Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. According to the National Right to Life Committee, more than 50 million abortions have occurred in the US since the landmark ruling. For many of us not yet forty it’s difficult to contemplate that number without a sense of wistful loss for what might have been. The milestone anniversary prompted a number of articles, blog posts, and media pieces providing retrospect and prospect on the issue of abortion in America. Of the many that I read, both for and against, one in particular has stuck with me. Mary Elizabeth Williams, a staff writer for Salon, wrote a piece entitled “So What If Abortion Ends a Life?” In it she provides a brutally honest yet deeply disturbing personal assessment of abortion.
Recently, Dr. Daniel Davey went to a local university to participate in a lunch organized by a Christian student union. Dr. Davey had a few minutes to formally address the 30 students about the unique training opportunities that CBTS Virginia Beach provides those who want to preach the Word. After speaking, we stood at our table and talked with any students who wanted to talk.
Last week in two separate blog posts Carl Trueman, a well-known theologian, church historian, and pastor, pointed to some recent developments in the ongoing discussions within evangelicalism over creation and human origins (see here and here). Dr. Trueman outlined a number of significant consequences that follow from the conclusions reached in this debate. Embracing evolutionary interpretations of the origin of life rather than the traditional, divine fiat view of creation in Genesis 1, Trueman argues, leads to an erosion of the traditional Christian understandings of complementarianism, original sin, and the person of Christ. In time such conclusions eat away the foundations of the gospel itself. He concludes that “the question of Adam is arguably the biggest doctrinal question facing the current generation.”
When Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning the restoration of a brother under discipline, he cautioned them about letting Satan gain advantage of them. In this connection he made the somewhat “side comment” that we are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices (2 Cor 2:11). However, in reflecting on this passage, I must confess that I wonder how true that is today. That is, among believers today, how aware are we of Satan’s devices?