The way Jesus treated the woman who was caught in adultery is a powerful example of grace in action. But all too often we hesitate to follow Jesus’ powerful words.
Every Christian knows what “grace” means, but does anybody fully comprehend it? I have studied “grace” in depth in recent weeks 1, but the more I study, the more I realize how little I understand the depths of God’s “manifold” 2 (multi-colored) grace. I have long been grieved by witnessing so much destruction and pain springing from a weak, one-dimensional view of “grace,” but I am beginning to see that the true scriptural concept of “grace” itself contains the seeds which bear the potential to end abortion in the church.
It’s not unusual for pastors to focus on grace if they mention abortion. Typically, pastors are painfully aware of the fact that hearts of women 3 in their own congregation are experiencing raw pain because they have aborted their children. Being sensitive to the concerns of such hurting women, pastors focus on bringing healing and restoration to those in the congregation who have committed abortion, so pastors preach a message of “grace, not guilt.” But what does grace mean outside the context of guilt, or what does forgiveness mean without repentance? Continue reading →
My study has involved not only scripture but secular Greek literature, in an effort to try to understand how the word χάρις (“charis”) would have been understood by those who first read New Testament books. My study is far from complete — in fact, I suspect that it will never end. ↩
After trying to create the “perfect woman,” plastic surgeon Alex Simopoulos is now focusing on aborting their tiny babies.
I was astounded when I learned a few days ago that Bakersfield’s new abortionist is an infamous Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. It just didn’t make sense to me. Why would a successful plastic surgeon (who is in the upper echelon of the medical profession) want to become an abortionist (the opposite extreme)?
With FPA abortion businesses now offering (seemingly) “legitimate” services like cosmetic surgery, I began to envision the day that we encounter pastor’s wives entering the abortion chamber, justifying themselves because they are not seeking abortions but seeking to enhance their beauty with plastic surgery. (It’s really not hard to imagine such a thing, having encountered countless pastors’ family members at abortion chambers over the years.) Continue reading →
Tim and Terri Palmquist go through the food line at the wedding rehearsal dinner in the church social hall on April 27, 1985.
From the beginning of our relationship, we have gravitated toward the simple pleasures of life (especially when we can save money by doing so). Having enjoyed many church potlucks during our premarital years, we decided that our wedding reception (on April 28, 1985) would also be a potluck. Some were shocked at our decision, shuddering “people just don’t do that,” but in the end it proved to be a delicious (and economical) decision. Of course we did have wedding cake for all to share, so we weren’t completely untraditional.
So to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we are inviting our friends to join us for a potluck at Jastro Park (located at the corner of Truxtun Avenue and Elm Street, just a couple of blocks east of Oak Street near downtown Bakersfield). It seems appropriate to celebrate our “green” anniversary at a park. Continue reading →
Our friend Tony Lee (a longtime local reporter) asked me a few weeks ago to come on his radio show to share our story.
Along with explaining how God led us into pro-life ministry, I had an opportunity to share some of the amazing blessings — and some heartbreaking situations — we have experienced over our decades of ministry. As I told Tony, radio played an essential role in the beginnings of our pro-life ministry efforts.
The interview is available at this link, or click the “play” button below.
“Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship.” Words like this have been spoken often in the churches I have attended throughout my life.
I don’t know where this slogan first came from, but it seems to me that it became more popular through Scott Wesley Brown’s song “I’m Not Religious, I Just Love the Lord.” That song was certainly heard often in our home when I was growing up, in addition to being on my parents’ radio station.
Respected pastors (such as Ed Young) continue to teach that “What separates Christianity from other religions is the fact that it’s actually not a religion. Jesus was the most anti-religion person that ever lived. Religion is a set of man-made do’s and don’ts in order to appease God.”
A recent Washington Post article examining the faith of Senator Ted Cruz (the first Republican presidential candidate for 2016) noted that Cruz was echoing “common evangelical lingo” when he emphasized “relationship” instead of “religion.” (It seems that this question of relationship-versus-religion may become a topic of discussion during the coming campaign.)
When God heard the cries of the oppressed Israelites in Egypt, He raised up Moses to deliver His message “let My people go” to Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler (Exodus 3:7-10). Pharaoh’s stubborn refusal to submit to Moses’ demands brought a series of divine plagues upon Egypt, finally resulting in the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea (moments after Moses and the Israelites had miraculously crossed over on dry land).
Many great Bible teachers have taught that God preemptively hardened Pharaoh’s heart, as if God’s sovereign ability to overrule the will of man (and the glory He would receive through the Exodus) is the only story here. But such an emphasis hides a key truth about the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart — a truth which should serve as a warning to any of us who have allowed our hearts to become hard toward the cries of the children who are oppressed today by abortion. Continue reading →
In this 13 minute video, Tim Palmquist (flanked by two City Council members) speaks at the Victorville March for Life, which was held on January 19, 2014 in front of the new Victorville Planned Parenthood mega center. (For the best experience, please consider watching the video with captions turned on.)
The wide spectrum of points covered in this brief pep talk include:
Why there is hope for the future of our cities and nation
Why pastors can’t dismiss their responsibility to confront abortion deaths
Why God will not only judge individuals, but also cities — and churches!
Why it is so dangerous to look at abortion as a “personal” issue of “choice”
How we have been a part of changing the landscape of the pro-life movement
Tim sent this message to local pastors on January 6, 2014:
Our Lord has charged us with the divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). But all too often it seems that Christians in our community are reinforcing demonic strongholds instead of seeking to tear them down.
“A stronghold is a mind set impregnated with hopelessness that causes the believer to accept as unchangeable something that he/she knows is contrary to the will of God.”
(Ed Silvoso, quoted in Possessing the Gates of the Enemy: A Training Manual for Militant Intercession by Cindy Jacobs).
Do we believe that it is God’s will for babies to be aborted in Bakersfield? Do we believe that God wills that those who attend our churches participate in abortions? Do we believe that God wants His people to speak up for the innocent children who cannot speak for themselves? Do we believe that we honor God by enabling members of our congregation to “sin that grace may abound”? Do we accept as “unchangeable” the continuation of the carnage of abortion (nationally, locally, and in our own congregations)? Continue reading →