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Saturday Selections – December 14, 2019

Hummingbirds are way cooler than you knew… (3 minutes)

Did you know their tongues aren’t straws so much as skinny unfurling claws? This is freaky cool stuff designed and crafted by our great God!

Was Christ actually born on December 25? (10-minute read)

You may have heard that Dec. 25 was originally a pagan sun-worshipping festival marking the winter solstice, and then the Church co-opted it to celebrate a very different Son. But Dr. William J. Tighe argues that while it is highly unlikely the 25th is actually when Christ was born, the Christmas celebration came before the pagan one – Christmas was the original, and the co-option was actually a pagan attempt to subvert the Christian celebration, not the other way around.

World’s first “detransition” conference (3-minute read)

Feminists organized a conference of medical and health personal, and women who have used surgery and drugs to attempt to become men. The conference included testimony from some of the women about how cutting off their breasts and taking puberty blockers only led to later regrets. And yet even at this conference some expressed more, and others expressed less, regret – confusion remained because no one was pointing attendees to Christ, where they can find their identity as forgiven, as worshippers, and as male and female made in God’s very Image.

Smartphones for the kiddies this Christmas? Weighing the pros and cons (5-minute read)

The subtitle for this one is: “Reasons to wait.”

Reports of the apostrophe’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Few seem to know when it should be “its” versus “it’s.” And that’s why the Apostrophe Protection Society was born.

But science says… (2 minutes)

If you’re older than 40 you’ll remember a time when butter was bad and then good for you, red meat was hazardous and then became a key part of paleolithic diets, and, as Dr. Wells shares below, eggs were good and then bad for you, and then not so bad for you.

Why does this matter? Because we need to understand that, despite acting like their pronouncements are beyond question, scientific experts get things wrong all the time. So, for example, prior to 2012 we were told that 98.5% of the human genome was junk and that this demonstrated the messy haphazard nature of our evolutionary origins. As Richard Dawkins wrote in his 2009 book The Greatest Show on Earth: The evidence for Evolution:

 “it is a remarkable fact that the greater part (95% percent in the case of humans) of the genome might as well be not there for the difference it makes.”

Just a few years later the ENCODE project discovered this “junk DNA” was anything but. It was getting transcribed into RNA, and may have a role in regulating protein production. The “experts” were, once again, wrong.

So when experts dispute the  Bible, we don’t need to be worried – this is the infallible Word of God versus the very fallible word of folks who, time after time, end up with “egg on their face.”

 


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