A Pastor’s Reflections was created in 2015 by Reverend W. Ross Blackburn, Rector of Christ the King, an Anglican Church in Boone, North Carolina, and longtime contributor to the Human Life Review. Now the feature, renamed Pastoral Reflections, will carry contributions from a variety of clerics and religious who, along with Rev. Blackburn, will meditate on abortion and other grave moral transgressions that not only hurt individuals but deform the culture and threaten religious liberty.

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COVID-19 and Abortion: Why Are We Concerned?

  I write this from my home in North Carolina, not having seen (in person) anyone outside of my family (except the postman) for almost two weeks. Our governor has issued a stay-at-home order for April. Like many other places in the country,...
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When Wisdom Serves Evil

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made (Genesis 3:1). Before proceeding with this short reflection, let me acknowledge that those who perpetrate evil do not always intend to do so. It is...
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When Freedom Is Bondage

  No one really believes in utterly free, unfettered choice. There are good choices and bad choices, and an enduring challenge in life is to know the difference. There are choices that we forbid ourselves and others to make. For instance, I...
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God With Us

No longer naked and unashamed, we hide from one another.
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When “No” Protects a Great “Yes”

  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8). ...
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Why Consent Doesn’t Work

Sometimes we see the wisdom of a law by looking at what can happen when it is broken, or not enforced. For instance, traffic accidents occur because the boundaries we call laws are ignored. Shattered automobiles and shattered lives bear grim...
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