Rev. Blackburn is an adjunct professor at Trinity School for Ministry and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a board member of Anglicans for Life. He is married with five children.


Jonah and the Whale

Can a Nation Repent? Jonah 3:1-10

  When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it (Jonah 3:10).   Two things we know. First, that over 50 million babies have been legally killed in the womb in the last...
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A Breaking and Healing Word

Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice (Psalm 29:4).   Genesis 1 and Psalm 29 are tremendously hopeful passages. In Genesis, the earth is dark and chaotic, and the Lord speaks. And he speaks again, and again, and again. And, as he does so, this...
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What belongs to God?

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21).    One of the things that many of us may not appreciate sufficiently is Jesus’ mind. His toughness and his tenderness are readily apparent in the Gospels, but that Jesus is...
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Abortion and the Power of Fear

Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him (Exodus 32:1). Idolatry is a serious sin—the most serious sin—in the Bible. But what is it? Why would Israel, having been...
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Verbicide and Homicide

  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16)   Verbicide precedes Homicide. The sentence is from Paul Greenberg, a syndicated columnist who writes for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. What he means by it is that, in order to do the unthinkable,...
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Pure Religion and Life

  Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22).    Let anyone who is not convinced that defending the life of the vulnerable is a Gospel mandate read James. Much like Isaiah, who called out the hypocrisy of those who prayed and fasted and...
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The Nature of the Battle

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).   For those who work for life (and here I speak not...
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A Welcome for the Ashamed

All the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out (John 6:37). The fear of rejection is a powerful one, because we were made to be loved.  Having received a beautiful garden with everything they could ask or desire, including each other and...
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Engaging an Abortion-Hardened World

  Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” (2 Samuel 12:7).   I am always amazed that, having committed adultery with Bathsheba and killing Uriah (2 Samuel 11), the Lord had to send Nathan the prophet to convict David of his sin. If ever a sin was obvious, it was David’s....
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There Is Much We Don’t Know

  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you (Jeremiah 1:5). We often hear that the Bible is not a scientific text. And that’s fair enough, as far as it goes. But sometimes I wonder. Consider the Lord’s words to Jeremiah, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” What...
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