Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life, discusses the vision of Lutherans For Life.
A look at Psalm 139 and the Life Sunday theme “Hands that Knit – Arms that Hold” by Pastor Todd Jenks, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa.
In his sermon on the Life Sunday theme “Arms that Knit – Hands that Hold, Dr. Lamb points out out how the Psalmist tells us, in Psalm 139, that God made us with His hands! Then He loved what He made so much, He sent His Son to rescue us from sin. Mark tells us that Christ desires to call every human life into an eternal relationship with Him and to hold us in His arms.
Dr. Lamb shares what Jesus did to get ready for Christmas.
Wesley J. Smith, noted author and bioethicist, gave a wide-ranging keynote address on the theme “The Need For Good News: The Death Culture and Ways to Fight It.”
Mr. Smith stressed the need to contrast the culture of life with the culture of death. He said the culture of death is “very powerful and wants us to believe that being a human being doesn’t matter … and that is very dangerous.” He said much of society is all about eliminating suffering at all costs, which has led to support for abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia, yet “love is word you don’t often see the other side use too often … eliminating suffering quickly morphs into eliminating the sufferer.”
To counteract the culture of death, Smith said we need to offer both hope and facts because “the facts are on our side.” He said, “when an embryo or fetus is called ‘not human’ it is not rational!” He warned of Personhood Theory that sets arbitrary guidelines for who is and who is not a “person.” In reality, he said, “Personhood Theory tells us who we can kill and get a good night’s sleep.”