Defending Capital Punishment

Introduction For decades, capital punishment has been a hotly debated topic in the United States. There are numerous ethical considerations surrounding the issue, which this article will explore.  The objective of this article will be to provide the reader with the basic current facts on capital punishment in the United States, to consider the biblical…

Removing Life Support

On Monday morning of this week, I received a call from my wife who said that my sixty-seven year old mother had collapsed at home and was in the hospital.  Mom had been immediately intubated and placed on a ventilator by the EMS crew before she was transported to the hospital.  Upon my arrival at…

Wrestling with Sexual Orientation

You are counseling a college student in your church who has come to you very privately with ambiguity about his sexual orientation. He doesn’t understand why it is difficult for him to sustain interest in opposite sex relationships, and he thinks he might be gay, but he is not sure. He wants to know what…

Small Church Pastoral Ethics

Relationship with the Family Spouse – The pastor’s relationship with his wife is his primary earthly relationship and should take precedence over all other earthly relationships. He should love his wife sacrificially, as Christ loved the church. Their marriage relationship should be nurtured and guarded vigorously. The pastor must remember that he and his wife…