Best 1.5 minute commentary on abortion ever heard on network news

Back in July it was revealed that Planned Parenthood was guilty of the ghastly crime of selling body parts from aborted babies.

In response, news journalist Brit Hume gave what Gospel Coalition’s Justin Taylor described as “the best 1.5 minute commentary on abortion ever heard on network news”.

I agree with Justin and with Brit Hume.

Since tomorrow is the 43rd Anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision which created the ‘right’ to have an abortion, Brit Hume’s commentary is worth reading:

“Whatever comes of the revelations about Planned Parenthood and its participation in the traffic in fetal body parts, those revelations will have achieved one thing: they have parted the veil of antiseptic tidiness behind which the abortion industry has for so long operated.

The sight of a senior Planned Parenthood official, and a doctor to boot, discussing the market for fetal body parts in between bites of salad and sips of wine was stomach-turning.

That’s because it laid bare the essentially brutal nature of abortion. Let’s be blunt: abortion involves the extraction and killing of a human life, which within a couple of weeks of pregnancy has a beating heart. Five weeks in, its hands and legs begin to grow.

It is these tiny creatures, and too often ones that are far more developed, that are pulled from a mother’s womb and crushed with forceps.

Oh, but oh-so-carefully, lest body parts that can be sold are preserved. This gruesome procedure shows the extent to which we, as a people, have been anesthetized by the estimated 55 million—fifty-five million—abortions performed since the Supreme Court discovered a constitutional right to that procedure 42 years ago.

Will we as a nation not someday look upon that decision and what it has done to us, not to mention the 55 million, with horror and regret? One can only hope we will.”


I have gathered a few quotes about the cross to help guide out thoughts this week

“Spikes, bloodied from previous use, were hammered into his hands and feet. Pain shot up through his legs and across his shoulders as the cross was dropped rudely into the ground he had created.”

Elyse Fitzpatrick

 “Most professing Christians actually know very little of the gospel, let alone understand its implications for their day-to-day lives. My perception is that most of them know just enough gospel to get inside the door of the kingdom. They know nothing of the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

“We fail to see the gospel as the solution to our greatest problem-our guilt, condemnation, and alienation from God. Beyond that, we fail to see it as the basis of our day-to-day acceptance with Him. As a result, many believers live in spiritual poverty.”

Jerry Bridges

 “If there’s anything in life we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don’t mean passionate only about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world and all of life.”

C.J. Mahaney

 “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God.

So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).”

Dietrich Bonhoffer

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, “This is love.” God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, “This is love.”

Joshua Harris

 “How is it that I let the beauty and power and vastness of that gospel be crowded out of my mind so often and for so long?

Why is it that my thoughts and emotions are often dominated by silly things like whether my car is clean, or what’s happening on CNN right now, or whether I was happy with my lunch today, rather than by these glorious truths?

Why do I so often organize and think about my life as if I were wearing blinders, rather than in the light of eternity?

Why does this gospel not permeate, all the time and all the way to the bottom, my relationships with my wife and children, my coworkers and friends and fellow church members?

I know exactly why. It’s because I’m a sinner, and worldliness will continue to linger in my heart and war against me until the day Jesus comes back. But until then, I want to fight against that.”

Greg Gilbert


On Saturdays in January, the blog will feature some light-hearted words of wisdom

I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.
 Groucho Marx

A husband is someone who takes out the trash and gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.

Do not listen to those who complain, for their disease is contagious.  Og Mandino

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.  Mark Twain

He who dies with the most toys is still dead

The best measure of a man’s honesty isn’t his income tax return. It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
 Arthur C. Clarke

Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse can happen to you for the rest of the day

A closed mouth gathers no feet.  Sam Horn


On Saturdays in January, the blog will feature some light-hearted words of wisdom

The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music.

War doesn’t determine who’s right. War determines who’s left.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.  William Arthur Ward

When I hear somebody sigh “Life is hard” I’m always tempted to ask “Compared to what?”

The way some people find fault, you’d think there was some kind of reward.

You can’t be late until you show up.

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in one ahead.  Bill Mcglashen

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Make allowances for your friends’ imperfections as readily as you do for your own.  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People may like a person’s thought for its touching words, but they like him truly for his own deeds touching their heart.   Anuj Somany

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.   Lawrence J. Peter


On Saturdays in January, the blog will feature some light-hearted words of wisdom

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.  Theodore Roosevelt

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.  Oliver Herford

Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.  Bill Vaughan

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. Jerry Seinfeld

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.  Thomas Sowell

You never truly understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother.  Albert Einstein

I was the kid next door’s imaginary friend.  Emo Philips

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.  Henry A. Kissinger

Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege.


On Saturdays in January, the blog will feature some light-hearted words of wisdom.

He who laughs last didn’t catch on very fast, did he?

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard

I have not failed in life. I’ve just found A thousand ways that don’t work! 

If at first you DO succeed don’t look too astonished.

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. Isaac Asimov

Keep your eye on the ball, is very dangerous advice.

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. Lana Turner

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving isn’t for you.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin

How many observe Christ’s birthday, how few his precepts.  Ben Franklin


“Churchgoers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them. They claim that God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church.

Christians talk about being born again and say that they were dead but now have come to life. We have become hardened to those words, but they are powerful words that have significant meaning.

Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God. And can you blame them?”

from “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan




“Your sufferings are not so great as your sins: Put these two in the balance, and see which weighs heaviest.”

Thomas Watson



“In church, rather than rehab people, we just put them in a wheelchair and say, ‘We will do everything for you.’ You don’t have to witness to your neighbors. We will send out fliers and do TV shows and evangelize for you. You don’t have to counsel your neighbors; just give them the church’s phone number”

Francis Chan