Category Archives: Culture

Elvis Lives

   That’s right, you read it here. Elvis lives. I saw him with my own two eyes Saturday afternoon. I’ll bet you’ll never guess where, so let me tell you the story.

   As I mentioned in my Weekend Survey, I took the family to Lake Seminole State Park for some fun and relaxation. We left our house shortly after lunch and after stopping by my parent’s house to take them some strawberries, we went to the Wal-mart in Bainbridge, GA, to pick up some bratwursts and accompanying goodies.

   While we were doing our shopping, I heard the strains of “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” coming from the part of the store to where we were headed. As we passed the jewelry department, I saw a large banner advertising a karaoke contest. Sure enough, there was a short, somewhat chunky version of Elvis on stage singing to Marilyn Monroe. Elvis had on the ubiquitous white-sequined suit, unbuttoned in the front exposing his pasty white chest (it was whiter than the suit). His pompadour was bigger than he was.

   A few minutes later, we came back by and there was a preacher (?) on stage performing a marriage ceremony for Elvis and Marilyn. The cashier told me they were renewing their vows…dressed up in silly costumes…in Wal-mart. Isn’t that romantic?

   We continued on to the lake where we had a great time of fun and relaxation, all except for the four hours of non-stop jet skiing right in front of where I was trying to enjoy my Grisham novel. They were so loud that I could barely hear my Miles Davis CD.

   Pardon me for a ranting a little here. Why is that people on jet skis think that the whole world exists for watching them do stupid stunts and scream like maniacs? I began to recall a favorite episode of the Andy Griffith show in which Barney buys a motorcycle and begins to terrorize the citizens of Mayberry with it. Aunt Bee offered the solution of stringing a strand of barbed wire across the road. But, after I thought about it, I realized that probably wasn’t the Christian thing to do.

   Eventually they quit and I enjoyed fifteen minutes of blissful quiet before the mosquitoes came out and made me go home.

   All in all, it was a pretty fun day.

The Problem With Labels

   I’m from the south. Down here, every soft drink is referred to by the label “Coke”. (Probably because Coca-Cola is headquartered in Atlanta). Every Georgian knows that when you say, “I’m thirsty, I’m going to get a coke,” you don’t necessarily mean the beverage with the red and white label. You might be referring to a grape soda, root beer, Mountain Dew, or any other of the members of the fizzy spectrum.

   In fact, even buying a Coca-Cola these days can be more frustrating than trying to crack the IRS tax code. You must decide whether you want regular or diet, both of which are available in caffeine-free versions. Then you have to decide which flavor (cherry or vanilla), color (black or ?) and number (zero?) you want that in. It’s enough to drive someone to drinking Pepsi (which I do).

   The thing about Coca-Cola however, is that the labels are neat and precise. If I go into the retail grocer of my choice and select the Decaffeinated Diet Vanilla Coke, I can be reasonably sure that I will get precisely that. I have every right to expect exactly what the label says is in the bottle. There is little danger of any spill-over of cherry syrup (that might be grounds for a law-suit if it occurred) or of it keeping me awake half the night.

   If only theological labels were as precise.

   One doesn’t have to venture far into the realm that is identified as Christendom before they are confronted with a myriad of labels. Denominational labels, theological labels and associational labels are just a few of the names that you may encounter. 99.999999% of these labels are man-made (the one exception being “disciple”). This doesn’t mean that labels are wrong, in fact they can be quite useful at times. At other times, however, they can be confusing.

    Most of those who read this blog would probably agree that the mainstream media plays a little fast and loose with the term “Christian”. It seems that anyone who at one time may have attended Sunday School or had a relative who was a deacon will be labeled as Christian by the world. That term has come a long way from its original usage to identify true disciples of Christ.

   Sometimes labels are applied with derision, hatred, misunderstanding or just downright mean-spiritedness. At other times, labels are willingly embraced by those who wish to identify with a certain group.

   Let me use myself as an example. I willingly call myself a Southern Baptist. We have a stated articles of faith. I affirm those articles of faith because I believe they are biblically correct. Am I happy about everything that goes on the Southern Baptist Convention? Absolutely not. I realize that there are some things being debated within the convention in a manner that does not always cast a positive light on our denomination. However, if I am to call myself a Southern Baptist, I must be willing to accept the bad connotations with the positive points, otherwise I am not being completely honest.

