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


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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When the Church is silent, we forsake the worship of God (When the Church is Silent #2 of 10)

You shall have no other gods before me . . . You shall not make for yourself a carved image . . . You shall not bow down to them or serve them . . . (Exodus 20:3-6). The first commandment in the Decalogue concerns worship, forbidding the worship of anything apart from God alone....
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When the Church is silent, we have forgotten who we are (When the Church is Silent #1 of 10)

I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery (Exod 20:2). The Lord constantly reminds His people of who He is. In the Old Testament, the Lord instituted the Passover as an annual reminder that He delivered Israel from slavery. In...
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Life in Crisis

Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy” (Psalm 86:1). Years ago, pregnancy care centers were typically called “crisis pregnancy centers.” I am not sure why most centers dropped the term “crisis,” but I suspect it had something to do with letting women...
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We Want What We Want

One evening in 1787 a young English M.P. pored over papers by candlelight in his home beside the Houses of Parliament. Wilberforce had been asked to propose the Abolition of the Slave Trade although almost all Englishmen thought the Trade necessary, if nasty, and that economic...
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