Current Theme | January 2023

Roe v. Wade at 50 After Dobbs

January 22, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, only that court decision didn’t make fifty years. Hallelujah!! Rather, in answer to five decades of prayer and perspiration, the Lord granted America a Jubilee from the court decision which opened abortion on demand to all fifty states. Now, after the Dobbs decision, abortion remains a blood sacrament in our country, but its access is slipping. Or it could be, if we can continue to pray, work, and plan for its demise. To that end, we will offer a series of biblical, ethical, legal, and practical reflections on abortion this month. May God end this scourge in our generation!

Table of Contents

If the Lord Wills: Where Christ Over All is Going in 2023

By David Schrock • Concise Article • January 1
In 2023 we will cover topics from Roe v. Wade to roles in the church to Civil Rights to Progressive Covenantalism to Christian Nationalism and more—all Lord willing!

Roe at 50: Reflections and the Road Ahead

By David Closson • Longform Essay • January 2
What is the History of the Roe v. Wade supreme court decision, what did the Dobbs decision accomplish, and where do Christians go from here?

Christ Over All in 2023: A Preview

By David Schrock • Podcast Introduction • January 2
What are the exciting topics that Christ Over All plans to tackle in 2023, Lord willing? Tune in to find out!

Should We Be “Whole Life Pro-Life”?

By Brad Green • Concise Article • January 4
Is merely fighting abortion insufficient to be truly pro-life? Or is more required?

The Pro-Life Legacy of Francis Schaeffer

By Christopher Talbot • Concise Article • January 6
How and why did Francis Schaeffer father the "pro-life" movement?

The Economics of Abortion in One Lesson

By Kevin DeYoung • Concise Article • January 9
What domino-like effects are overlooked when abortion is the norm? And what would happen if this was put to an end?

David Closson Reading “Roe at 50: Reflections and the Road Ahead”

By David Closson • Podcast Reading • January 9
What is the History of the Roe v. Wade supreme court decision, what did the Dobbs decision accomplish, and where do Christians go from here? Listen in as David Closson reads his essay on this important topic.

Abortion and the Elimination of the Black Community

By Marla Helseth • Concise Article • January 10
What effect has abortion had on the Black community in particular? And how ought Christians respond?

Encore: Evangelicalism from 2000–2020

By Mark DeVine • Concise Article • January 11
Encore: Who were some of the leaders of reformed Evangelicalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century? And what storm clouds would eventually break open?

Encore: Evangelicalism in 2020 and Beyond

By Mark DeVine • Concise Article • January 11
Encore: What has happened within Evangelicalism since 2020? And what has been the fallout from the brewing storm of the past years?

Don’t Women Need Access to Abortion for Rape?

By Andy Naselli • Concise Article • January 13
If a conception occurred through a heinous act of rape, should the child be aborted? Should Christians end all abortion except for cases of rape?

How One Nineties Youth Pastor Fought Abortion With A Song

By Trent Hunter • Concise Article • January 16
In the fight against abortion, we need more than just arguments. We need music—and much more.

Roe at 50: Reflections and the Road Ahead” Interview • David Closson, Jared Bridges, David Schrock

By David Closson • Podcast Reading • January 9
What is the History of the Roe v. Wade supreme court decision, what did the Dobbs decision accomplish, and where do Christians go from here? Listen in as David Closson, Jared Bridges, and David Schrock discuss these issues and more.

Timestamps

· Intro – 00:27

· Jared Bridges – 1:12

· David Closson – 1:55

· History of Roe v. Wade – 3:03

· Who was Norma McCorvey? – 5:38

· SBC Response to Roe v. Wade – 9:35

· Evangelical Response Effects of Roe v. Wade – 14:07

· History of Family Research Council – 16:31

· What led to the Dobbs Decision? – 18:15

· What difference does overturning Roe make? – 21:49

· Counsel for Pastors Depending on State Laws – 24:00

· How should we think about Abolitionism and Incrementalism? – 25:45

· Practical Things Christians Can Do – 30:01

· Closing Thoughts – 36:12

Resources

· Roe at 50: Reflections and the Road Ahead by David Closson

· The Washington Stand

· Family Research Council

· Center for Biblical Worldview

· Pro-Life Laws in the States

Books

· The Family Roe: An American Story by Joshua Prager

· Biblical Principles for Pro-Life Engagement by David Closson

· Whatever Happened to the Human Race? By C. Everett Koop and Francis A. Schaeffer

Regarding ‘Friendly Fire’ Among Evangelicals over Abortion

By Mark Coppenger • Concise Article • January 18
Incrementalists strongly advocate for a step-by-step approach to ending abortion, while abolitionist advocate for all-or-nothing. What's a Christian to do?

What Shall We Make of Ectopic Pregnancy?

By Mark Coppenger • Concise Article • January 19
What is an ectopic pregnancy, how does it factor in the fight to end abortion, and what ought be done about it?

For The Kids Nobody Wants: Imagine There’s No Children

By David Schrock • Concise Article • January 20
The problem behind abortion is not merely a matter of laws and policies. It is a matter of what people feel to be good and right and beautiful: the social imaginary.

For the Kids Nobody Wants: Longing for and Loving the Little Ones

By David Schrock • Longform Essay • January 23
In order to end abortion, we need to consider what Scripture tells us about the blessedness of children and why we must protect the unborn and offer a new set of images, stories, and celebrations that reform our social imaginaries. Here are four truths that move us in that direction.

“For the Kids Nobody Wants: Longing for and Loving the Little Ones” Reading

By David Schrock • Podcast Reading • January 23
In order to end abortion, we need to consider what Scripture tells us about the blessedness of children and why we must protect the unborn and offer a new set of images, stories, and celebrations that reform our social imaginaries. Here are four truths that move us in that direction.

From Margaret to Martin to Mothers Today: Exposing the Negro Project and Its Deadly Effects

By Virgil Walker • Concise Article • January 24
What links Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and Martin Luther King Jr, the leader of the Civil Rights movement, and what influence does this link carry today?

Dobbs v. Jackson: A Victory for Life and Liberty

By John Avery • Concise Article • January 25
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court decided Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v. Wade. What legal history led to this momentous and life-saving decision?

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