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.


The Slide to Abortion

Perhaps you know this Old Testament story (2 Samuel 11). King David, on his roof after a nap, spied a married woman, Bathsheba, bathing on her own roof below. Admiring her beauty, he sent for her and lay with her. Shortly afterward, Bathsheba sent the king word that she was...
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Cecile Richards

The Business of Bribery

   Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood. And all the people shall say “Amen” (Deuteronomy 27:25).   It is hard to imagine anyone objecting to the Old Testament forbidding bribery in the service of murder. One would think such a law would be axiomatic in...
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Woven by God

  For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the...
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Rest in Peace Alfie Evans: Matters Sacred and Irreversible

Most who read this will know that 2-year-old Alfie Evans, who suffered from a mysterious neuro-degenerative disease, died last week, the UK Supreme Court having ordered life support be removed and, despite the desires of Alfie’s parents, forbidding him to receive treatment...
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Adoption and Calling

  You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, the heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ … (Romans 8:15-17).    Callings come in (at...
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Engaging a Broken World

“How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (John 4:9)   The following reflections are on John 4, which concerns a Samaritan woman who came to draw from a well at noon (which many have suggested meant that she was trying to avoid others who would...
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The Vanishing Down Syndrome Children

  God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence...
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What We Refuse to Know

  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know” (Mark 11:33). Sometimes we don’t know things because we don’t know them. Sometimes we don’t know things because we don’t want to know them. Sometimes we trifle with the things that we should take most seriously. The Pharisees ask...
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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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Prayer and Perseverance

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and...
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