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Oregon Patient With Dementia Given Suicide: Decision Falls Upon HMO Administrator

The psychiatrist who evaluated her declared Kate Cheney, an 85-year-old woman with growing dementia, ineligible for assisted suicide.

A Stumbling Block: What it is and What it isn’t

lineup of womenThe stumbling block of 1 Corinthians 8 (and Romans 14) is an action, taken by a biblically informed believer, that does not in itself violate any scriptural precept or principle, but which a less knowledgeable or less mature believer might imitate, in a way that violates his conscience.

In context, the mature believer feels free to eat meat offered to idols, because meat is meat and it’s a provision of God, and idols are nothing. But the immature believer has come from a background of idol worship, so when he sees his brother eating meat, it eggs him on ...

How Could a Good God Allow Evil and Suffering?

A year and a half ago I walked through the Killing Fields in Cambodia. I saw the skulls piled up, and stood by the mudpits where hundreds of bodies were thrown. I saw a human jawbone lying at my feet. I picked it up, held it in my hand, and wept. The darkness was overwhelming—the ground cried out at the tragedy in which two to three million Cambodians, nearly one third of the countrys population, were murdered by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

I was escorted by a gentle Cambodian couple, Vek and Samoeun Tang, who survived the Killing Fields. Samoeuns parents both starved to death. One of her brothers was known dead, another brother was never seen or heard from. Presumably he was murdered and thrown into one of the thousands of unmarked graves, many of them containing hundreds of bodies each.

Scandal of Evangelical Dishonesty

I am painfully aware that the subjects I address in this article are uncomfortable and controversial.

Feeding Tubes and Hydration—What’s Best For Our Loved Ones?

Everyone deserves tube feeding and hydration. Right? Well, yes. Yet, like many seemingly simple questions, the answer may not be quite as simple when we consider individual cases.

Biblical Principles for Godly Verbal Communication


For bad:

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:6, 8).

With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor (Proverbs 11:9).

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to a man's inmost parts (Proverbs 18:8).

For good ...

Biblical and Ethical Issues That Have Bearing on This Election

This letter was written in the Fall of 2004 regarding the upcoming November election.

Meet Judge Greer’s pastor

If we had more pastors like Rice, we’d have fewer judges like Greer.

Is it wrong to vote for the lesser of two evils?

I do know my conscience won’t permit me to cast a vote for those who turn their back on children, and defend the shedding of innocent blood.

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