Dr. Ross Blackburn has been ordained for 20 years and has served as Rector for Christ the King for the past 10. He earned a Master of Divinity at Trinity School for Ministry, and a PhD in biblical studies at the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. He and his wife Lauren have been married for 23 years and have five children.
As a member of Anglicans for Life’s Board of Directors, Dr. Blackburn is a regular contributor to AFL’s Lectionary Life App series, and writes for the Human Life Review as well as  Christian Publications


The Power of Pro-Life Witness

Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these...
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The Psychology of Evil

He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. The helpless are...
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When the Church is silent, we display our true loves (When the Church is Silent, #10 of 10)

  You shall not covet (Exod 20:17).  Defending the vulnerable—the fatherless and the widow—is costly. It is costly because people who profit by oppression will not stand by idly and allow their darkness to be exposed, but will fight back when their interests are threatened....
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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 unthinkable is acceptable.  We do...
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When the Church is silent, we revisit the sin of slavery. (When the Church is Silent, #8 of 10)

   You shall not steal (Exod 20:15).   The natural bent of the human heart is to possess that which is not ours. James said it well: “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have,...
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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; Eph 5:32-33). Because this is so,...
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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 ritual commanded in the Old Testament,...
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When the Church is silent, we forsake other children (When the Church is Silent, # 5 of 10)

  Honor your father and your mother (Exod 20:12).   The fifth word above rests upon an important presumption: Fathers and mothers must be worthy of honor. Yet we live in a world that suggests that honor lies principally apart from one’s children. Or, to say it a bit more...
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When the Church is silent, we leave people in despair (When the Church is Silent, # 4 of 10)

  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exod 20:8).   Have you ever wondered why Jesus healed so regularly on the Sabbath? Considering the danger He faced for so doing, why did Jesus seem to choose the Sabbath for healing? To understand, let’s briefly look at the Sabbath....
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When the Church is silent, we lie about God’s character (When the Church is Silent #3 of 10)

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain (Exod 20:7).   “My walk is a public one. My business is in the world; and I must mix in the assemblies of men, or quit the post which Providence seems to...
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