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You Can Still Make an Impact in 2017!

In this short video, I talk about how you can still make an impact with your year-end gift in 2017: When you give, you shift the tide of abortion. You help women and children thrive! Equip a church to be a community full of grace, pointing women to a better option where don’t have to choose between abortion…

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A ProGrace Response to Planned Parenthood Videos

I had many emotions watching the recently released videos of Planned Parenthood doctors talking about compensation for fetal body parts. Sad, disturbed, confused, heartbroken. The feeling that these are conversations that shouldn’t even be taking place. This can’t be God’s heart – for either women or children. There has to be a better way than…

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Tax Collectors not Pharisees

This past Lenten season, my family and I watched the last five episodes of the mini-series The Bible – and loved it! This visual representation of Jesus’ earthly ministry, death and resurrection gave new meaning to exactly what we were celebrating. One scene reminds me so much of The Power of a “Me, Too” Response blog…

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The Power of a "Me, too" Response

In her TED talk Listening to Shame, researcher Brene Brown says, “If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same amount of shame in a Petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive. The two most powerful words…

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A Third Voice in the Abortion Debate

In a recent opinion piece from GazetteNet, a pro-choice man talked about his experience dialoguing with pro-life people in an online forum: “One of the most disturbing aspects of the discussion was that pro-life people believe women have abortions casually, without personal struggle. They seem to think that women . . . simply jot an…

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Why Conversations Matter (and Assumptions Never Work)

I was having a conversation with a pro-choice activist about what it means to be ProGrace®. She appreciated that I wanted to meet and see if we could find common ground. We agreed on many things, from maternal and child healthcare to working to stop violence toward women and girls. Over the course of the…

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Changing the Conversation in our Churches: Why Do Women Have Abortions?

In a recent blog post, we explored the ways that asking new questions of women facing unplanned pregnancy can better the conversation between local churches and their communities. But what about changing the conversation around abortion in our churches? Maybe it’s time to start asking ourselves some different questions as well. In my observations, many…

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Can the Abortion Debate Really Change?

“I’m beginning to wonder if things can really change,” a friend told me recently, “or if I can.” This friend is in full-time ministry and has been walking with God for more than thirty years, but in her personal life, she’s starting to lose heart. I empathized with her struggle, but at the same time…

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Changing the Conversation

“Instead of asking, ‘What are you going to do?’ – that’s what everyone was asking me – she asked, ‘What do you need?’” This comment from a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy illustrates the power a simple question has to change the tone and trajectory of an entire conversation. Have you ever had a similar…

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