“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
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The life experiences of LaRee and Mark Pickup have followed closely with the major Life issues of our time. As teenage lovers they found themselves confronted with an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. They chose abortion for their baby. LaRee and Mark grieved that abortion for decades.
In 1984, Mark was diagnosed with degenerative multiple sclerosis.
Their journey through physical degeneration and serious disability has been the cause of profound trials and grief. Mark is triplegic (only his left arm is fully functional) and he is confined to an electric wheelchair. Other people in similar situations have opted for assisted suicide. LaRee and Mark have also dealt with end-of-life issues of parents, as well as diseases and care of extremely aged family members.
They have become committed to the cause of life and defence of the vulnerable. For more than a decade Mark has spoken across Canada and the United States promoting the sanctity, dignity and equality of all human life. He has addressed politicians and legislative committees (both Canadian and American), university forums, hospital medical staffs, religious and denominational leaders, community groups and organizations about the critical importance of protecting all human life from conception to natural death. Mark is also a widely published writer on bioethical and Christian issues.
LaRee is the provincial Director of the Alberta Pro-Life
Association (Canada). She is responsible for educational development and coordination of political presence for Life issues throughout the Canadian province of Alberta.
LaRee and Mark Pickup have developed a gripping presentation about their personal experiences spanning the full spectrum of Life issues. They are available to speak to your organization, group, or church. LaRee and Mark can also speak about their Christian perspective of suffering, grief and loss.
Contact LaRee and Mark Pickup at (780) 929-9230 or by email: MPickup@shaw.ca, to speak to your group, organization or church.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
My wife, LaRee (photo left), had an abortion at seventeen. She was not given information about the procedure and left ignorant about its after-effects -- the regrets and guilt that lasted for years. Today, LaRee is the provincial Director of Alberta Pro-Life Association (Canada). She is convinced that no abortion should be performed without providing women with full disclosure about the procedure, information about prenatal life, and the risks associated with abortion. There are very real and serious risks.
Abortion is a sign that society
has failed women. No woman should have to choose between the life of her child and her education or career. A society that is truly concerned about her needs should ensure both options are available to her.
BALANCE THE CHOICE
Provinces provide millions of tax dollars to pay for abortions on demand.
If Canadians really are “pro-choice”, why is only one
choice so heavily funded? I propose a balanced approach. Provide equal funding for women who choose life for their babies. Provide funding to homes for unwed mothers where they can finish their education and receive prenatal care and life skills training.
Provide funding for community and faith based partnerships with government for shepherding homes where women in crisis pregnancies can establish or re-establish community connections and mentoring. Give women positive choices not just negative choices.
The fact is this: Canada not a pro-choice society. We are pro-abortion. If Canada was in favour of choice we would ensure the choice was evenly weighed for women. But we don’t do that. We only support the abortion choice.
Canadian society can not legitimately claim to be pro-choice. It favours abortion and says so with its funding.