of the Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions in the review are my own.


Reflections on Thirty Years of Ministry

May 23, 2011

On May 24, 1981, I graduated from Midwestern Baptist College. That August, at the ripe old age of twenty-one, I started in full-time Christian ministry. It is the only vocation I have had for thirty years.

Looking back over those thirty years in the ministry I realize that I had much to learn as a twenty-one year old who was just beginning to preach. Thirty years later, I realize that I still have much to learn.

I have found that the Word of God is sufficient to guide us. We need nothing other than Scripture. I don’t need signs or promptings or a small still voice. I hear God speak to me in the Bible.

I love books. You should read good books. But we should read the Bible more.

I have found that man-made rules will neither change lives nor hearts. The Word of God will do both.

I have learned that one sermon will not change your life. Change is a slow process, but you cannot overestimate the cumulative affect of hearing the word preached week after week.

I have learned that I don’t know everything. Sadly, that has been a hard one to learn. Raising three kids helped teach me that. I believe children are God’s gifts for the purpose of humbling us.

I have learned that people who disagree with me aren’t necessarily bad people. They may simply disagree with me. It isn’t always personal. I have also learned that sometimes it is.

I can’t believe that after thirty years, I am still striving to overcome my self-righteousness. Grace is so much better than law. I am not worthy to be pastor. Nor I am adequate.

I have learned that pastoring the same church for over thirteen years is a blessing from God. I don’t know how the church feels though. Pastoring is also at times very frustrating and heart breaking.

I have learned that I never should stop learning.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Happy 400th birthday King James Bible

May 3, 2011