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ABORTION: How Would You Answer Your Niece?

Recently I received a friendly Facebook message from my niece, who lives in the United States. A 24 year old millennial, she is an intelligent thinker, thoroughly postmodern, has a soft, sweet, and compassionate side. She loves US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders - she ‘feels the Bern.’ Though she had been exposed to the gospel, she chose to embrace an alternative lifestyle. She knows and respects that I am an ordained Christian minister with a conservative, high-view of Scripture.
Imagine my surprise when she asked me the following question:
What is your view on abortion, and why do you feel that way? Your professional and personal qualms with the issue would be appreciated. Please feel free to get as deep as you would like. The more information the better. Thank you uncle.
So, as a blogger, I decided to share my answer to my niece with the world.
What would you say to your niece if she asked you about abortion?
Here is what I said to mine:
Terminology: First, let’s define terms. A…

CABBAGE & MEAT: A Stir Fry ‘Home-Run’

We have been serving this stir-fry style dish for years and it always hits a home run.
Ingredients
2 T. oil (coconut, peanut, olive oil, or some other healthy oil) 1 onion, chopped finely 2-3 cloves of garlic 1-2 carrots, grated or chopped small 3 celery ribs, chopped finely 500 to 750 grams of mince (ground) meat: beef, chicken breast, or turkey 1/2 cup of rice, preferably long-grain (basmati, jasmine, or similar) 2 chicken stock cubes or a packet of dry chicken noodle soup 2 cups of liquid chicken stock 2 T. curry powder 1 cup water 1/2 cabbage, cored and shredded 1-2 spring (green) onions for garnish (optional)
Directions
1.Heat a wok or frying pan with oil, using medium to high heat. Pan fry onions, garlic, carrots and celery for 3 minutes. Add meat and cook for 5 minutes, making sure the mince is broken up. Drain excess fat. 2.To this mixture add rice, stock cubes/soup mix, liquid chicken stock, water and curry powder. Stir thoroughly. 3.Allow to boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer. Cover …

A HASTY DEPARTURE: Why Study the Book of Exodus

Introduction
It has captured the world’s imagination: ten dramatic plagues meant to chasten a recalcitrant Pharaoh, the parting of the Red Sea as on dry land, manna descending from heaven, fire and shaking that hits the holy mount. It was even the subject of a block-buster movie called The Ten Commandments.
Those who want to be ‘future-ready’ need a solid grounding in God’s Word. Understanding Exodus is fundamental for such grounding. May this article be a resource for further Bible study.
Hebrew Name
All these things - and more - are part of the great Bible book called Exodus. The name in the original Hebrew is we’elleh shemoth, ‘And these are the names …’ which happen to be the very first words of the book. The name ‘Exodus’ comes from Greek, meaning
Pentateuch Introduced
Exodus is one of the five books of Moses, known as the Pentateuch (Greek for five volumes) or Torah in Hebrew. These include Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Originally, the Pentateuch was written as…