Sharing the Gospel through the Morning Center

The Morning Center’s Darby Stouffer says the ministry’s staff is frequently asked how they go about sharing the Gospel with the pregnant mothers who come to them for help.

While the Morning Center is a young, small organization, sharing the gospel is something we desire to be deliberate about. And, as such, we are constantly reforming and honing our efforts in this area.

The plan for doing this is often as unique as the patient’s situation. With some women, they don’t come to us until late in their pregnancy, so the opportunity to build a relationship with them is cut short. Some women’s hearts are more open, and others more closed off. We believe that the key to preaching the gospel within the doors of the Morning Center is through three things: actions, words, and resources.

Darby then goes on to explain how Morning Center staff accomplishes this.

Read more there, and please consider supporting the Morning Center today.

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A Samaritan member who blogs at Samaritan Ministries Review (which is not affiliated with SMI) recently wrote about their experiences dealing with medical bills. The post points out that Samaritan contracts with The Karis Group and other negotiators in an effort to get fair prices on medical expenses for members. The writer concludes with these thoughts:

If we have a medical need, the bills are unavoidable; insurance or not. Comparing the two, I’d MUCH rather have the support of Samaritan Ministries and its members than our old insurance company. Instead of cold rules and high out of pocket costs, I have traded it for warmth, support, caring, and prayer from an organization who just wants to be sure the bills are paid and that none of us are overcharged. Samaritan strives to follow the laws of Christ. Anytime you have that as your foundation you know you’re on solid ground.

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October 2014 Samaritan Ministries (2)

This month’s Samaritan Ministries Christian Health Care Newsletter defends the value of all who are made in God’s image and also promotes medical innovation.

  • Eugenics and not-so-ancient history” is a reprint of an Eric Metaxas Breakpoint episode which argues that deeming certain people “defective” is an old notion that has never really gone away.
  • Rob Slane weighs in on Richard Dawkins’ detestable suggestion that bringing a Down syndrome baby into the world “would be immoral.” Is a Down syndrome baby an ethical dilemma or a high calling? It depends on your worldview.
  • James Whitman, director of the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, explains why it’s important for Christians of today to understand the Jewish world of Jesus’ time in this month’s Member Spotlight. He also talks about why he and his wife, Tamora Joy, joined Samaritan.
  • The great prostate mistake” is Richard Albin’s 2010 mea culpa. He discovered the prostate-specific antigen, and now calls the PSA test’s popularity a “hugely expensive public health disaster.” Jed Stuber also relates Dr. Ronald Wheeler’s concerns about prostate treatment.
  • SimpleCare is an effort to simplify the doctor-patient relationship through lower, fairer fees and a more basic billing system.
  • The Doorpost reflects on Matthew 5:11-12 and offers a different idea of what God’s blessing looks like.
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down syndrome grid

By Rob Slane

Recently the high priest of all things atheist, Richard Dawkins, found himself in a bit of a hole, one entirely of his own making. He had received a message from a lady on Twitter who claimed that she would be faced with a “real ethical dilemma” if she found out that she was pregnant with a Down syndrome baby. This was no such ethical dilemma for Dawkins, who replied on his Twitter account with all the subtlety and charm of a rhinoceros in a library: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

A predictable backlash followed, which appears to have taken him by surprise, not because he wasn’t aware that some people might have a problem with what he wrote, but rather because he apparently didn’t realize how Twitter works.

Richard_Dawkins_Cooper_Union_ShankboneAccording to an article posted on his website a few days later, he seems to have believed that his reply would only be seen by the few people who followed both him and the lady he was responding to. But, of course, Twitter doesn’t work like that, and the tweet was seen by his million or so followers.

So although he still doesn’t know how the universe came into existence or have a plausible explanation for abiogenesis, at least he now knows why people have been referring to Twitter as “social media” and not “private correspondence” these past few years!

Anyway, the backlash came and, according to Dawkins, he received “fireballs of hatred” and accusations of “Nazism, vile, monstrous fascistic callousness.” Probably he did indeed receive some pretty nasty stuff, but he goes on to tar his opponents with a pretty broad brush:

The haters came from various directions:

  1. Those who are against abortion under any circumstances.
  2. Those who thought I was bossily telling a woman what to do rather than let her choose.
  3. Those who thought I was advocating a kind of mob rule.
  4. Those who thought I was advocating a eugenic policy and who therefore compared me to Hitler.
  5. Those who took offense because they know and love a person with Down syndrome.

Unless I am reading him wrong, it seems that he defines anyone who fits into one of these categories as, axiomatically, a “hater.” Now I guess it’s possible that all the people who tweeted to oppose his views are indeed “haters,” but that seems unlikely. For example, one mother with a Down syndrome child wrote, “I would fight until my last breath for the life of my son. No dilemma.” That sounds rather more like love than hate, wouldn’t you say? Read the rest of this article…

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James and Tamora Whitman

By Michael Miller

By the middle of this month, James Whitman and his family will probably be spending some time in a lean-to crafted from spare branches in the yard of their Centerville, Ohio, home.

It’s the time of the Biblical fall holidays, and the Feast of Tabernacles (October 8-15 this year) calls for temporary “booths” to be erected in order to remind Israelites of God’s provision during their wandering in the wilderness (Leviticus 23:42).

But such activities aren’t valuable to Jews only, James says. Gentile Christians also can learn a lot about their faith through understanding the Biblical festivals. Then they can pass on lessons about Scripture and Jesus to their children.

And the Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, with James as director, stands ready to help.

“Understanding the time between the Testaments, what scholars call the Second Temple Period, is essential to developing the full Biblical worldview portrayed in Scripture,” he says. Read the rest of this article…

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