MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Does This Sound Scary to You?

June 16th, 2015 Viewed 81 times, 1 so far today

Euthanasia Protest by Global PanoramaI was reading Ann Althouse’s post Where doctors perform euthanasia even on non-terminal patients and pronounce it “very magical.” and this part scared me:

[P]eople have… been euthanized because they had autism, anorexia, borderline personality disorder, chronic-fatigue syndrome, partial paralysis, blindness coupled with deafness, and manic depression. In 2013, Wim Distelmans euthanized a forty-four-year-old transgender man, Nathan Verhelst, because Verhelst was devastated by the failure of his sex-change surgeries; he said that he felt like a monster when he looked in the mirror. “Farewell, everybody,” Verhelst said from his hospital bed, seconds before receiving a lethal injection.

Really?  Someone was euthanized for anorexia?  I think there’s a problem here, and it’s not Belgium’s Catholic, patriarchal roots.  How could someone go to a doctor with a problem knowing that the doctor could refer you to someone that would suggest that you should just die to solve it?


Image: Euthanasia Protest by Global Panorama

Elizabeth Elliot (1926-2015)

June 15th, 2015 Viewed 99 times, 1 so far today

Elizabeth Elliot

Elizabeth Elliot, wife of Jim Elliot of missionary fame, passed away this morning (June 15, 2015) at the age of 88.

Her testimony is located at Elizabeth Elliot (1926-2015) on Justin Taylor’s blog.

I have read a couple of her books as well as watched the movie on Jim and the sacrifice of his life for the cause of Christ.  If only more people would stand and take to heart his statement of “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Rest in peace.

Hell is for Real

April 3rd, 2015 Viewed 55 times

One of the phrases that has stuck with me since my time at Bob Jones University is one that was sort of a question and answer phrase:

Speaker: The most sobering reality in the world today is that…

Response: People are dying and going to Hell today.

Some in modern Christendom have decided that Hell is not real, that all make it to Heaven.  They are shrinking from this reality because this reality is inconvenient and, frankly, difficult to accept.  How can a loving God send people to a place of eternal torment?  The answer is that in order to be good, He must be just.  That justice does not allow for sin to be excused without a substitute.

On this Good Friday, as we remember what Jesus has done by shedding His blood on the cross and taking the punishment of our sin on Himself, let us remember that there is a punishment for sin– death and Hell.  Let us remember the call, that there people that are dying and going to Hell today, and that we are tasked with the mission to reach them with the Good News of redemption.

Would You Rather Be Run Over By Death, Or It’s Shadow?

November 14th, 2012 Viewed 190 times

Alone amongst the deadA famous Bible teacher that lost his wife to cancer while she was in their thirties explains salvation and its relation to death to his daughter:

Barnhouse nodded and said, “Did you know that the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us? Your mother has not been overrun by death, but by the shadow of death. That is nothing to fear.”


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When is a Baby a Baby?

January 16th, 2009 Viewed 1434 times

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In New Jersey, it depends on whether it lived outside the womb.  I recent case that is drawing attention once again to this question centers around a small body that was thrown out with the hospital’s trash.

You R Going 2 Die

December 16th, 2008 Viewed 1491 times

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So said the scrawling on the bathroom stall I found myself in Monday morning.  Now, I guess I could have taken it as a warning, and left immediately, but instead I found myself reflecting on the fact that we’re all mortal, and we all have a short time on Earth to make an impact.

Tim Russert Has Passed Away—Age 58

June 13th, 2008 Viewed 1153 times

russert.h2I respected this journalist as someone that didn’t play favorites, did his homework, and made people from both parties squirm.

He will be missed:

WASHINGTON – Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after collapsing in the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

In Memory of Maria

May 26th, 2008 Viewed 1362 times, 1 so far today

Steven Curtis Chapman Family By now you’ve probably all heard, Maria Chapman, the 5-year-old adopted daughter of singer Steven Curtis Chapman, was stuck and killed by an SUV being driven by an older teenage brother.

Words cannot express how difficult this time will be for the family, and what they will be remembering this memorial day.

Sadaam Hussein’s Eternal Home

December 31st, 2006 Viewed 11677 times, 1 so far today

In case you haven’t heard, Sadaam Hussein died December 29, 2006. The political blogs are swirling. Michelle Malkin talks about some interviews done of Fox News. Say Anything has a link to the video on the Drudge Report. The BBC has the account from the Iraq State TV— which didn’t show the actual hanging, but describes the lead up to it.

But by far the most obnoxious statement is from Wizbang under a post entitled “Believe it or not, he’s walking on air…

What to Say When Someone Dies

August 15th, 2006 Viewed 50975 times

ComfortThis is a tough topic for many reasons. If you’ve never lost someone close (as I had not until this past February), it’s hard to empathize with someone who has lost their loved one. For one thing, you feel like anything that you say is never enough to quench the grief– and yet that’s what you want to do. You want to take away the hurt, to provide comfort, but the absense cannot be replaced with meer words.

If the person did not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, then there is not much hope that you can give– though you can provide comfort to those that remain through hugs, tears and shared memories. If they did, then you can encourage them that they have gone to a better place, and be thankful that they are no longer in pain.

The biggest impact I think that you can have in the family who has lost a loved one is in your follow up. Many people will show up to the funeral, and many people will remember the lost loved one the week after, but do you remember the anniversaries that the loved one will have that they will no longer be able to share? How about the departed’s birthday or any special occasion that would be marked with the person’s presence.

You see, the greatest impact you can have on a family member is through your support when everyone else forgets.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.