   Likewise, it would be disingenious of me to call myself a Southern Baptist but then start issuing disclaimers such as saying that I believe salvation must earned, that God is not omniscient, that my salvation can be lost, etc. If I am going to identify myself theologically and associationally with Southern Baptists, I must be willing to embrace the core beliefs as stated in our articles of faith. Otherwise, I should find another way of identifying my doctrine.

   I said all that to say this, if we are going to label ourselves by identifying with a particular group, we should not be surprised when people assume that we share common beliefs with that group. Labels produce expectations. If we don’t want to be identified with a certain doctrine, we shouldn’t adopt the name of the the group that believes it.

   Some of you will remember the fiasco in the 1980’s called “New Coke”. It was an extremely bad idea on the part of some marketing execs at Coca-Cola that cost that company very dearly. Why? Because the product didn’t match the expectations produced by the label.

   On the other hand, to quote Junior Hill, “If the bottle is empty, it really doesn’t matter what the label says.”

Music Interview: Steve Sensenig

   Regular visitors here are doubtless familiar with Steve Sensenig of Theological Musings. Over the past year, Steve has become a good friend. We have enjoyed some invigorating and challenging exchanges on a number of theological topics.

    In addition to being a student of the Bible, Steve is also a very talented musician. I had heard Steve’s Christmas CD and then last December enjoyed the opportunity to hear Steve play in person as he and his dear wife, Christy, ministered to Pine Park Baptist Church.

   Steve graciously agreed to this interview and this will be the first in what I hope will be a regular series of interviews with Christian musicians.

HH:  Tell us a little about your childhood and upbringing.

Steve: I was born in 1969 in Coatesville, PA.  I was the fourth of four children, and the only boy.  I was raised in a home that emphasized church attendance and daily family devotions. My father was (still is) a truck driver, although he rarely was gone over-the-road.  He always tried to have jobs that allowed him to be home each night.  My mother was an elementary school teacher, although for most of my childhood, she did not work fulltime.

HH:  When did you first develop an interest in music?

Steve: Quite honestly, I don’t remember the start of my interest in music.  It has always been a part of my life.  My mother is a musician, and each of my three older sisters were involved in music, as well, so it was a very natural interest for me.  Some of my earliest childhood memories involve coming home from church, going to the piano, and picking out the melodies that we sang that morning.

There also was a lot of quality recorded music to listen to in my home growing up.  My mother loves classical music, and introduced me to it as a very young child.  We had one of those old record players that held 10 records at a time, and I would lay in front of it for hours on end, listening to lots and lots of classical music.

HH:  How did you develop your ability?

Steve: Because my mother is a pianist (she was the regular church pianist when I was a child), and my two oldest sisters had also taken piano lessons, there were lots of piano method books and other music books around the house when I came along.  I started learning to play at such a young age that I don’t even remember learning how to read music!  As long as I can remember, I’ve been reading music and playing the piano.

As a young child, I had a silly (and arrogant!) dream that one day I would be a famous pianist and be able to say that I never took lessons.  So, whenever my parents would ask me if I wanted to take piano lessons, I would say “no”.  With the help of my mother and older sisters, I basically was self-taught until the age of 11.  Somehow at that point, I had figured out that there was only so far I was going to be able to go on my own, and I asked my parents if I could get lessons.

By the point I started lessons at age 11, I was already playing quite a bit, but having a regular lesson and a teacher outside the home caused me to progress more than I would have on my own.  That first teacher (with whom I studied for two years) also introduced me to the concept of music theory.  I am very grateful for that, because I was able to learn in my pre-teen years what some college music students struggle to learn!  That foundation in theory really helped me advance even more during my high school years.

All in all, I studied with four different piano teachers prior to going off to college.

HH:  What were some of the early influences on your music?

Steve: In terms of classical music, I quickly fell in love with Mozart and Beethoven as composers.  But in terms of hymns, etc., my upbringing in a traditional church (were there any other kinds when we were kids?) introduced me to many of the classic hymns.  As a young boy (about 7 years old, I think), I had the chance to hear Dino Kartsonakis in concert.  That was a huge influence on me, because he was the only pianist I was really familiar with who played hymn arrangements.

