A Practical Way to Stand for Life

By Jason McConahy,

Last weekend was “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday, a day set aside to acknowledge the need to think rightly about life and stand for the rights of the unborn in our culture. As you ponder your own role in this cultural challenge, we wanted to point you toward a couple of ways to stir your heart and engage your mind. 

First, the annual “baby bottle” fundraiser for the Alpha Center is underway. Grab a baby bottle from the back of the sanctuary, take it home, and fill it with change for the next couple of weeks. We will be collecting them the weekend of February 17th. Also, by way of reminder, MVC has joined with a few other churches in giving 1% of our annual budget to the Alpha Center, which translated to just under $20,000 for the 2018 calendar year.

Second, a few years ago we took two weeks to lay out a biblical foundation for thinking about abortion, and how to meaningfully engage our culture with the healing power of the gospel. If you weren’t with us then, or if you are looking for something to engage your heart and mind on this topic, you can find the series here… 


A Book Recommendation for Thinking Deeper about our Dual Citizenship

By Jason McConahy,

As we have discussed the role of the Christian in the political process over these past few weeks, some of you may feel stirred to dig deeper. Russell Moore’s book “Onward” is a good place to start. The subtitle, “Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel”, gives a good snapshot of the book’s intent - to encourage a bold presence in our culture (rather than retreat from culture) WHILE holding out the hope of the gospel as the true answer for the human condition. The book probes more deeply into the idea of our citizenship (common kingdom of the world vs. redemptive kingdom of God) and the chapter on Human Dignity will deepen your understanding of why being pro-life is not a political position, but rather a biblical ethic. There are a few copies of this book in our bookstore, or it can be found online from many sources.

Thinking Through “Sanctity of Life” Issues

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we asked the question, “Do some issues matter more than others?” when it comes to evaluating the political platforms we support. We answered this question with a “Yes", because while many issues have moral implications, the manner in which government should be involved in those issues may not be clear, leaving room for Christians to differ passionately in their views and stances. But some issues are clear biblically, binding the Christian conscience. It was proposed that issues pertaining to the sanctity of human life are in this category. Here are a few resources to both encourage you, and challenge your thinking as you begin to pray for God to lead your engagement in this election season.

A resource for healing and help in our city - 
http://www.thealphacenter.org

This clip provides a passionate defense for a bold pro-life ethic. You will be challenged. As always, any time you are presented with a short excerpt from anything, consider watching the entire message to catch its context - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=absW29h8KGA

One of the ways a pro-life ethic is being challenged outside of the topic of abortion is the emerging issue of doctor assisted suicide. Currently legal in five states, the legalization of this is now on the ballot for the state of Colorado. Here is a helpful article from this past year that will begin to stir your thoughts on this issue -
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/when-sanctity-of-life-includes-the-right-to-choose-death