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January 2001 Issue

A Testimonial from an Abortion Industry Insider

Carol Everett is unique to the pro-life movement because she has experience as both an abortion consumer and provider. Attempting to justify her own abortion in 1973, she was led into the abortion industry. This resulted in Carol's ownership interest in two clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 1983, Carol experienced a change in her life when she came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Her perspective offers an inside look at the abortion industry through the eyes of a former insider. The following is from her October 2000 address to the Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Foundation.

It's traditional for a speaker to tell a joke, but this is not a funny subject. This is a serious subject. As we sit here tonight, there are women across this nation counting their money. They're counting and recounting that money, for tomorrow morning bright and early they plan to walk through the door of an abortion clinic — and they don't want to. Bu...

No jail for mother who left newborn in Logan toilet

A Maine woman who gave birth in a bathroom stall at Logan Airport, then left her newborn son in a toilet covered with tissue to board a flight to London to see her boyfriend, did not go to jail for the crime.

Kelly Angell admitted in East Boston District Court in September 2000 that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of two crimes: abandoning a child under the age of 10 and recklessly permitting that child to be harmed.

As a result, Judge Dominic J.F. Russo sentenced Angell, 20, to serve seventeen months in jail but suspended the punishment for two years if Angell stays out of trouble. Russo also ordered her to continue psychological counseling.

Branding Angell with responsibility for a "tragic situation," Suffolk prosecutor David Deakin had requested she serve eighteen months behind bars.

According to televised reports from the courtroom, defense lawyer Anthony J. Lociatto told the judge that Angell "needs the support of he...

In recent months, pro-choice researchers have begun to acknowledge that abortion may cause horrific pain for the infants exterminated by the procedure. Rather than call for an end to the practice, however, scientists suggest that the best solution is to perform abortions in the most painless manner possible. Dr. Vivette Glover, a researcher at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London and self-proclaimed abortion advocate, says that anesthesia should be given to comfort the fetus from the pain of abortions performed as early as seventeen weeks gestation. Dr. Glover explains that, while it is unlikely the fetus can feel anything prior to thirteen weeks, "after twenty-six weeks it is quite probable. But between seventeen and twenty-six [weeks] it is increasingly possible that it starts to feel something and that abortions done in that period ought to use anesthesia."

Dr. Glover's findings follow a 1997 report by Britain's Royal College of Obstetricia...

Only God knows what is going to happen at the next Evangelical Theological Society debate on what it means to call oneself an "evangelical."

Or does He?

The Evangelical Theological Society, meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 15-17, heard papers and plenary sessions on this year's theme, "Israel: Past, Present, and Future." Heated panel discussions and hallway conversations revealed, however, that most minds were focused more on what promises to be a lively debate centering around the next meeting's topic in Denver, "Evangelical Boundaries."

Theologians already were grappling with questions of evangelical identity, including several controversies focused on recent Southern Baptist statements and activities. Conference participants vigorously debated whether God knows the future, whether women can be pastors, and whether explicit faith in Christ is necessary for salvation.

The most controversial was probably the quest...

Editor's note: In one sense, the following article by Mr. Colson is outdated. By the time this issue is printed and distributed, the issue of who will assume office as our next President will have been decided — hopefully. However, because some noted political personalities have suggested the elimination of the Electoral College, we felt it would be beneficial to our readers to present Mr. Colson's observations from November 13 in the full context of the confusion following Election Day.

The scenes from Palm Beach, Florida — crowds protesting in the streets, banners waving, lawyers shouting — are beginning to look more like a banana republic than the world's most powerful nation. If this case is not quickly resolved, public confidence — a fragile thing at best — will be badly shaken.

Among the casualties of this mind-boggling situation could well be the Electoral College. Most citizens haven't a c...

One man in the Midwest said he feels like a notch in a Christian's belt when a stranger tries to get personal with him and sell him on Christ. "I almost get the impression that talking about Christ is like a sales call. Some of them use the same approach they might use to sell me a phone service."

