It’s Good to be Adopted

by (@TheIRD) March 10, 2014

Brook is Amy’s third child. All three were born out-of-wedlock, fathered by three different men. Amy is a very troubled woman. On the plus side, all three have been adopted by loving Christian families and for all her problems, Amy did not abort her children. Thanks be to God.

The Kingdom of God and Relativism as a Norm

by (@RickPlasterer) March 8, 2014

Moral autonomy, the reigning doctrine of our age, is seriously inhibiting both truth and freedom for the gospel … Because the relativist challenge to truth and morality is so wide ranging, a successful strategy has to be on many fronts. It has to affect the “core of what people believe.”

You Can’t Afford Not to Marry

by (@TheIRD) February 8, 2014

But it doesn’t actually cost $25,000 to get married. “We can’t afford to get married,” often means, “We can’t afford the lavish wedding which is what we or others expect. We’ll do that someday when we have the money.”

Marching for Life in the Cold

by (@TheIRD) January 22, 2014

Yesterday it snowed here in Washington, DC with a high temperature of twenty-six. Today will be sunny with a high of only eighteen and snow all over the ground. Best to stay warm in my home office venturing out only to buy the ingredients for a hardy stew.

Changing the Things We Can

by (@TheIRD) November 24, 2013

When Tim Schaefer was sixteen years old he was contemplating suicide. Fortunately someone anonymously telephoned his father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the local United Methodist church. The caller told him about his son’s state of mind and added that Tim was gay and worried that his parents would reject him.

Would I Lie to Me?

by (@TheIRD) October 9, 2013

“Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown there’s only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming,” says Jasmine, the lead character in Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine.” But in the end, Jasmine doesn’t take to the streets screaming. She fades into the sad, solipsistic Hell of the lies she’s told herself for years.

The Weak, the Strong, and the Rules

by (@TheIRD) September 27, 2013

Thinking back, it used to be hard enough to decide on school clothes, the right sneakers, which lunchbox I wanted, and what kinds of notebooks and pens would be best. Now, in addition to all that, our kids have to worry about picking out backpacks and, er … bathrooms?

Father’s Day and the Future of Faith

by (@TheIRD) June 16, 2013

By Jim Tonkowich He was sitting up front to my left as I faced the audience and spoke. Rather than looking at me, he stared straight ahead at the wall next to the stage. Or at least he wanted me to think that’s what he was doing. In truth, he was watching me carefully and […]

Sin and the Distorted Image

by (@TheIRD) May 20, 2013

By Jim Tonkowich This week Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of three infants who were born alive in his clinic. In addition, he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient and more than 200 other criminal counts. As the Gosnell trial […]

It’s All About Babies

by (@TheIRD) May 3, 2013

By Jim Tonkowich On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that girls as young as 15 must have access to over-the-counter “emergency” contraception, to the so-called “morning-after pill.” According to NPR, while Planned Parenthood was pleased with the decision, other pro-abortion groups were incensed and vowed to fight so that children 14 years old and younger can […]