Category Archives: Q and A Goes Deeper

Six things I wish I had learned in medical school

By Laura Lewis, MD

I wish I had learned…

That science can only describe the magnificence of life, not explain it. Despite learning about oocytes, spermatozoa, cell division and embryology, I failed to appreciate the complex blueprint of life, established in the early moments of conception.

During the course of her work as a frontline medical doctor, she saw the need for education, support and practical options for women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. In May of 2016, Dr. Lewis accepted the position of executive director of CAPSS.

That in the name of “choice” many women have no choice regarding their unplanned pregnancy.
I never appreciated that the scared, young woman sitting across from me in my doctor’s office also carried the fear and pressure of many others whose lives would be impacted by her decision. This fear is often laden with pressure, subtle and overt.

That many men and women live with great regret about their children lost to abortion.
As I began to work with our local pregnancy care centre, stories of deep and hidden sorrow began to emerge from post-abortive women and men. It made me question whether we have done an adequate job providing real choices. I know the answer without hesitation – we have not. True choice is when accurate information is provided on all options. True choice is made from a place of knowledge and confidence, not fear.

That despite our ability to treat a diseased heart, we have no cure for a broken one. 
We cannot fix a broken heart, but we should do all that we can to try and prevent it. I wish all women, men and families facing an unplanned pregnancy could hear the cries of regret from those who have walked before them. The physical, mental and emotional effects of abortion matter, whether it is 1% or 100% of patients affected.

That a microscope, while magnifying an image, can actually dull our focus.
A chromosome count cannot measure value. Prenatal testing cannot predict love or the impact and purpose of a life.

That when it comes to unplanned pregnancy, we often fail our patients. That is my word for it, failure. Our patients come to us for guidance, education and unbiased help during the chaos of an unplanned pregnancy. Yet, in our society and in medical circles, abortion provision, accessibility and availability are given a greater platform and emphasis than supportive alternatives such as adoption and pregnancy care support.

It is my hope there will be a change, in our society and in the medical profession. It is time for a new response to those facing an unplanned pregnancy, one where we look beyond the scientific process and we enter into a new conversation, one where all life is valued and protected.

Dr. Laura Lewis is a family physician and executive director of CAPSS (Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services). CAPSS is dedicated to establishing, equipping and encouraging local pregnancy care centres across Canada. Read Faith Today‘s recent Question & Answer interview with Dr. Lewis.

Pornography most common sexual sin of Christian men

by Kirk Giles

Earlier this year, Angus Reid released the results of a poll that give us insight into the morals of men in Canada. According to this poll, 52% of men in Canada believe that watching pornography is always or usually morally acceptable. The report also indicates that 43% of Canadian men age 18-34 believe that buying sex is always or usually morally acceptable.

Kirk Giles is the president of Promise Keepers Canada
Kirk Giles is the president of Promise Keepers Canada

Sex seems to have always had a powerful hold in the lives of men. If we examine the Old Testament, we can read multiple stories of how men used women for their own sexual desires. It seems as though any man can become overwhelmed by their desires – from the common man to the king of Israel.

Today, the age of the internet has made it easier than ever for men to lust after a woman, and keep it a secret. In the work we do at Promise Keepers Canada, pornography is easily the most common form of sexual sin Christian men are participating in. There are men who are convinced it is sin, but they don’t know how (or even if they want) to get out. There are other men who are not as confident that viewing pornography is a sin, because it is private and they don’t feel like they are hurting anyone.

There are practical and biblical ways to address the sexual temptations confronting men when it comes to pornography.

Practically, men need to see that woman as somebody’s daughter or somebody’s sister. Something changes in a man’s thinking when he sees the woman on the screen as a person first. I have never met a man who is thrilled at the idea of other men lusting after their daughter or sister, but that is exactly what men are doing when they view pornography.
Continue reading Pornography most common sexual sin of Christian men

The All-Consuming Concern Of Engaging Canadians With The Bible

By Lawson Murray

Despite our high view of Scripture, Evangelicals are trending away from reading and reflecting on God’s Word. That may be an issue for some, but for Scripture Union, it’s an all consuming concern.

logo2TheStory-250-e1364843137630

Scripture Union’s mission is to connect Canadians with Jesus and His Story. That’s what we endeavour to do, every day of every year. But with fewer and fewer people engaging with the Bible it’s increasingly more challenging to invite people to immerse their stories in God’s Story.

So the question is, what do we do? How do we help people find their way into the Word? And how do we help the Church find its way out of the present decline in Bible engagement? These, and many other related questions, weigh heavily on our hearts and minds.
Continue reading The All-Consuming Concern Of Engaging Canadians With The Bible

Four Things We Need To Know About Human Trafficking

Faith Today’s Question and Answer section features leaders of EFC affiliate organizations sharing their vision. Nov/Dec spotlights Ed Wilson and  his work as executive director of International Justice Mission Canada. Below, he shares the four most important things we need to know about human trafficking.

By Ed Wilson

IMG_4040
Girls rescued from sex trafficking dance at the Mahima Home, an aftercare home in Kolkata, India (International Justice Mission).

As the leader of IJM Canada, an organization that combats violence against the poor in the developing world, I have the opportunity  to meet with remarkable women and men who have survived the global scourge of human trafficking.

Out of those experiences, I’ve concluded there are four things we all need to know about human trafficking:

Human trafficking is pernicious. Traffickers have no regard for the richness of the human mind and the dignity of the human soul. The person is nothing more than a chattel to be marketed for financial gain. Recent news reports of Bangladeshi slave ships parallel the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, with reports of hundreds of people being held in what are effectively floating prisons. I’ve interviewed clients of IJM in India who were refused permission to leave a forced labour facility to seek medical attention for themselves, a spouse or a child or to attend the funeral of a parent. One young woman recently rescued from a brothel in Mumbai hadn’t seen sunshine for three months.

Continue reading Four Things We Need To Know About Human Trafficking