Dr. Ross Blackburn has been ordained for twenty years and has served as Rector of Christ the King for the past ten. He earned a Master of Divinity at Trinity School for Ministry, and a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He and his wife Lauren have been married for twenty-three years and have five children.

For the last few years, Rev. Blackburn has been a regular contributor to the Human Life Review’s website. His column, titled A Pastor’s Reflections, is an ongoing meditation on how the grave transgression of abortion hurts not only individuals but the culture, which both influences their behavior and is shaped by it.

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When the Church is silent, we support the killing of the vulnerable (When the Church is Silent, #9 of 10)

  You shall not bear false witness (Exod 20:16).   “Verbicide must precede homocide.” The sentence is from Paul Greenberg, an American journalist. What he means is that, in order to do the unthinkable, we must convince ourselves that the...
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When the Church is silent, we revisit the sin of slavery. (When the Church is Silent, #8 of 10)

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When the Church is silent, we support sexual immorality (When the Church is Silent, #7 of 10)

 You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).   Adultery is a gospel matter. How so? Because God made man in His image—male and female (Gen 1:26). Because the union of a husband and a wife is a picture of Christ and the Church (Song of Songs;...
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When the Church is silent, we incur guilt before God (When the Church is Silent, # 6 of 10)

  You shall not murder (Exod 20:13).   Let’s take for granted the obvious—abortion kills a human baby—and explore what may not be entirely clear—the responsibility that the Church bears in a world of abortion on demand. There is an obscure...
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When the Church is silent, we forsake other children (When the Church is Silent, # 5 of 10)

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When the Church is silent, we leave people in despair (When the Church is Silent, # 4 of 10)

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