After the concert, I met Dino and got his autograph.  I said to him, “Someday I hope to be able to play the piano like you.”  He smiled and said, “You will.”  As a young boy, that really influenced me.  I don’t know if Dino was being prophetic, or just being kind, but in my young heart, I took it very seriously and for many years remembered that assurance that he had given me.  It was fitting, then, that when I made my first recording at age 18, I included one of Dino’s arrangements on that recording.

As a teenager, I started listening to George Winston, and his style of playing has definitely had an influence on my current style.  Other pianists have been similar to him, as well, and I have followed in their footsteps stylistically.

HH:  Your talent has taken you to a lot of places and made a lot of opportunities possible for you. Can you tell us about some of your favorites?

Steve: Wow.  This is a tough question.  I have definitely been blessed in this area.  I would like to preface my comments on this, however, by pointing out the old adage that all that glitters is not gold.  Some of what would seem to be great opportunities on the outside were not such pleasant opportunities behind the scenes for various reasons.

However, having said that, there are several memories that I am fond of.  One is a trip I took with several other college students in 1992 to Ukraine.  Communism had recently lost its hold in the former Soviet Union, and there was an incredible openness to the message of Jesus there.  We had the opportunity to sing several hymns and other songs translated into the Russian language.  We would stand in front of crowds on the streets and ask them, “Did you ever dream that one day an American would stand here in your country and tell you about Jesus?”  Tears would stream down their faces.  It was powerful!

More recent experiences that have been positive have been opportunities to play with Phillips, Craig, and Dean.  A few years back, they called me to play on their live DVD, filmed up in Virginia Beach, VA.  While the process of recording and filming is far from worshipful at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to play “When God Ran” live with them in that recording.

HH: Where would you like for your music to take you in the future?

Steve: This is a tough question to answer because the honest answer is “wherever God wants me to be”.  I have dreams of my own, but only want them to be fulfilled if it honors God.

I would love to play with other groups like Phillips, Craig, and Dean if the opportunity arose.  But in terms of my own music, I have a dream of one day being able to compose the score for a major motion picture.  I think that would be an incredibly challenging, but quite enjoyable opportunity.

HH:  If you could have a jam session with any composer/musician from any time in history, who would it be?

Steve: Ohhhhhhh, so many here.  Obviously, some of the big names in classical music come to mind — Beethoven, Brahms…  But I also like a wide variety of styles of music, and would love to jam with Pat Metheny (jazz), Larry Carlton (also jazz), or Michael W. Smith, to name a few.

HH:  What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?

Steve: Well, the first thing I would say is that it is very important to learn to understand your talent and craft.  By that, I mean, don’t take the shortcut to temporary success at the expense of becoming deeply intimate with the musical talent within you.

Today’s technology allows lots of people to be “musicians” who honestly don’t even understand what it is they are doing.  I love technology, and embrace much of it.  But the technology works best when it is a supplement to actual craft, not a substitute for it.

With music, that means that I place a huge emphasis on a knowledge of music theory and a variety of musical forms.  My son is getting very good at the guitar, and really enjoys playing a rock style of guitar.  I have no problem with that (most of the time!), but have also encouraged him to learn how music works in theory and to listen to other styles of music, as well.

It is also important, in my opinion, for a musician to be self-motivated to learn.  In this regard, I often discourage parents from insisting that their kids take lessons and practice.  If it doesn’t come from a desire within the child, it probably won’t be successful!  I am very grateful for parents who understood this and allowed me to develop my own heart and passion for music without it being forced on me.

HH:  Your music carries with it a certain pathos or emotion. Even though it is instrumental, the message of the song still seems to come through. Is this something of which you are conscious when you are playing or is it just a result of the passion with which you play?

Steve: Am I conscious of it?  Yes and no.  You have described very beautifully what I try to convey, though, and I’m encouraged that it is coming across in that way!  About 90% of what I play in concerts and recordings (at this present stage I’m in) is improvisatory.  I rarely know where the music will go.  This results in some very interesting things from a musical standpoint, such as unconventional chord progressions (and structures) and uneven meters.  I don’t consciously think in those terms, but that’s what comes out.

