So what can the church offer to a woman who is facing the difficult decision of how to handle an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy? This is one of the best responses I’ve come across. In my opinion the church has little to no right to condemn abortions if it isn’t willing to offer difficult alternatives like the one below.
William Wilmon describes hearing an African-American pastor’s response to the grim reality of teen pregnancy in his book, “What’s Right With The Church”. Here is an excerpt from Willimon’s book, and it is beautifully sacramental:
“We have young girls who have this happen to them. I have a 14-year-old in my congregation who had a baby last month. We are going to baptize the child next Sunday, “he added.
“Do you really think that she is capable of raising a little baby?” Another minister asked.
“Of course not, “he replied. “No 14-year-old is capable of raising a baby. For that matter, not many 30-year-olds are qualified. Babies are too difficult for any one person to raise by herself. “
“So what do you do with babies? “They asked.
“Well, we baptize them so that we all raise them together. In the case of that 14-year-old, we have given her baby to a retired couple who have enough time and enough wisdom to raise children. They can raise the mama along with her baby. That’s the way we do it. “
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast, Andrew Peterson returns. Since we are so close to the Easter Season we talk a lot about his classic record, Resurrection Letters Volume 2. It was great to record this episode on location in Nashville at the Rabbit Room’s North Wind Manor. There’s a little something for everyone here. Great music and great conversation with a great artist, Andrew Peterson.
Since I close chapter three of the book by talking about St. Patrick I wanted to share the entire chapter as a celebration of his life and legacy. I hope you enjoy it. The book can be purchased from Amazon.com at this link.
Simply click on the picture below to read Chapter 3 – St. Patrick and Psalm 42
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast we are joined by Singer, Songwriter, Author, and Worship Leader Paul Baloche. Paul has written so many great songs for the church (Open The Eyes of My Heart, Above All, Our God Saves, Hosanna) and on April 1st he will be releasing a brand new live album with Integrity music. Hear all about it from Paul himself this week on Voices In My Head.
Rick Lee James also has some big live album news to share. Basement Psalms Live is available this week for the first time on Amazon Instant Video. Hear more about it on this week’s show.
My concert film, Basement Psalms Live has just been added to Amazon Instant Video. To celebrate it’s release I am offering the audio album for free (or a tip) on Noisetrade. Spread the word because this offer will only last a few days.