Pickup, Mark
7 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Mark Pickup of Beaumont, Alberta, Canada, authors a blog entitled "Human Life Matters". He is a triplegic with advanced multiple sclerosis. He says as his disability increases, he has become interested in discovering Christian meaning in suffering. His priorities are faith, family and sanctity of human life. "I will dedicate whatever energies I have left to these things. I am now convinced that if a society does not embrace the sanctity, dignity and equality of all human life (and North American society does not) then any barbarity is possible. A truly civilized society includes in its tender embrace every human life".

Articles

New! What? I thought I was born gay!

I doubt that any gay-identified person or political activist is seriously going to be asking themselves this question in spite of the latest study on genetic causation of homosexuality.

Date posted: 2019-09-08

I'm Walking

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.

Date posted: 2019-01-19

The 'Why' of suffering

Pope John Paul II once said that the answer to the "why" of suffering depends on the ability to comprehend the sublimity of divine love. Unfortunately for most of us, it is beyond our ability to comprehend the wonder and perfection of God's love. Left to my own means, I could not comprehend it; the "why" of suffering would remain unanswered.

Date posted: 2013-06-22

The 'National Catholic Reporter,' capital punishment, and 'bundle of cells'

The U.S. based National Catholic Reporter recently published a commentary under the title "Status of Abortion, Death Penalty in Catholic Teaching Makes Little Sense." Really? Why would a Catholic newspaper publish this op-ed piece? It was written by Presbyterian Bill Tammeus who took issue with the Catholic Church and its position against abortion in comparison to its opposition to the death penalty.

Date posted: 2013-05-03

Christians should be more concerned about the rights of others than their own

A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Self-interest reigns supreme. Have you ever noticed that the Bible says little about us defending our own rights but is replete with exhortations for us to defend the rights of others? We are told to defend widows and orphans, even if we are not widowed or orphaned. We are told to speak up for the voiceless even though we have a voice -- especially if we have a voice! We read in 1 Corinthians 10:24: "No one should seek his own advantage, but that of his neighbour."

Date posted: 2013-04-20

My Cup is Half Full

At my sickest times with chronic, degenerative disease, when I was virtually bedridden and at my lowest point, I fleetingly wondered why I was born. What was the purpose of my life? After all, I have been sick for nearly half of my life - a life that started with such promise only to have that promise snatched away in early adulthood, or so it sometimes seemed.

Date posted: 2013-02-27

Post-Hippocratic Barbarism

There was a time when I might have believed humanity had passed beyond barbarism of past centuries and into sunlit enlightenment. I might have believed it if I was kept unaware of 20th Century barbarism. This western barbarism culminated in cultural embrace (even celebration) of abortion on demand, and, more recently, the advent of euthanasia consciousness. Yes, if I had lived in a bubble apart from the happenings of man, I might have believed a myth that humanity is capable, on its own, of attaining glorious heights of refined enlightenment.

Date posted: 2007-03-23