Thursday, February 11, 2016

Doritos Super Bowl Commercial

During Super Bowl 50 Frito Lay ran an ad for their Doritos chips which had abortion rights groups instantly outraged. If you haven’t seen the commercial, it features a mom and dad watching their child’s ultrasound, and the dad is eating a bag of nacho cheese Doritos. Every time the dad lifts a chip to his mouth, the baby reacts by reaching for the chip.

NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League, sent out this tweet following the airing of the commercial: “‪#NotBuyingIt‪ - that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses…”

You read that right. Apparently its an “antichoice tactic” to humanize a fetus. In other words, it is a dirty trick to make baby humans look like baby humans.

Here’s what I’m not buying: Doritos didn’t humanize the baby, God did. He creates each life, giving children unique human DNA from the second of conception.

I realize that unborn children will not grab for a potato chip, but ultrasounds commonly show them wave, kick, hiccup, blink, sing, dance, and other human things.

This anger over a funny commercial only exposes NARAL’s fear that people will find out that an unborn baby is actually a living person, and therefor reject their barbaric business. That is why they fight tooth and toenail to prevent laws like the one in Texas which requires women to have an ultrasound prior to aborting their babies. They don’t want women looking at ultrasound machines that might humanize the fetus.

Conversely, the people at NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and other abortion-defending groups know the truth, but they suppress the truth. Knowing full well that these “fetuses” have beating hearts, working organs, and unique fingerprints, they use terms like, “product of conception,” “clump of tissue,” and “blob of cells.” This suppressing of facts helps deceive millions of young ladies into ending a life.

Maybe if we did more humanizing and less suppressing, Americans would reject this legal murder of the unborn once and for all.

Monday, December 28, 2015

I Walked Home from Church Today

Photo from our last Sunday on staff at Philippi 

I walked home from church today, as I’ve done countless times over the years, but this time was different. I knew this was my final walk home.

Each week I walk down the hill from Philippi to my house, two places that I view as a gift from God. I received both gifts on the same day—my 23rd birthday—January 22nd, 2008. Many think the house is a parsonage, but it was just a house that happened to be in foreclosure when we were hired at the church. We were voted in on a Sunday night, and agreed to buy the house the next morning before heading to the airport. The next time we would be in Union it would be to call it home.

2007 was a tough year for us. Alicia left her family in Texas, the place I called home for the previous four years. We suffered through a pair of miscarriages, and I had to come to grips with not being given the chance at what I considered to be my dream job. 2008 brought not only a new year, but a new beginning at a place that seemed too good to be true. Our house, and its view of the magnificent sanctuary, are a constant reminder that God is faithful.

We kept waiting for the new to wear off, to find out that this was all too good to be true. That still hasn’t happened. Brad Goodale turned out to be the best boss I ever had, and Philippi became our family. We have endured another pair of miscarriages here, and the church has loved us through them. When Alicia went into kidney failure, the church not only took care of us, they literally gave us a kidney. Through the roller coaster pregnancies that brought us Reagan and TJ, and their subsequent stays in the NICU, Philippi was good to us, allowing me to miss time to take care of my family.

After all we have been through together, I dreaded telling the church of my intentions to resign. I knew they would understand if I was leaving to become a senior pastor somewhere, but I have never felt that calling. My biggest fear was that they would be disappointed that I was leaving to enter politics. That’s why I’ll never forget their reaction. As much as I needed the church in January of 2008, or during Alicia’s transplant, or when we rocked our tiny babies in NICU, I needed them again when I resigned. I’ll forever be grateful for the standing ovation I received when I announced my intentions of running for the State House of Representatives.

Each Sunday I walk home after another great day in God’s house, feeling thankful as I walk towards mine. I’m sure I’ll still walk to church sometimes (I can use the exercise), but it won’t be as a pastor. Those days are now over. But I can close this chapter in my life with no regrets and nothing but good memories.  

From the four of us, thank you for everything. I have no idea what 2016 will bring, or where we will be this time next year, but we will always be thankful for all you have done for us.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Conquer or Die

Forgive me if this is a bit dramatic, but visiting Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty got me thinking…

Last week Alicia and I had the privilege of spending a few days in New York. On our trip we stopped in Brooklyn, and being the history nerd that I am, I was awestruck by this quote from George Washington.

The British army had amassed 10,000 Red Coats to storm New York. Understanding that losing New York was tantamount to losing the country, General Washington knew his men needed to make a stand in the Battle of Brooklyn. His words now live on, forever etched in the sidewalk and in the hearts of modern patriots. He said:

“The fate of unborn millions will now depend on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.”

