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Saturday Selections – December 7, 2019

FREE E-BOOK: Why sex is the best argument for creation

The folks behind the fantastic documentary Is Genesis History have created a short 115-page e-book with ten of their most popular essays, including the title essay. You can download the pdf for free here, the Mobi (Kindle) version here, and the Epub version here.

Should we use “preferred pronouns”? (10-minute read)

J.D. Greear, a prominent US pastor, recently told listeners that he will use a transgender person’s “preferred pronouns” out of a “generosity of spirit” – i.e. Greear will call a guy a she, if that’s what the guy asks Greear to do. Now, there is some nuance to be had in this but also a clear line that shouldn’t be crossed. The clear line? We should not lie, even if people ask us to, so we cannot refer to men as women. The nuance? If we meet a transgender fellow, our opening line doesn’t have to be: “You need to stop wearing dresses.” We can start with “Hi” or “How’s it going?” And if that fellow asks us to call him Sue, we can even do that, because, while it is an odd name for a guy, we can pick our names, even as we can’t pick our gender.

This Rod Dreher article is fantastic in that it includes a lot of other’s thoughts as well.

How I make a sermon (3-minute read)

Dr. Bredenhof gives us a peek behind the curtain to see what’s involved when he crafts his sermon.

No Canadian Anglicans by 2040? And no United Church either? (10-minute read)

This article, by a veteran religion reporter, collects a few other articles to explore whether mainline denominations in Canada and the US might be gone by 2040. And while this is far from certain, this isn’t simply hype from some journalist trying to get click-thrus – we’re hearing this straight from the horses’s mouth:

“A ‘wake-up call.’ That’s what Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, called a new report showing there may be no members left in the mainline Canadian denomination in 20 years.”

Praying backwards (2-minute read)

We’ll often conclude our prayers with the words “…but Your will be done.” What if we began our prayers that way, putting God’s desires first?

Your eyes are AMAZING!!! (9 minutes)

The funnest bit starts just after the 4-minute mark when Dr. Wells spells out an evolutionary critique of the design of the eye. But what evolutionists present as an example of bad design (and therefore as proof of unguided, undesigned evolution) is actually an example of genius. Or, rather, Genius.

 


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