WHEN IS ABORTION JUSTIFIED? Here is a good article on why aborting children diagnosed prenatally to have genetic diseases is not Biblical. I quote, 'We do not get to decide if this is what we want. God gives life and we are to accept it as the treasure it is, whether that life is normal or marked by disability.' Having had these discussions over the dinner table in hostel, I always found (to my huge surprise) that I was usually the only one who believed that abortion is not justified in any situation except when the mothers life is at stake (which happens so rarely as to be negligible). Even some of my Christian friends did not agree with me and in fact, considered me cruel and insensitive. I guess things are clear to me as this issue was always a part of my life and discussions at home as my father's first book was on the topic - Let Me Live.
SHADOWING DR. JESUS: An insight-filled meditation on doing rounds with our Saviour by Andi and Sheba Eicher on the EMFI blog. A thought which struck me (describing the actions of Peter's mother-in-law after she was healed), 'But the healing process is not just an absence of a pathogen or the elimination of a root etiology. Healing means wholeness - and what does the person do after the illness? In the case of Simon's mother, she was able to joyfully serve - immediately! How wonderful to see a person bursting with health - health not just enjoyed by the now-well-person, but channelled into serving others. Our work of healing is to help the dear people we serve... themselves in turn serve others! And what better person to serve - than the Master Himself?'
GLORIFYING GOD IN OUR MOVIE-WATCHING: Thoughts from Pastor John Piper on whether enjoying arts, movies and culture can be God-honouring. The conclusion - 'I just think we need to test our hearts big time. Big time. Why are we able to enjoy hell bound, God ignoring, Christ dishonoring, false world views because we can give it a little twist at the end that it taught us this or that about the world? So, I think the main thing I'm saying there is, test your heart as to whether entertainment is defaulting to the world, or to something more wholesome. We live in an age where we tend to default to the world for entertainment.'
MODERN COUNSELLING: Enjoy this spoof of our present-day monetary and time-based counselling practices and read this article for a Christian comment on it.