Friday, January 24, 2014


Wednesday of this week was the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing abortion on demand. Since then somewhere between 52 and 54 million pre-born children have been killed in their mothers’ womb. That is well over 3,000 children per day, and one third of all babies conceived in America every year since 1973; and it is also big business, raking in vast profits for the abortion industry. 

One clergyman wrote on his blog:

“Roe v. Wade: A 41 Year Long Holocaust

You can sanitize the language but its still murder. Abortion has desensitized us to the reality of what is happening when an unborn life is terminated. How long before the judgment of God comes upon a people who do this?”

He concluded his message with these words:

“I submit that the unborn children of anyone have a right to fulfill their dreams as well and to a safe community and to health, and actually to life. Let's not let this anniversary, let's not let any day, let's not let any of this go by without really understanding what is taking place not only in the United States and Canada, but around the world with all of these abortions and the culture of death, the culture of murder that has been fostered, promoted, and now just sanitized away with language like this and so much more than we could bring out.

We are talking about murder. We are talking about taking the life of a child from the womb of its mother. Let's not forget that... but let me leave you with one scripture from Deuteronomy 30:19. God says through Moses to not just Israel but to all of us,’Choose life that both you and your descendants might live.’ That's God's teaching. That's God's instruction.”

Think about it for a moment. “Abortion has desensitized us to the reality of what is happening when an unborn life is terminated. How long before the judgment of God comes upon a people who do this?”

God often punishes us by letting us have what we want. This is known in Scripture as the law of sowing and reaping. America has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind. The generation that cried out for abortion on demand is now finding their children and grandchildren calling for the killing of the elderly through euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, and soon the right to die will become the duty to die. America has killed a whole generation, 52 to 55 million innocent lives violently snuffed out because they were “inconvenient,” “unplanned” or “too costly.” That is more than twice the entire population of Canada! These slaughtered Americans are being replaced with mass third world immigration which threatens to change our country forever. We have indeed sown the wind and we are reaping the whirlwind... but there is hope!

Despite the freezing temperatures and winter storms many thousands of patriotic, pro-life Americans turned out for the March for Life in Washington, DC. The pro-abortion counter-demonstrators who normally number only a handful didn’t even show up this year. Their counter-demonstration was cancelled due to the weather. Not only did this year’s March For Life demonstrate the commitment and fortitude of the movement, but much has been accomplished at the grass roots and 2014 promises to be a year in which even more ground is won back in this culture war for the soul of America. You can read all about it in an excellent article by clicking this link: .

Abortion never solves anything. It always leaves at least two victims: one dead and one wounded. As Christians we need to love them both. We need to pray and work to stop this genocide, and reach out to the wounded with the gospel, giving them the opportunity for repentance, forgiveness and healing. There is forgiveness and the promise of a new life to all who will repent. Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, has come to Christ, experienced a new life, and now works to end abortion. Her book, Won By Love, is eye opening and encouraging, and her story has given new hope to those wounded by abortion.

While godly men and women all across America were mourning the 41st anniversary of the beginning of this genocide, the Left was celebrating it. Jesus said that the devil was a liar and murder from the beginning, and the father of lies; and the devil continues to lie about abortion and to twist the facts, and this father of death continues his efforts to advance the culture of death and spread the killing from the pre-born to the elderly, the sick and the disabled.

Barrack Hussein Obama issued a short pro-abortion statement commemorating the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. You can read his entire statement and a response from First Things titled, “Eight Lies in President Obama’s Roe Statement” by clicking here: .

There is a very heartwarming article and short video on the Internet about one of those disposable, handicapped pre-born children whom doctors tried five times to get the mother to abort. I hope that you will take a couple of minutes to see it. Here is the link:

This week I read an article from another clergyman who leads an American Christian denomination. He is a conservative Christian, but I found what he wrote about the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade very sad. He wrote, “I am Sighing and Crying. What am I supposed to do? A shameful benchmark came and went yesterday: the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade...” So far, so good, but then he wrote, “But I can’t do anything about it. All I can do is express my outrage, but to go beyond that is futily opposing increased moral sliding... This slide is irreversible...”

This Christian leader believes that things are supposed to get worse and worse, and that trying to do anything about it is futile. We have heard this same message coming from Christian radio and TV, and from countless pulpits. According to these voices, trying to do anything is like polishing the brass on a sinking ship or arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This message of hopelessness, defeat and retreat has sidelined millions of Christians and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Rather than being salt and light in society it has reduced many Christians to being mere spectators watching the collapse of Western Christian civilization.

This was not the view of the early Church who literally turned the world upside down. This was not the view of our Christian forbearers who built Christendom in Europe. This was not the view of those brave Christians who bled to stop the Moslem hordes at the gates of Vienna or who drove the Moors from Spain and liberated the country from Islamic oppression. This was not the view of the Founding Fathers of our Republic who establish a new nation based on Christianity.  And this was not the view of the foreign missionaries who for centuries have given their lives to reach the world with the gospel. 

