To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust are we are offering the eBook edition of R.C. Sproul’s Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue for only 1¢ at the Ligonier store.
In Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue, Dr. R.C. Sproul provides well-considered and compassionate answers to the difficult questions that attend termination of pregnancy. Dr. Sproul strives for a factual, well-reasoned approach informed by careful biblical scholarship. He considers both sides of this issue in terms of biblical teaching, civil law, and natural law.
This offer ends on January 31st.
An interview with D.A. Carson from the latest issue of Tabletalk:
Tabletalk: When did God call you to ministry and what were the circumstances that surrounded your call?
D.A. Carson: I was well into a degree in chemistry at McGill University, with well-formed plans to pursue a PhD in organic synthesis, when the Lord began to tug me in another direction. God used several independent influences. The first was the pastor of the church I was attending in Montreal. He told me one summer that he wanted me to serve as his apprentice. I told him that he probably had me confused with someone else. After all, there were several in our college-and-careers group who were contemplating pastoral ministry, but I wasn’t one of them. He assured me that he had not made a mistake—I was the one he wanted. We had a substantial argument, and I “won.” I did not serve as his apprentice. But that was the first step in jogging me to consider a change of direction—and all the pastor was doing, of course, was obeying 2 Timothy 2:2.
When I worked in a lab in Canada’s federal government (plugging away at a problem connected with air pollution), I discovered that some of my colleagues hated their work and longed for retirement, while others idolized their chemistry and dreamed of the big breakthrough that would win a Nobel Prize. I wasn’t in either camp. I thoroughly enjoyed what I was doing, but chemistry was not God. I was, after all, a Christian. At the time, I was devoting my weekends to helping another young man plant a church in the Ottawa Valley. That, too, began to tug at my heart. That autumn, I heard a missionary preach on Ezekiel 22, where God says, “I sought for a man to stand in the gap before me, but I found none.” The Spirit of God used that sermon to make every fiber of my being want to cry out, “Here am I! Send me!” So I never pursued graduate chemistry, and in due course, after more fledgling experiences in ministry, I went off to gain an MDiv in a small seminary in Toronto. That was the autumn of 1967.
New Year’s Day brings out the best of intentions. In fact, we want to make it official by creating a list. As the new year begins, we reflect on where we are in life. Think about the influence of this day—we don’t even make a list of resolutions on our birthday! And yet, we are compelled to evaluate ourselves once a year and think about how we can improve. Glorious visions dance in our heads of our skinnier, healthier, more magnanimous selves. We are more likely to invest some of our money into a gym membership, organic foods, and charitable causes. In January things are looking up…and then comes February.
Like most people, as we head into 2013 I am hungry for change. In our cities, our culture, our families, and even in ourselves we want some things–many things–to be different. A new year brings hope that “it” will get better. The underlying reality of this desire is that things are not as they should be. The world is corrupt, our lives are incomplete, and people are broken.
But for all of the change I do desire, my greatest hope for 2013 is actually no change at all.