Mother's Day: a pastor's reflection on the death of a young mother and her child

Eileen Smith and her daughter Laura Hope Smith

by Pastor Erik Eskelund

"...Today would have been Laura's first Mothers' Day....

"...In the days and weeks following Laura's death, I wondered how many times I may have postponed speaking the truth in an attempt to first be loving. Call it tact, call it being 'winsome' or shrewd, but is it perhaps a misunderstanding of the severity of consequences and the power of prevention? It may be that I have not equated warning with love. Discipline with love. Boundaries with love. The answer, 'No!' with love.

"Since Laura's death, I have become much more bold....

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Murderers among us

Pastor Matt ChandlerMatt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, preached on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series on prayer.

"I don't believe this is a political issue," Chandler says to the multi-campus Village Church before launching into his sermon. "I believe this is a scientific issue and a deeply theological issue. I'm not trying to make political statements."

"It is the murder of a human being. I'm going to have to say it. I'm going to show it to you in the Word. I want to prove it to you with science. I want to just lay it before you and say abortion is murder. It's a holocaust like the world has yet to see," he adds.

Chandler then notes the tens of millions of deaths attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Germany's Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler.

"The United States since Roe v. Wade, not globally but the United States, has blown past both of those brothers and have made them look angelic as we have slaughtered wholesale 55 million little boys and little girls."

He adds, "I gotta say that. If I don't say that, then all the things that the secular world says about megachurch pastors become true about me: that I want you to like me, and I want your money, and I want to be famous and I want… I'm far more afraid of God than I am of you."

But "I am no fool," says Chandler. "There are murderers among us.

"At the same time that I prophetically and boldly and courageously say, 'Abortion is murder,' I also need to step into this space knowing we are guilty of it. Many of us are guilty of it. Maybe we weren't the ones who had the abortion. Maybe we coerced and pressed somebody to have the abortion or just paid for the abortion. I need to say to you…listen to me…where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more."

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Black Robe Regiment

The Black Robe Regiment

The Black Robed Regiment was the name that the British placed on the courageous and patriotic American clergy during the Founding Era (a backhanded reference to the black robes they wore).   Significantly, the British blamed the Black Regiment for American Independence,  and rightfully so, for modern historians have documented that:

There is not a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence which had not been discussed by the New England clergy before 1763.

David Barton video presentation:

Sample Sermons – Homilies – Essays - Speeches- Historical Sermons

Pro-Life Sermons



Life Is Sacred – Sermon Outline from Focus on the Family - Heartbeat

Randy Alcorn's interview on the Sanctity of Human Life

A Pastor Speaks About Abortion – H.B. London, Jr. - Vice President, Pastoral Ministries, Focus on the Family.

Bible on pulpit


Abortion, Race, Gender, and Christ by John Piper, Pastor - Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN - MP3 Audio

Other John Piper sermons - Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist

Signs of the Times – Silent Preachers and the Abortion Holocaust - Dr. R.L. Hymers, Jr. Baptist  Tabernacle - Los Angeles

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission | Citizenship-Southern Baptist Convention - put abortion sermons in the search box - also has pro-life news

"The Sacredness of Human Life" Genesis 1:24-31 Dr. Rich Boerckel Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church - Peoria, IL -  MP3 Audio - a bit long but good material

Chuck Baldwin: "The Truth About Abortion" - audio


Pro Life Pastor Essay: Pastor Laurence White - always a good job

Listen to Audio  Lawrence White, given at CCCH 1-18-2013


Why I Am Pro-Life — A Pro-life vs. Pro-choice Testimony by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Evanglical Free

Time is of The Essence - Essay by Rev. Donald L. Blasing


Rev Michael Danner  Associate Pastor of Metamora Mennonite Church of Metamora, IL - a good starter

Christian Fellowship

“Sermon: What the Bible Says About Abortion” - Steve Cole - extensive and good


Pro Life Pastor Essay: Rev. Richard Schwartz - a good starter based on Psalm 139

Pro Life Pastor Essay: Rev Mark J. Henninger - short and good

Pro Life Pastor Sermons/Essays - by Rev Mark J. Henninger - short and good

Pro Life Sermon: The Difference Between God And gods - Henninger - o.k.

Pro Life Sermon: How To Handle Modern-Day Herods - Henninger - long, o.k.

Pro Life Sermon: The Sanctity Of Human Life - Henninger - long and very good

Pro Life Sermon: Compassion and The Sin Of Abortion - Henninger

Pro Life Sermon: Choosing Life - Henninger

Pro Life Sermon: The Hope Of Our Sure Victory - Henninger

Why Do We Do This? - Fighting Against Abortion - Henninger


Choose Life - by Fr. Earle Fox, St. Luke's REC - The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) is now joined with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)

The Body of Christ in a Sacramental World - F. Earle Fox St Luke's REC, Santa Ana, CA - Anglican Communion

The Church Militant vs. a Renegade Government - F. Earle Fox

Our Sacramental Nature - F. Earle Fox

Catholic Essays

The Obligations of Catholics and the Rights of Unborn Children - Most Reverend John J. Myers

The Pain of Abortion - Father William Miller I.C.

Cause For Hope - Rev Richard Soseman

The Economics Of Abortion - Father Jerome Pilon

Pro Life Reflections At Christmas Time - Rev. J. Mark Williams

25th Anniversary of Roe vs Wade - Father Joseph Mary

Violence: The Fruit of Abortion (Columbine High School, Littleton Colorado) - Fr. Bowan Schmitt

America Is In Serious Trouble - Rev. Charles M. Klamut

Stand Up For Life - Fr. Jeff J. Windy, St. Mark Catholic Church

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat: The Beginning of True Healing - Rev. John M. Verrier, Pastor of St.. Joseph's Parish, Brimfield, IL and Pastor of St. James's Parish, Williamsfield, IL

Historical Sermons

Black Robed Preachers from the Founding Era covered current issues of the day from a Biblical perspective. View a number of the different sermons preached on topics that we rarely see covered today.

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