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Ethics Quandary: How do we deal with single IVF mothers?

June 11, 2011

Here’s the situation:

A friend of my mother, who has known me since I have little, recently offered to “set me up” with her son’s sister-in-law (trust me, it’s even weird than it sounds!) She sounds like a totally great gal, we’ve got similar interests, but there’s one problem:

She has a daughter by IVF…and she’s never been married…. I guess she decided a few years ago that she didn’t want to wait on having children since a husband was not in the picture. My conundrum is two-part:

  1. What is the church’s/Bible’s position on children out-of-wedlock by this manner? I’m a little rusty on my casuistic thinking. First, we have to tread the Regulative/Normative principle waters here, since obviously the technology to have a child without sexual intercourse (at least directly) was not present in Biblical times. Second, there’s the awkward progressive revelation point: Mary, the mother of our Lord, was also (by obviously a different method) found in the same way
  2. The higher standard being the station of the pastorate: What should a pastor do when in my situation? She and I are in similar waters. We both have not “found” the one to marry due to God’s timing. We both want children, but also want to follow God faithfully. I have time, but she does/did not. But it is not exactly like marrying a widow with children…or is it?

I’d like to hear discussion on this, but I will moderate the less kind or on-topic comments as needed.

After a gentle rebuke…

July 14, 2009

I have decided to divide my blog thoughts into two separate entries:

here (adubhigg) will be devoted to SBc life matter

there (2Tim22) will be focusing on developing an online discipleship community…we’re using some code words over there to get us past any censors in the hopes of letting the community go transoceanic

So, Blake and any others that want to read that one and not this one (because you’re not SBC and don’t care!), reset your blog reader to http://2tim22.wordpress.com/ and follow the other, less strident conversation!

FYI: Theology Musings (starting in the fall again) will still be posted here as they don’t really fit the foundational level I’m at over at the other site.

Hope to blog at length soon…

July 9, 2009

Between Convention, seeing out-of-town friends (going to them!), and summer classes (teaching AND taking!), I’ve been lax in posting. Also, I am purposely avoiding talking about some of the denominational hoopla (at least, only in short and hopefully civil comments on other blogs).

As soon as I find time…and something else to talk about, I will post, my devoted reader(s)!

Theology Ditty 1…What is theology?

September 25, 2008

To preface this series, as part of my theology class at Midwestern, each student must write a one-page response to a question about the material. As we have had a few weeks in, I have plenty of non-SBC politics stuff to share with the faithful few of you who still read this blog! Enjoy and feel free to comment!

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“What is theology?”

Theology is the contemplation of the divine. Its aim is not the completion of the journey, but the fulfillment of the growth of the person traveling its road.

Intellectually, we consider God with our logic, our gift from Him as part of our human nature, as reflections of His image. His revelation to us in the Scriptures conveys the basis for our deductions concerning the character of His divinity, as well as many other truths. As we read and study and grow into His image, we somehow come to understand, while knowing that the infinitesimal comprehension we have is nothing compared to the vast fullness of His nature our limited minds cannot even begin to fathom.

Emotionally, we engage God first through the struggle of our will against His, our rebellion bearing testimony both to our inadequacy without Him and our inborn desire to oppose Him nonetheless. At the moment of crisis, when we see our sin and its harm to ourselves and to our Maker, we next feel the emptiness of our past life and the wonder and promise of the eternal one He offers. We learn of God’s love not as a sterile, academic reality, but a vital and thriving force that draws us to Him and sustains and strengthens our weaknesses before Him. In the day-by-day walk that follows salvation, when we hourly surrender ourselves to His wisdom and guidance, we finally and progressively learn of the greatness of His glory and character, to which we respond with the unspoken plea to know yet more of Him.

Finally, there is an aspect of our nature that lies beyond description in our frail English language. For lack of a better term, one might call it the deep place of our soul. Here the truth of God resonates like a deep ocean current, a tide draws to its peak by the proximity of Immanuel. More than head knowledge or heart empathy, we commune here beyond words, maybe even beyond conscious, concrete thought, with the Transcendent Savior and the abiding peace that He brings. it is here that theology truly resides. Beyond the systematization and the flowery language, past content and passion and human ideas, He waits for His own to return to Him, “to be still and know Him”, to find their end at the palce of their beginning: in Him.

School is back in session…

September 15, 2008

…and I have been a blog-slacker! Sorry! Will return to regular (weekly, if not more) writing soon.

Will finish my discussion of SBC life and then start into a broader view of theology (i.e. you get to see some past assignments of mine!)

Another totally random idea requiring your input…

July 11, 2008

Several indicators are leading me to believe that there is a need for Nooma-style videos with solid, conservative theology…thoughts on this?

If I do them, they’ll debut this fall in KCMO where I live…but I would be willing to export if interest is there…details to come!

Much to my chagrin…

May 7, 2008

…I have been lax on blogging this semester: between teaching a class and taking classes, I have had little time to read email, much less post my musings!

For this I am sorry…I will endeavor to post MUCH more frequently this summer when I will not have classes to take (but hopefully one to teach!)

Still thinking about what to muse on…any ideas?

Thanksgiving in Vinita, OK…

November 27, 2007

Because SC is 16 hours away by car and more money than I have by plane, I spent my first Thanksgiving with my friend Brent (AKA Michael Ed…see 9/17 entry) and his family. I survived the two dogs (George, the ever-ready, but often-mistaken guard-dog and Molly, who never learned I am a turkey whore who does not share his food) and the two cats (Samoa and Simba, which I could not tell apart and who liked to jump on me while I slept).

I also found my new pastime: TCM…especially Mexican Spitfire (Lupe Velez) and Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) movies! I also fell in love (again) with BBC America, especially Bargain Hunt, How Clean is your House? and You Are What You Eat…so I fear I will do nothing from 1-4 PM every day but be glued to “Something a Little Brit Different”!

The countdown (9 class days left) to the end of my first semester in seminary has begun…as has mounting assignments to be completed in that time! In other words, gotta go!

For all ya’ll waiting with fervent anticipation…

November 20, 2007

…I got the job! I will now be an employee of Metropolitan Community College-Longview, starting in January, provided that I turn my paperwork in! I will be teaching general biology to non-science majors…I’m excited and so should you!

I have finished reading four of my 8 books…and I hate biblical history writers! Good thing, it turns out (or at least it seems) that you don’t ACTUALLY have to use sources and references to support your case…you basically can say whatever you want (even if it doesn’t make any sense!) and then use other people’s words to support your flimsy position! I’m not (very) mad because now I can also make somewhat outlandish claims and be perfectly justified by my peers! My opus will be in three parts: Esther as Reform Jew (this semester), Daniel as Conservative Jew (next semester), and Ezra/Nehemiah as Orthodox Jew (on my own time, when I decide to publish it)…those curious about these working titles will have to wait for my book!

This will be the first year I do not spend Thanksgiving with my family (my mother is already having difficulty with this):

Pros: no intergenerational drama (my family is notorious and this year, with my cousin & her boyfriend and my brother & his fiancee, is no different)

Cons: I love my family and miss my immediate relatives (mom and bro)

I am assuaging my need for turkey and pumpkin pie by accompanying a friend to his home in Oklahoma…

Well catch ya’ll on the flip-side!

I’m not dead yet…

November 12, 2007

…but I am getting there: I need to read 8 books on Esther by Thanksgiving and write a 12-page paper on acculturation during the Babylonian exile…exciting stuff, I know!

Exams went well: made the only 100 in OT Survey (not that I’m bragging…too much!) and I feel certain I did well on NT survey concerning Matthew.

Will blog again after the interview Wednesday!