A California woman is turned off by Christians who try to project a peppy image of themselves and an unrealistic outlook on life. "I could listen to them better if they showed me just a little reality in their lives — how they've failed, what they struggle with, that sort of thing. It's like they're so intent on doing good PR for God that they can't let their own humanity show through."

Those complaints, from actual individuals, could be alleviated somewhat as Southern Baptists embrace The NET — a new evangelism strategy based on building relationships first, and sharing Christ second.

The first major personal evangelis...

At age 89, Nelson Cowen could spend his weekends enjoying the relaxation of retirement, but instead he spends them leading third- and fourth-graders to faith in Jesus Christ. As a long-time member of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois, Cowen has been teaching Sunday School since the late 1930s and focusing on children's classes since 1945.

Each Sunday morning finds Nelson Cowen teaching a Bible story, leading a game, and telling children how they can know Jesus personally. Cowen fondly remembers this same pattern continuing for decades. He tells the tales of countless children, saved in his class, who went on to successful careers in ministry, business, and public service. One fond memory involved a boy who became a Christian in his class. Years later, the boy went overseas to fight in World War II and died in battle. Cowen remembers, "That was a joy to know he was saved in my class."

However, contrary to what you might expect from such a ...

On the heels of a Federal Trade Commission report and contentious appearances by Hollywood producers before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, an organization that provides a daily news program for school students announced it was ahead of the curve on curbing the airing of advertisements for R-rated and PG-13-rated movies to underage children.

And the network gave Southern Baptists at least partial credit for increasing its sensitivity to the issue of marketing movies and other teen-related products to the nearly 8 million students in the schools it serves.

Channel One, a private network that airs a twelve-minute newscast to 12,000 middle, junior, and high schools each day, has never aired advertisements for R-rated movies or M-rated games, and over a year ago began to screen ads for PG-13 movies to determine their appropriateness for a high school student-only audience, reported a Channel One executive. In exchange for providing schools televisions and videocassette ...

There has been any number of candidates for "The Big Year." The years that come to mind are:

1000

Radulfus Glaber (German for Ralph the Baldheaded) said that when the calendar rolled over from 999 to 1000 Jesus was expected to come again. Many Christians fully believed that it would happen at the exact place in the midnight mass when the Pope lifted the communion chalice and cried, "Ita missa est" (it is finished). It was a kind of Y1K prophecy that New Years Day of 1000 would be the day. Some doubt Radulfus' account of New Years 999, simply because the current Christian calendar was not redacted till 985 A.D., and the Christians of that day did not have a good enough grip on the new calendar to whip their Second Coming fever into an empire-wide madness so quickly.

1660

The Fifth Monarchists, a Jehovah's Witness kind of cult in the seventeenth century, believed tha...

Starved for the Word

A recent Gallup poll has found that 65 percent of Americans believe the Bible "answers all or most of the basic questions of life." Slightly less than half of those who believe this about the Bible, however, read it at least every week. Twenty-eight percent of people surveyed who agree with the statement say they never or very rarely read their Bible.

Overall, the survey records that about 60 percent of Americans read the Bible at least occasionally, down 13 percent from the 1980s. The Gallup organization reports that the percentage of people who read the Bible at least once a week has declined slightly in the last ten years from 40 percent in 1990 to 37 percent today.

Currently, 16 percent of Americans say they read the Bible every day, compared to 21 percent who say they read the Bible weekly, 12 percent who say they read it monthly, and 10 percent who say th...

It's January and time for another Super Bowl. Football coaches and pastors are a lot alike. We try to get things done with only a few while most people just watch. As a matter of fact, most have watched so much that they have worn out their end zone. Even the group on the field spends a lot of time in committee meetings (huddles).

Football coaches seem to get as much criticism as pastors do. One coach said he left because of sickness and fatigue. "The fans were sick and tired of me." Fans always seem to think they know what's best, don't they?

One coach said if you want to give him advice, do it on Sunday afternoon between one and four o'clock when he has twenty-five seconds between plays. Don't give him advice on Monday. He knows what to do on Monday.

Fans are like footballs — you can't tell which way they are going to bounce. The fan sits thirty rows up in the stands and wonders why a seventeen-year-old quarterback can...