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Saturday Selections – August 22, 2020

Stirring up trouble on behalf of the unborn (20 seconds)

This week a pro-life group flew a “Black Lives Matter” banner over the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention showing a giant picture of an aborted black fetus. A spokesman explained that sharing “victim photography” has long been a way of fighting evil and, since newspapers and other media won’t allow them to share the graphic image, this group took to the skies.

Two takes on masks and whether Christians need to wear them

Both articles are intense, gracious, and biblically-grounded. In the first ARPA Canada’s André Schutten answers a dozen mask-related questions, tackling topics like sphere sovereignty, Romans 13, and a Christian way of disagreeing with the government.

In the second, one Reformed pastor and elder, Joseph Bayly and Brian Bailey, address the anti-mask arguments by another Reformed pastor, Douglas Wilson. This one is a little like coming in halfways on a conversation so at the start it is a bit hard to figure out what’s going on. But the insight offered is worth the effort required.

Socialism is force

“’Why not socialism?’ It’s force, pure and simple. If it were voluntary, it wouldn’t be socialism. It would be capitalism.”

On the art of dying well

One of the ways Christians can be a light to the world is by dying differently. While the world hopes for a quick death, our goal can be a holy death.

Our kids seem less safe but appearances are deceiving…

Our children are a blessing from the Lord, and so we treat them as such. But there is a reason for moderation, even in protecting them. Bubble-wrapping them before they head out the door brings with its own harms: that we will raise fearful children who jump at every noise, shy away from every shadow, and are so risk-averse that they don’t dare ask out that special girl, or start that company, or apply for that position…or venture out of the house at all. While this article is from a time before COVID, what it highlights – that our parental fears may not be a proportionate match with reality – is particularly relevant right now.

Captain Literally

When people misuse the word “literally” this superhero is here to save the day! And if you liked Captain Literally, you may also appreciate Captain Irony and the whole Grammar League.


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