My Experience at the “Vita et Veritas” Conference at Yale University
I just returned from New Haven, Connecticut, where I lectured at Yale University’s annual “Vita et Veritas” conference about my new academic book, Aborting Aristotle. Last year, I attended the conference and found myself impressed with the intellect and convictions of these pro-life students. This year’s conference inspired me even more, as I saw student groups drive in from Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Brown and many other universities to learn about and defend the sacredness of human life. I firmly believe that these students will play a crucial role in abolishing abortion in the United States.
The “Choose Life at Yale” group was founded by Courtney McEachon, who graduated from Yale in 2014. Courtney will attend medical school next year to pursue a career as a neonatologist, providing medical care for newborn infants.
How many of us wish we could be more disciplined, organized and consistent in our lives? I can look back at my life in my 20s and think of a lot that I have done well, and many areas where I could improve. At times, I still struggle with wasting time on social media, when I could be writing a book. I’ve stayed out at meaningless social gatherings when I should have gone to bed earlier so that I could be alert the next day to spend more time in Bible reading, prayer and exercise. Robert J. Morgan confesses that when he was a teenager he was pretty lazy and unmotivated. He slept late, didn’t get to bed at a decent hour, didn’t make his bed, and he struggled with loneliness and depression. But that changed at 19 years of age, when he fully yielded his life for God to be Lord of all of his life. Morgan has written a very practical book called Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose. I want to share just five of the takeaways from Robert Morgan’s outstanding book:
A Parent Gives the Case for Faith at Children's Sports Practice.
Today’s post is by Disruptive Truth’s new team member Dr. B.J. Mauser, the husband of Amber and father of five children.
The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Centuries before Boy Scouts existed, Peter told Christians to always be prepared to give reasons for their hope (1 Pet. 3:15). Nevertheless, evangelism scares some people. If this is you, I encourage you to take comfort in realizing that there are many ways to spark discussion about spiritual things.
Recognize your own story can impact many. Divide your faith journey into three parts and be willing to share it. The first part is telling in broad strokes how you were before Christ and the specific thing that helped you realize your need for salvation (some have shared their life was without meaning). In my case, I examined the evidence and found out Christianity was true. The second step is sharing what you believed and did once you had saving faith. The third is to explain how your life has changed. Circumstances determine whether you share the two-minute version of your story or one that is longer.
Tony Perkins' new book inspires this generation to live fearless
Why do we fear? Oftentimes we have fear because we don’t trust God. We also often fear because we love the approval of others more than we love the approval of God. We fear because we think that this life is all there is. We fear because we are impatient and care about people’s opinions more than the Word of God.
Simply put, our tendency as human beings is to be fearful. Throughout history, God’s people have often given into fear because of wanting to look like the culture around them. But God has often risen up young leaders to live with convictions against the relativism of society. People like Daniel, Joshua, Esther, and others who had the backbone to be different are great examples.
If we truly fear God, we will be fearless of everything else.
Jesus said, “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him Who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:5)
Together, let’s step out in faith and change this generation.
Last week, I was invited to give a pro-life talk. There was a young man in the second row with tears coming down his face. It was evident his emotions were stirred towards the truth he was hearing. His friend explained to me that earlier this week he was suicidal, likely from the guilt and shame of taking his girlfriend to get an abortion at Planned Parenthood.
An undercover video by the Center of Medical Progress, led by David Daleiden, has shown a top ranking Planned Parenthood abortion physician meeting with investigators posing as Fetal Tissue Procurement Company. In the video, Dr. Mary Gatter, an executive Planned Parenthood abortionist, shows interest in selling intact unborn fetuses for profit. Before the Center of Medical Progress exposed Planned Parenthood, other groups including Live Action, led by Lila Rose, have documented “rampant sexual abuse cover-up, racism, medical misinformation, the willingness to assist sex traffickers, false statements made by Planned Parenthood executives, sex-selective abortion, and infanticide.”
Many Americans who have not been familiar with the history of Planned Parenthood, have been asking questions about Planned Parenthood. Some are wondering if these videos are a fair representation of Planned Parenthood. Others are asking if abortion is only one of the many procedures that Planned Parenthood does or is abortion the primary procedure? What is the true nature of Planned Parenthood?
Tonight I’m preparing to give about multiple lectures and sermons (mostly pro-life talks) for New Hampshire and then Virginia the following week.
My friends Paul Compton and John Welborn have asked me to speak at their churches and I’m honored also to lecture at a Ratio Christi chapter at the University of New Hampshire.
I want to share some of my rough sermon notes and thoughts with you. Please forgive my poor grammar.
I’ve been asked to give a pro-life message on Mother’s Day coming up and I’ve been wrestling with what angle I should take so that I can address the horrors of abortion but show appreciation for mothers. I’m leaning towards starting with Luke 1.