Reading those words and trying to picture Washington’s army looking at the enemy soldiers coming in the Hudson River, I felt an appreciation for the “courage and conduct” of those men—men whom I will never know. I realized just how prophetic the future President’s words proved to be. Did his army have any way of knowing that he was right? Here I stood, 239 years later, as one of the “unborn millions” whose fate he secured. I am grateful for the men and women who have defended my freedom over the years, but freedom would not be there to defend were it not for Washington and his army at the Brooklyn shore in 1776.

I may never do anything nearly as heroic as that army did, but the choices I make today can affect unborn millions, for the better or worse. Choices that seem small today can have incredible consequences down the road, shaping the course for future generations. We must resolve to conquer the task at hand; win the battle every day to make the proper decision, stand for what is right, defend those in need, and stand tall even in the face of ridicule. Taking the easy way out may have devastating consequences for unborn millions.

Today I resolve to conquer or die. I hope you’ll stand with me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two Book Signings

Yes, Tommy Mann Ministries is closing down.

But as I said in the last post, I will continue to write and sell books, just not on a non-profit basis. So I want to let you know about two book signings in December to help launch the release of Asleep in Heaven's Nursery for Kids.

The first is at Coffee Underground in Greenville on December 5th, from 1:00-3:00 PM. They are located at 1 East Coffee Street, 29601.

The second is at The Stomping Grounds in Greer on December 19th, from 10:00-noon. They are located at 208 Trade Street, 29651.

Both of these events are at coffee shops. I would love to see you out there if you can make it. You can get a gourmet cup of coffee, eat lunch, or get dessert. It is also a great place to get a signed copy of my first children's book.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tommy Mann Ministries is Closing Down

As you probably know by now, I am running for the House of Representatives in my South Carolina district (#42). This is bringing many new exciting challenges, and some major changes.

One of those changes, I am sad to say, is that Tommy Mann Ministries will close down in two weeks. I will continue to write books, but I will be giving up the not-for-profit status. Part of running for office means I will be filing quarterly reports on campaign contributions, in addition to reporting personal income. There are many i's to dot and t's to cross, and running a not-for-profit will be more than I can keep up with.

I never imagined in 2009 when this ministry launched that we would be here today--7 books, and thousands of dollars in charitable gifts, mostly to prisons and pregnancy centers. None of it would be possible without people like you who have supported this ministry. THANK YOU! This has been a dream come true for me.

If you are still interested in helping, we would appreciate a gift to the campaign, which you can make here. At this point all donations are being used for yard signs and bumper stickers.

I have also decided not to use my personal Facebook page to talk politics, so if you have not yet signed up for the campaign newsletter, you can do so here. This newsletter will provide info on appearances and other campaign news.

Finally, don't forget that Asleep in Heaven's Nursery for Kids is available on our website for a few more weeks (it will be in bookstores on November 28th).  

Thank you again, may God bless you, and may you obey all the law.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Asleep in Heaven's Nursery for Kids

Asleep in Heaven's Nursery for Kids will not be in stores until November 24th, but it is now available for pre-order. You can get it here. Even though it is a pre-order, all sales will ship this week, and shipping is FREE. 

Asleep for Kids is a beautifully-illustrated poem as told by a five year old girl who is finding out that her mother is no longer pregnant. She comes to realize her little brother is asleep in heaven's nursery. This book is the perfect tool to use when having to explain child loss to young children.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Answering God's Call and Kim Davis

This past Sunday our Bible study classes at Philippi began using Answering God’s Call for the Fall curriculum. I began writing this about a year ago, long before we knew who Kim Davis was, but I believe it was timely. This goes to show that we are not jumping on the Kim Davis bandwagon, but instead are trying to simply live out our faith the way the Bible instructs. Here is page 11 from the book:

We need to obey the rules. Romans 13:1 teaches believers to “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” It is hard to imagine how God could allow people like this Pharaoh to rise to power, but He is sovereign and nothing happens without God either authoring or allowing it.

But even though we are supposed to obey the rulers placed as authorities in our lives, sometimes those leaders will command us to do something that is in opposition to God’s Word. In those cases we are to obey God instead of man.

In Acts 5 the apostles were instructed by the high priest to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, and in verse 29 Peter said, “We must obey God rather than man.”

The way things are going in this country it may one day be illegal to attend church, read the Bible, or, like with the apostles, preach in the name of Jesus. It may soon become against the law to call homosexuality a sin. What are Christians supposed to do in those cases?

We must obey God rather than man.

This doesn’t mean that we should be pushy, arrogant, or obnoxious, but we must not cower and cave; we need to determine now that if there is a conflict between man’s law and God’s law, we will obey God.

Believers today may feel their temperature rise as they engage in a conversation about Kim Davis, the Bible, or religious freedom today. We should not cower, but neither should we be pushy, obnoxious, or arrogant. While we disagree, remember to do so in love, for we never want to win the argument and lose the person.