“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, March 18, 2018


I like Ben Shapiro. He's a brilliant and morally upright young man. Below is a Q & A he gave at a Young America Foundation event (www.yaf.org). Notice the room was lined with security. Not only does this testify that Mr. Shapiro can't be bullied, it is an indictment on the progressive left about their willingness to try to silence opposing views by intimidation and shouting down those with whom they disagree. 

Monday, March 12, 2018


See below. You can book Mark Davis Pickup to speak in your area of Canada or America about euthanasia, disability and assisted suicide, or Christian perspective on suffering. Send email to HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca for more details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Below is part 4 of Franco Zeffirelli's 1979 film masterpiece JESUS OF NAZARETH.  It takes from Christ's condemnation, crucifixion and resurrection. Robert Powell played Jesus and was supported by an all-star cast including Anne Bancroft,  Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Sir Laurence Olivier and James Earl Jones, to mention a few.

 Here then is part 4 of Jesus of Nazareth.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


In the interests of transparency, let me begin this post by stating that I am opposed to surrogacy. I want to feature a surrogacy story gone bad. We continually hear positive surrogacy experiences. We don't hear much about when surrogacy experiences goes bad. As with so many other issues the secular media keeps from public view -- like the grisly inhumanity of abortion -- this is one.

The U.S. based CENTER FOR BIOETHICS AND CULTURE Network is not such a propaganda vehicle. (God bless them.)  Jennifer Lahl heads the CBC. She recently had a skype interview with a woman whose surrogacy experience was not rosy. That interview is below.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Putting a loved one into a nursing home can be gut-wrenching.  My own family  experienced this. My mother-in-law, Dorothy, was in an Alberta (Canada) nursing home for the six years her life before her death in 2013 at the age of 82. She did not have money to afford private care. My wife and I don't have the financial resources to help so Dorothy went into public system where beds are in short supply.  There were subtle inklings, and not so subtle indicators, things might be amiss. 

My wife was afraid to make too may waves lest Dorothy be the recipient of retaliation. Dorothy had dementia, so she could not tell us if abuse were to occur. Her legs were very weak. Instead of staff helping her to the washroom, they put a lidless commodore beside her bed (near her head). That's where she did her bowel movements. She was supposed to wipe her hands with wipes my wife had to provide. The commode would go days without being emptied. Feces would pile to the lid.  Imagine the stench! My wife would have to ask for a new commode and the process would start over. 

When somebody bought Dorothy something nice. It was apt to disappear. There was theft, although one couldn't prove it. Dorothy had bed sores. Near the end of her life, she developed an infection. Her doctor recommended she be admitted to an acute care hospital. My wife and her sister were Dorothy's only advocates. They were terrified that if Dorothy was admitted to a hospital, she would not come out alive.

If this is what a Canadian elder suffered with an active, attentive advocates, I can't imagine the treatment (or lack of treatment) elders suffer if they have nobody to advocate on their behalf!  No wonder medically assisted suicide can look attractive!

Below is recent program aired across Canada about nursing home abuse. This is indicative of a society that has ceased to embrace a sanctity of human life ethic, and no longer believes that every human life bears the image and likeness of God. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018


For more than three decades I have been chronically ill and disabled with multiple sclerosis. During those years, I have found my comfort in the company of Jesus Christ and beauty of art created for His glory. Although I will never see the great Cathedrals of Europe and Britain, it is enough for me to know they are there. I can watch videos others have made of them. 

During some of my

sickest times I have lain in my bed and listened to the works of the great composers' music offerings to the glory of God. The Christian testimony of music and architecture. 

Below is a recording of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis, performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis. The performance took place in Gloucester Cathedral where is was first performed  and conducted by Vaughan Williams in 1910.

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) was an English composer -- a giant of sacred music. The magnificent Gloucester  Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years. It's roots can be traced back to 689 AD.. (For more history of Gloucester Cathedral, see http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/cathedral-history/)

Listen to the beautiful music. See the beauty of the ancient architecture.

Friday, February 23, 2018


Pornography is a major issue. It is not just a private issue, its effects are broad and devastating. It hurts individuals, families and communities. I recently came across the video below. It's excellent.  

If pornography is an issue in your life, don't keep it a secret, there are resources to help you overcome that addiction. Confess it to your priest or pastor and ask for help. But you must want God more than your choices.