Many Christians, even otherwise orthodox Christians, become uncomfortable when a pastor speaks out about abortion. "Everyone knows we are against abortion," they reason, "so why talk about it? After all, it makes people uncomfortable and it is such a divisive issue." But being "against abortion" is not enough. We can't just be personally opposed to it while we fail to speak up because it makes people uncomfortable or because it is such a divisive issue in our polarized society. Pastors are called by God to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Abortion must be exposed for what it really is, and this genocide must be stopped. How? St. Augustine of Hippo points the way. He said, "Pray as though everything depends on God, and work as though everything depends on you."  

Saturday, January 4, 2014


A little reflection on the year 2013 reveals that we have a lot to celebrate as a parish. God has been with us every step of the way and has used us to touch many lives, and the future looks very bright indeed. The state of Holy Cross parish is strong. As we begin the new year we should take some time to reflect on our blessings and give thanks for them, and to make resolutions to take our discipleship even more seriously in 2014. Here are some of the blessings for which we should be thankful:

We had more people at church on the Fourth Sunday in Advent in 2013 than we had on the Fourth Sunday in Advent in 2012, and we had had more people at our Christmas Midnight Eucharist in 2013 than we had in 2012.

When the Vestry met in December we reviewed the parish finances for the year. They are solid. As of the end of November we had more money in the bank than we had on January 1, 2013.

In December we moved into our new parish hall. The new hall is almost double the size of our old parish hall. While we were overcrowded in the old hall we seem dwarfed in the new hall, but that is a good feeling. It gives us plenty of space for expansion.

In 2013 we contributed 4,997 pounds, or about two and a half tons of much needed food to the Open Door Mission. That is more than four times our original goal and an absolutely amazing amount of food! In addition, our first  donation of food for 2014 was taken to the Open Door Mission this week and it totaled 300 pounds. By God's grace we are feeding a lot of very needy people.

In 2013 we delivered a vast amount of donated gourmet bread to the Francis and Siena House Shelters. Deliveries are made every Friday and one Saturday of the month, and I am told that each delivery is around 150 pounds of bread. We are currently supplying the three largest homeless shelters in Omaha with much needed food. Holy Cross is making a real difference in the lives of real people.

In 2013 we partnered with Samaritan's Purse and participated in Operation Christmas Child. Holy Cross parishioners sent many boxes of Christmas gifts to children in third world countries touching them with the love of Jesus and giving them hope and an opportunity to go on and study God's Word.

In 2013 we incorporated Gregorian chant into the Eucharistic Liturgy. Every Sunday this ancient chant is used for the minor propers in the Holy Eucharist.

At Christmas time in 2012 we established a Vested Choir at Holy Cross parish. This dedicated choir sacrifices an evening of their time every week and has blessed the parish with their music ministry throughout 2013 and into 2014. 

We now celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Holy Cross parish three times every week - Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in addition to Holy Days. We are truly a Eucharist-centered parish and everyone has an opportunity to receive the Blessed Sacrament frequently. We also celebrate the Holy Eucharist one Saturday per month in the chapel of Douglas County Hospital, bringing the gospel and the sacraments to long-term residents that are all too often completely cut off from any church community.

We are a Bible preaching and Bible teaching church where the Word of God is proclaimed and explained from the pulpit and where our adult Christian education class is taught at the college level. Parishioners at Holy Cross parish have every opportunity to partake of the sincere milk of the Word, advance to strong spiritual meat, and grow into mature disciples of Christ.

We are a praying church. We take prayer very, very seriously at Holy Cross parish. Prayer requests are taken every Sunday and we devote time for serious prayer, praying for people by name and by need. In addition, we have a well organized and active parish Prayer Chain whose members are committed to pray for those serious and immediate needs that sometimes unexpectedly occur. 

Some churches are veritable burial societies, but by God's grace we had no funerals in the parish in 2013. In fact, since we began meeting for worship in a conference room of the Holiday Inn Express in the summer of 2007, we have had only one death in the parish. Only one in six and a half years. We have much to be thankful for!

Holy Cross parish is truly a united, traditional and active Orthodox Anglican Church serving Omaha and the surrounding communities. The uncompromised Word of God is proclaimed and taught, the sacraments are administered with reverence, real prayer is a priority, and the great hymns of the Church are sung, all in an atmosphere of love with an emphasis on the church as a community, as the family of God, rather than merely an institution or a building.

These are just a few of the blessings that we should be thankful for. During this Christmas season we remember that God so loved the world that in the fullness of time He sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem us from sin and death. Jesus gave his life for us that we might have life and that more abundantly, and he established his church where we could be united in fellowship with him and with a spiritual family, and where we might hear and learn the Word of God, receive the sacraments of grace, especially baptism and Holy Communion, be empowered by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and continue Christ's work in the world. Jesus gave his life for us. What more could he give? Many professed Christians are merely spectators or spiritual consumers. "What am I getting out of church they often ask?" But our attitude should be much different. To paraphrase President Kennedy, ask not what your church can do for you, but ask what you can do for your church! The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers means that we are all ministers, and that means that we should all have a ministry in the church. Our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him and the fulness of the apostolic faith to those who do, and to build up the Body of Christ. May God continue to bless us with an even greater and more effective minisrtry in 2014. May we be the first pebble that begins the avalanche that will be the New Evangelization of America and a renewal of the universal call to holiness.