Archive for January, 2012
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
If you want to take these in more or less in the order they were spoken, read from the bottom up.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Crawford Loritts is the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. His talk this morning is especially related to his book Never Walk Away: Lessons on Integrity from a Father Who Lived It.
If you want to follow the comments in the order he made them, read from the bottom up.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Here are my collection of tweets from the first session of the Desiring God Pastors Conference 2012 — God, Manhood, & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ.
The more-or-less chronological order begins at the bottom and moves toward the top.
Your grown kids & your little ones need you to revel in the cross. @JohnPiper#dgpascon
I don’t know of a whole, well-functioning family in the whole Bible. @JohnPiper#dgpascon
Many parents are teaching fractions instead of godliness–“I mean it! 1. . . 2. . .2 1/2.. . . 2 3/4.” @douglaswils #dgpascon
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
Life with Talitha — part 5
As long as I have a memory, I will know what date it was that Talitha learned what a birth mother is.
On a bitter, freezing January 22–in 2001–we stood with thousands of others outside the Minnesota Capitol, rallying for Life.
Talitha pointed to the line drawing on a poster raised high in the distance. “Look, there’s a picture of a baby being born–like baby Elizabeth!” I could see it was really a sketch of a partial birth abortion, but she didn’t need to know yet the horrors of that.
So I picked up the flow of her thought. “Yes, like your little friend. And like you.”
She quickly corrected me, “I wasn’t born. I was adopted.”
I had been thinking for a while it was time to expect questions from Talitha about her birth. Adoption was an everyday word and concept in our family, but we hadn’t yet talked about one very important person to whom we owe great gratitude.
Question or no, now was the time. And so on the stately steps of the capitol, I stooped to look into her eyes. “Talitha, first you were born and then you were adopted.” I explained that she had grown inside another woman–her birth mother–who could have chosen abortion, but instead protected her and gave birth to her.
Talitha carried home a “Choose Life” poster and put it in her bedroom window.
Today I thank God for the woman who gave birth to our beloved Talitha.
For many of us, being pro-life has changed our families through adoption. A couple of years ago I wrote a series of blog posts telling our adoption story. It begins here.
A follow-up series, Life with Talitha, begins here.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
Today I am thinking of only-God-knows-how-many people whose names only God knows. Maybe 52 million?
The oldest of our 5 children was born just 3 months before the US Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision which was delivered on January 22, 1973. That means that those millions of babies — people — killed over the last 39 years are the peers of all my children. Only God knows which of them might potentially have been their playmates, classmates, work partners.
In a few minutes I’ll be gathering with other worshippers at Bethlehem’s south campus to hear my husband’s message to us on this heartbreaking anniversary.
I hope this day might be different than other Sundays for you. Perhaps you might:
- be gathering with others to let your presence proclaim your honoring of the sanctity of human life (For Minnesotans, it’s 2 pm at the State Capitol).
- take time to pray with compassion for mothers who are considering abortion right now and for God’s peace to to be understood and accepted in the hearts of men and women who have been responsible for an abortion.
- remember that no sin is too great for God to forgive. Jesus paid for it already for you or anyone who turns to him with faith.
- read the short booklet about abortion, free at the Desiring God website
May God bless this day to you for his sake among the babies–for the sake of the great name of the creator of all human beings.
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Skip on over to Tell Me When to Pack to see part 1 of the video of my presentation last week about my Esther Expedition to China, coming up in March.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Monday, January 9th, 2012
That’s American Southern for Everybody’s welcome, and we want to see you!” I just got home from Georgia, the place where I learned my “heart” language all those years ago.
Now I’m turning my eyes and heart toward China, and I’m saying it twice because I’m inviting you twice. I hope I’ll see you two times this week.
Invitation 1: Tomorrow night
Presented by Noel Piper and Joann Pittman
Tuesday, January 10
Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown Campus
Invitation 2: Thursday evening
Presented by Joann Pittman
Thursday, January 12
Ramsey County Library Community Room, 2180 Hamline, Roseville, MN
Spread the word!
All y’all come and bring your family and friends. Joann and I are looking forward to seeing you.
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
(If you’re following Tell Me When to Pack, please forgive this duplication, but I want to make sure lots of friends get our invitation for Tuesday.)
It’s not that long ago when I was thinking, “Can I really spend a month in China? Is this a crazy idea?” Right at that time, no kidding, this was my fortune at Lee Ann Chin (don’t tell Joann, but that’s my family’s favorite “Chinese” place to eat).
I don’t want you to think that the paths of my life are guided by fortune cookies, but yes, my tickets now are booked.
Joann and I are thankful to all of you who are following with interest our Esther expedition. We’re getting together to talk about our trip and hope you can join us. We’ll have pictures and stories and maybe some goodies too.
Bethlehem to China: A Journey
Downtown Campus, Room 114
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
7:00pm – 9:00pm
In the late 1920’s, a young woman departed Bethlehem for southwest China, where she worked as a nurse and teacher until 1951. Esther’s story rests in her letters, and it’s a story waiting to be discovered and told.
In March 2012, Noel Piper and Global Partner Joann Pittman will travel to China to trace the life and legacy of Esther. They’ll be seeking the land and people that captured Esther’s heart, traveling to the towns and villages where she served, hopefully even finding people who remember her.
You are invited to hear Noel and Joann talk about their upcoming “Esther Expedition” on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00pm at the Downtown Campus.
RSVP isn’t required, but we’d love to know if you’re coming. You can do that by commenting here or by using the Contact link above–also if you have any questions.