Sometimes when I listen to what I’ve recorded, I’m surprised at what I hear!  But I view my playing much in the way I imagine a painter views their painting.  There is an intangible “heart element” that drives the creation of the art.  I have a “palette” — a musical vocabulary, if you will — from which I draw in my musical “painting”, and I choose “colors” that fit the song that I’m playing.  It may mean that I’ll camp out on a certain chord or phrase in a hymn for a while, shading it and coloring it in different ways before moving on.  Sometimes this is the result of a conscious awareness of the lyrics at that point, and sometimes it’s merely a sub-conscious choice at the time to bring something out.

HH:  I appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about your website and your recordings?

Steve: Worship Keys ( is a site that I’ve put together to introduce my music to people and share a bit of my heart.  For me, worship is so much more than just music, and I try to convey that on the website.  The name “Worship Keys” is intentionally flexible in meaning.  It refers to keys on a piano, since I’m primarily a pianist, but also is meant to coincide with my desire to help people see different keys (important elements) in worship.

I have three CDs currently available (and a new one in process).  The first one, “To Worship You”, contains modern praise and worship songs, but played in the intimate styling that is currently my “trademark”.  Even songs that usually are more loud, such as “Shout to the Lord”, are brought into a very intimate interpretation.  One of my favorite tracks on that CD is the last track, called “Ivory Worship”, which is a 16-minute free-flowing improvised worship without any pre-existing melody or song in mind.  It is me just sitting down at the piano and playing from my heart.

The second CD is called “‘Tis So Sweet” and taps into the rich heritage of hymns from my youth.  This CD is presented as a continuous flow from one song to the next.  This was another way in which I was influenced by Dino from my youth.  He once did a record that flowed from one song to the next in continuous worship.  Of course, back then, it was only about 20 minutes per side of an LP, but the idea captured my attention.  On “‘Tis So Sweet”, I literally just sat down at the piano with a list of possible hymns, hit record, and began playing.  As I would near the end of a particular hymn, I would look at the list and pick another one, and flow right into it.  The result is about 62 minutes of non-stop music (although indexed by hymn as separate tracks on the CD, there is no pause between them).  During the recording process, I did actually stop two or three times to rest (and to click “Save” on the computer, so I wouldn’t lose what I had played!), but I always did it by leading up to a cadence that I then picked up from when starting to record again, so as not to break the flow of the music.

My most recent CD is “Christmas Solitude”.  As I explain in the liner notes of that CD, I intentionally chose Christmas songs that focused on Jesus and avoided the more generic “holiday” songs.  I wanted this Christmas CD to be a worship experience focused strictly on our Savior.  An added delight on this CD is a song written and sung by my beautiful wife Christy.  This track, a lullaby sung from Mary’s perspective, is a wonderful vocal oasis in the middle of all of the instrumental music.

News Blooper

I want to post a follow-up article on the church a little later today or tomorrow, but I am a little pressed for time right now. Until then, maybe you will get a chuckle out of this.

 Last night, after the Super Bowl, my wife and I were watching the local news. The anchor made this statement,
“Shots were heard at a local apartment complex, today. Authorities say they may have been related to guns”.

She then corrected herself, changing “guns” to “gangs”, but by then it was too late, my wife and I were already falling out of our chair with laughter.

Bits and Pieces

I want to take this opportunity to share with you some new links that you may find interesting.

 This past weekend, Jamey Murphy, husband of singer, Kelley Murphy, led a parenting conference at Pine Park Baptist Church. The conference materials were produced by the Parent Project and were excellent. They offered great insights into the problems that kids are facing today, how a parent can identify those problems, and how to develop a strategy to deal with them. If any pastors or youth ministers read this, I highly recommend that you have Jamey come and do a conference at your church. You can contact him through his brand-new blog (WordPress should start paying me commission fees!), Blue Collar Parent.

Frequent visitor and commentor here, Ron Jackson, aka RBJ, has finally started his own blog (WordPress, are you getting this?). Bro. Ron is a member of Pine Park BC and is a genuine country boy. He has a lot of stories to tell along with some pretty good insights on living. Be sure and give his blog a visit.

You can always count on kids for a good laugh. This past Sunday night, I had preached on David’s sin with Bathsheba. On the way home, my oldest son, Clay, asked, “Dad, what does ‘adultery’ mean?”

Before I could answer, my youngest son, Glen, chimed in, “That’s when you make fun of adults.” 

