Episode 129

Sharing Thoughts on Roe v. Wade, Pastor Helping Ukrainian Refugees & Alaskan Church’s Renovation

Jun 30, 2022

As the American culture continue to process the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, many Christian leaders are sharing their thoughts. One of them is Richard Land, the longtime former president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Emanuel Baptist Church in Calafindesti, Romania, is a small church, but its members have a big heart for Ukrainian refugees. And Liberty Church in Craig, Alaska has made great strides in the past year. At one point down to 10 members, it currently averages 50-60 in attendance each Sunday. Community goodwill toward the church has grown through outreach. A partnership with Alabama Baptists has the congregation poised to move into new worship and education space.

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As the American culture continue to process the overturning of Roe vs. Wade, many Christian leaders are sharing their thoughts. One of them is Richard Land, the longtime former president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Land encouraged people to, “First, give praise and honor to our Heavenly Father for giving us this victory. Second, thank all the fellow pro-life Christians you know for their efforts and prayers over the five decades when the Supreme Court substantially took away our right to decide the nation’s law on this most foundational of issues – the sanctity of all human life.”

On a personal level, Land says, “It has been a long battle for me — I have been pro-life since 1964, when I came into direct contact with a 12- to 14-week-old human fetus being displayed in my high school biology class. This baby was just as human as I was, merely at an earlier stage of development.”

Read the full story at Baptist Press.

Emanuel Baptist Church in Calafindesti, Romania, is a small church, but its members have a big heart for Ukrainian refugees. The pastor, Cornelus Miron, was one of the first responders at the border with Ukraine as the war broke out and people started to flee into Romania. His pioneering work led to Romanian Baptists and Southern Baptist Disaster Response teams working together at the border, greeting the refugees with water, snacks and a mobile phone charging station as they cross the border into Romania.

They’ve housed up to 25 refugees in the church building which has generated many opportunities for Gospel conversations.

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Liberty Church in Craig, Alaska has made great strides in the past year. At one point down to 10 members, it currently averages 50-60 in attendance each Sunday.

Community goodwill toward the church has grown through outreach. A partnership with Alabama Baptists has the congregation poised to move into new worship and education space.

On July 3 Liberty will host a Fourth of July extravaganza open to the public, celebrating what God has done in addition to dedicating its new building and recognizing the ordination of Pastor Cody Schwegel.

Schwegel grew up in Craig, a town that despite a population of just over 1,000 is nevertheless the largest on Prince of Wales Island, which is conversely the fourth-largest island in the United States. He’s familiar with the effects of the long, wet winters that contribute to depression and drug and alcohol addiction. He’s seen firsthand the lack of jobs and loneliness from isolation.

The pastor calls it the perfect environment for Liberty Church to become a beacon for freedom through Christ.

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