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Saturday Selections – Sept 30, 2017

This edition has been brought to you by the number 6: six items, six actions, and six surprises….

God painted ants on fruit fly wings

Some things are just too cool not to share: God has crafted detailed pictures of ants on the tiny wings of a particular fly. Why? Because it is brilliant! Lots of astonishing pictures here.

6 actions to take when grieving the death of a loved one

Thought this is a very short post, it has helpful suggestions summarized from the twice-widowed missionary-wife Elisabeth Elliot.

6 surprises every premarital counselor should cover

Even the apostle Paul speaks of marriage as a mystery. To minimize some of the surprises, this is a good article for engage or newly married couples to read together. And it’s a good reminder for all couples.

More on why euthanasia safeguards can’t work

From the article:

“Safeguards are ineffective to prevent slippery slopes. As British moral philosopher Dame Mary Warnock has put it in another context, ‘you cannot successfully block a slippery slope except by a fixed and invariable obstacle.’ In governing dying and death that obstacle is the rule that we must not intentionally kill another human being.”

The only flaw in this article is that the Christian ethic, serving as the foundation to Margaret Somerville’s argument, is never acknowledged. So we need to take her point as to the weakness of “safeguards” but then be explicit as to the eternal standards we are appealing to. Or, in other words, don’t just tear down the lie, as Somerville does here, but also present the full Truth, as founded on God’s Word and his Law.

How to avoid poverty

Everyone wants to reduce poverty, and in the West, the way to do so is clear. But the in the West, our culture doesn’t want to hear it if it involves doing what God wants. Now this article doesn’t present it quite that way, but the prescription – finish high school, then get a job, then get married, then have kids – lines up nicely with God’s will for marriage, and his commandment Don’t commit adultery.

Around the world, capitalism has helped raise millions out of poverty, but why? Perhaps because at its ideal (ie., not the crony capitalism type) it also lines up with God’s commands not to steal or covet.

On social justice

I’ve only had a chance to dip my toe in this free resource, but this video series looks fascinating, and solidly Christian. It addresses questions like: “What is social justice today?” and, “What sort of social justice should Christians pursue?” (This does require you share your email address with them.)

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