Finally, congratulations to the Bears and the Colts. This should be a pretty good Super Bowl. I think Peyton Manning will finally be able to silence his critics by leading his team to a championship.

White-Collar Barbarianism

Yesterday was Right-to-Life Sunday. Once a year, many churches in America focus upon the barbaric practice of abortion.

When one mentions “barbarians”, usually it is the coarse, hairy, vulgar ruffian that comes to mind, not a highly-educated doctor wearing a white coat. You need only to watch the video posted by Tim Ellsworth to realize that the lowest level of barbarianism is being practiced by the highest level of our society. I warn you, this is absolutely the most gruesome and disturbing thing I have ever seen, yet it contains a message that must reach our country.

Other bloggers are also drawing attention to this issue. My brother is beginning a series of posts that compare abortion to slavery. Being his brother, I have already had opportunity to read the entire project. It is must-read material for anyone concerned about this topic. In addition, Ken Fields is two-thirds of the way through a three-part series on the subject. You can read the first post here, and the second post here.

For too long now, politicians have only payed lip-service to this issue and our concerns. There was a time when this was the rallying cry for many conservative politicians. They would attend the gatherings of pro-life advocates and express their support of the rights of the unborn. Tragically, little has been done on the legislative level to address this sin. Now it seems that many conservative politicians are just hoping that this issue will just go away quietly into the night. They don’t want to risk losing moderate voters who would rather focus upon other issues.

I still believe that righteousness exalts a nation. I do not lay the blame entirely upon our leaders. Often, our leadership is simply a reflection of what is in the hearts of the average Joe on the streets. Perhaps if messages like this one can be told, hearts will be changed in this matter.

Until then, may we be faithful to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.

Political Hypocrisy

Some would say the title of this post is oxymoronic. Perhaps not always, but I think it might be in the situation I am about to discuss.

 According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it seems that former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are partnering to help form a new Baptist convention. In fact, that is the name of it, New Baptist Convention.

The stated intention of the new entity is to counter concerns that “Baptists have been ‘negative’ and ‘exclusionary’ .” Their target recruiting base is the bloc of liberal Baptists who have distanced themselves from mainstream Baptists in areas such as abortion and homosexual rights.

I find it ironic that two men who have so staunchly cried out for the doctrine of “separation of church and state” would now try to use their political muscle to mobilize a Christian constituency. Say what they will, this is nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt to carry out the Democratic agenda to reach out to disgruntled conservative voters.

I find it disgusting and appalling that a man with the morals of Bill Clinton and the values that both of them promote would see themselves as being suited to lead a denomination.

By the same token, conservative, Christian voters have themselves often been manipulated by Republican politicians. Playing to the moral fears and concerns of the large number of evangelicals has long been a tactic of the right. Sadly, very few of those politicians have even attempted to follow through on their lofty campaign promises.

Allow me to be idealistic for a moment. Wouldn’t it be great if politicians would stay out of the church? I am not speaking of church attendance (Lord knows, they need that). But wouldn’t it be nice not to see “conservative” politicians surfacing in evangelical churches in the months leading up to election, only to disappear afterwards? And if I never see another pasty-white Senator from up north trying vainly to clap in rhythm with a black, gospel choir in downtown Atlanta it will be too soon for me.

Perhaps “political hypocrisy” isn’t an oxymoron all the time, but in this case I believe the shoe fits.

What do you think?

Bits and Pieces

I just wanted to share some gems that I have found around the web this week. Some are designed to bring a chuckle, some a blessing.

Check out my nephew’s blog. Will is the oldest son of my brother, Cameron. For 8 years old, he does a great job of blogging. Visit his blog and tell him that Uncle Gordon sent you.

T.A. Blankenship has been doing a wonderful series of sermons on the scriptural basis of a pre-millenial, pre-trib rapture. He is about to take a month’s hiatus from blogging, so take the time to read this series.

 Bill Scott has a wonderful devotion that will bless you. HT Janice.

 Ken Fields at World From Our Window has a humorous article about Irritable Clergy Syndrome. (A must-read for those in ministry.)

Bonnie Calhoun is at it again as she lists some altered titles to Christmas carols as provided by various disorders. WARNING: Any liquids in your mouth are liable to wind up on your monitor screen if you attempt to drink a beverage while reading this post.

