Category Archives: Ethical issues

Letter to the Editor

In response to this story in today’s Examiner, I’ve sent the following letter to the editor. If you’re interested in reading my full submission to the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, you can find it here.

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Dear editor,

In the August 30 article, “No apologies for conversion therapy,” our church was referenced as a body that admits to having “carried out SOGI conversion practices.”  I want to emphasise: our church does not provide exorcisms, electroshock therapy, psychoanalysis, reconditioning, or aversion therapy. We simply hold out the same hope God offers to all people:  forgiveness through Jesus Christ and grace to change.  However, by simply praying and preaching the Bible, the Issues Paper prepared by the Tasmania Law Reform Institute would have you believe that we are engaged in “SOGI conversion practices.”  The reality is that we simply carry out Christian ministry as it has historically been done.  Finally, the article states that we were contacted for comment.  Yet when I responded your reporter did not return my e-mail.        

Rev. Dr. Wes Bredenhof

Free Reformed Church of Launceston


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Who are the 144,000 in the Revelation to John?

There are at least a couple of options and R. Fowler White defends one of them, quite capably in my opinion.

Same-Sex Attraction and Jesus: One Woman’s Journey

Ellen Mary Dykas interviews “Danae” about her struggles. It’s an encouraging story of how God can bring meaningful change through the gospel.

Bethel, Jesus, and Dove Dung

This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve read recently. It’s about Bethel Church in Redding, California and some of the unbiblical teaching their promoting. Discern.

Soft flexible nerves found in Triceratops bone

Soft dinosaur tissue? How’s it possible? Not a hard question to answer for a young earth creationist. If you want to review the original article this one is based on, see here.

New “Long Story Short” Video Delivers a Dose of Reality for Origin-of-Life Researchers

Can life come from non-life? Check out this really well-produced 10 minute video.

“The quadruplets just started falling out of her”: The abortion horror story that made six clinic workers quit

Jonathon Van Maren interviews ex-abortion worker Abby Johnson.

Teens Are Lonelier Than Ever. What Do Smartphones Have to Do With It?

Quite a bit, apparently. Jean Twenge explains the latest research.

Interview Nightmare

If you need a good laugh:


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Distancing Darwin from Racism Is a Fool’s Errand

“It is very true what you say about the higher races of men, when high enough, replacing & clearing off the lower races. In 500 years how the Anglo-Saxon race will have spread & exterminated whole nations; & in consequence how much the human race, viewed as a unit, will have risen in rank.” ~ Charles Darwin

Sin is Like a Snowball

Scott Bredenhof reflects on how sin can gain dangerous momentum in our lives — and what God has done about it.

Dusting When the Light is Dim

I love these kinds of illustrations. This is a good one is about sanctification — I’ve saved it for future reference.

We Have Met the Enemy

Tal Bachman: “But the most alarming revelation was the astronomical rate of suicide among post-surgery transgenders, particularly after a decade. The post-surgery suicide rate wasn’t 25% higher than normal, which would have been disturbing enough. Nor was it 50% higher. Nor was it 100% higher. It wasn’t even 250% higher, which would have been, or should have been, a screaming alarm for the medical community and public alike. Nor was it 400% higher, or 600% higher. It was nearly two thousand percent higher.”

We the Screamers

Another powerful piece from Jonathon Van Maren.

Can a politician be personally, but not politically, pro-life?

Some conservative politicians try to take a middle-of-the-road approach to abortion: personally against, but politically indifferent or even for. Jon Dykstra analyzes this from a biblical perspective.

Australian Christian Lobby in the News

The Australian Christian Lobby has no equal elsewhere in the world. This is an organization doing phenomenal work to bring biblical thinking into the public square. ACL is headed up by Martyn Iles. He’s been doing a tour across Australia with his “The Truth of It” program. When ACL attempted to hire public venues in Western Australia, they were refused. The explanation is in the video clip below. Just yesterday (Friday July 16), ACL announced that the WA state government had backed down.


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Families Pushed Toward Abortion

It’s a myth that every abortion is freely chosen by the woman. Many women are pressured into having abortions, including by doctors. My wife experienced this with our youngest, and many others have too. They make it sound like it’s your duty to have an abortion if there’s the slightest indication of an abnormality.

God Loves LGBTQ People More Than We Do

Samuel Sey: “God isn’t ashamed of the gospel. He isn’t embarrassed by his word. He isn’t anxious about telling people good things that might offend them. God isn’t afraid to tell the truth about sexual sin. God isn’t tempted to lie about pornography, fornication, adultery—and especially, homosexuality and transgenderism.”

My Life as a Christian Under a Communist Regime

This is really insightful, especially this: “It may surprise you, but from my perspective the main suffering for Chinese Christians is not physical persecution or lack of religious liberty but bad theology, though the reason behind bad theology is the lack of freedom.”

Washington Post column: Kids should watch portrayal of sex acts at ‘pride’ parades

Jonathon Van Maren: “In short, we’ve gone from: How dare you accuse us of wanting to influence kids? to Of course kids should see sex acts at Pride Parades!”

From Devastation to Deliverance

“Once constantly drunk and suicidal, William shares the story of how his sister, Danica, was influential in his coming to Christ. Despite a heart-breaking loss in their family, William and Danica share about the joys of being children of the only true God and testify to the importance of the local church in this evangelism story.”


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

How to Start to Read the Bible

David Qaoud: “In this post, I will give advice for those of you who want to start reading the Bible but are not sure where to start or what to do. I write with beginners and new believers in mind, but I hope seasoned Bible readers will find benefit as well.”

Million Dollar Note

When I was at Synod, one of my colleagues introduced me to this clever evangelistic resource. I left a bunch of them around the Melbourne airport the other day — and when I came home, I ordered 200 more. There are similar tracts for the US and Canada.

Comfort Facing Death

I officiated at a parishioner’s funeral on Friday. One of the songs we sang was Psalm 139. Then I noticed this beautiful little meditation on the same Psalm. Death is the one thing we all have to face — as Christians we need not fear it or be anxious about it. Its sting has been removed by Christ. It’s a beginning, not an end!

Friedrich Schleiermacher, the PCA, and Side B Christianity

Chris Gordon reflects on what’s ailing the Presbyterian Church in America.

A Prisoner Set Free

“Jesus did not come for the healthy but the sick, and that includes the prisoners regardless of their crime. In this evangelism story, hear how a man, Colin, was freed from two types of imprisonment — a temporal and eternal. The latter was brought about by his friend, Julian, who was faithful to share the gospel with him relentlessly — even though Colin mocked and scorned him.”