Southern Gospel fans will enjoy this link. I had not seen Gold City in person in a few years until last Friday night. They have not missed a beat, but are still providing the same great quality music you would expect. Check out their website, particularly the clip of them challenging Ernie Haase and Signature Sound to a steel cage match.

Finally, the Baltimore Sun has published an article detailing one man’s quest to learn more about the erratic and sometime devious behavior of city squirrels. City squirrels may be difficult at times, but I still say that they lack the tenacity and ferociousness of their country cousins. All of this talk about squirrels is driving me NUTS!! (Get it? Squirrels? Nuts? Never mind)

Hope you have a great weekend. If any of you want to hear a great piano player, come visit Pine Park Baptist Church in our 11:00 worship service this Sunday.

Movie Review: The Nativity Story

Hollywood has often attempted to portray Biblical, historical narratives with less than satisfactory results. Often the majesty and accuracy of the scriptures are diluted with creative license or an attempt to avoid the controversy that the Bible often presents by its very nature.

 This time, they got it right.

I took my family to see the new release, “The Nativity Story”, last night. I really didn’t know what to expect, having only seen the trailer and read a fairly comprehensive review of the screening by Dr. Al Mohler.

The movie tells the story of Mary and Joseph in the two years leading up to the birth of Christ. As much as is possible, it stayed with the narrative that is provided by the Gospel writers with only minor variations. A good deal of background is inserted to make the story fluid, but the material is consistent with what we know of the events of that era.

The scriptwriters did a very good job of presenting the characters of Mary and Joseph. I had been a little concerned that perhaps Mary would be given a status that she did not deserve, but I was very happy to see that this was not the case. She was clearly presented as a virgin with child by the Holy Spirit, but in no way was she idolized or deified. I particularly liked the presentation of Joseph based on what little we know about him.

The only deviations from the biblical account in no way took away from the key doctrines of the virgin birth, the deity of Christ or His purpose of redemption.

I recommend this movie for family viewing with this caveat, it may not be suitable for younger children. While there is nothing objectionable in the movie, there is some subject matter (childbearing, circumcision) to which some parents may not be ready to expose their children. In addition, there are fairly significant parts of the dialogue which would probably be over the heads of most small children.

I left the theater feeling very inspired and with a deeper appreciation of the Incarnation of Christ than ever.

In Defense of Cooperation

California mega-church pastor, Rick Warren, has been catching a lot of fire lately for extending an invitation to Sen. Barak Obama (D-Illinois) to speak at an AIDS awareness conference being held at Saddleback Community Church today. Conservative evangelicals and pro-life groups have protested this move, pointing to Obama’s position on key issues such as stem-cell research and abortion rights.

For those who may not be aware of my position on these issues, I am dead set against using embryonic stem-cells for research and I am against abortion as well. There are a number of issues on the political level in which Obama gives me cause for serious concern.

Having said that, I must confess to being a little perplexed by the verbal hailstorm that is pouring down on Warren. Also scheduled to speak on the program is Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), a staunch supporter of the rights of the unborn. After all of the political diviseness that our country has endured in the last couple of years, I personally find it refreshing to see politicians from both sides of the aisle working together on something that truly addresses a tremendous human need.

The point that seems to be getting lost in all of this is that this is not a pro-life or pro-choice matter. It is a matter of human decency and Christian compassion. In a large sense, this is the “pure religion” of ministering to widows and orphans that the Apostle James described. If we believe that the AIDS problem is going to remain confined to a particular region or social demographic, we have our head in the sand. While I do not always agree with everything Warren does, I applaud him for his efforts to address this situation.

Some would argue that the greatest priority is the Gospel. To that I would say a hearty “Amen!” But there is the simple fact that you cannot share the good news with someone after they are dead.

I hope that those who are criticizing Warren’s approach in this matter will rethink their position. By working together to fight this monster, a lot of good can be accomplished. Perhaps some lives will be extended so that the Gospel may be given to them. Perhaps the general population of Africa will come to realize the importance of morality. Perhaps, just perhaps, Sen. Obama may come to realize that if the life of an infant stricken with AIDS is worth fighting to save, then the life of the unborn may be worth it, too.

I am praying for the success of this venture. I hope you will too.