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Saturday Selections – Feb. 24, 2024

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Shane & Shane with “You’ve already won” (7 min)

Love this one – this is why we can take on that scary world out there without fear. Repetitive near the end, but it’s a point we’d benefit from hearing on repeat.

Court recognizes frozen IVF embryos as children

The IVF “industry” has frozen hundreds of thousands of embryonic children and killed hundreds of thousands, and perhaps millions, more. So we can be thankful for a ruling this past week that had the University of Alabama hit the pause button on their IVF treatments.

“Alabama’s IVF industry may be forced to make radical changes in its practices. The sole dissenting justice said as much in his opinion: ‘the main opinion’s holding almost certainly ends the creation of frozen embryos through in vitro fertilization (‘IVF’) in Alabama.'”

The case for phone-free schools (10-minute read)

“…Students around the world became less likely to agree with items such as ‘I feel like I belong at school,’ and more likely to agree with items such as ‘I feel lonely at school.’ That’s roughly when teens went from mostly using flip phones to mostly using smartphones. It’s also when Instagram caught fire with girls and young women globally, following its acquisition by Facebook. If we must pick a date for the start of selfie culture and its poisonous levels of visual social comparison, I’d say it’s 2012.”

Big Tech and the role of families and government

When social media companies do damage to teens and won’t self-police, is it time for even the strongest small-government proponents to look to the State to intervene? John Stonestreet makes the case.

Farewell to a pro-life hero

John Barros wore dents in the sidewalk of the abortion clinic he witnessed in front of. He saw horrors. But he also saved babies. As he told his fellow demonstrators “Isn’t it amazing what God will do if you just show up?”

When tree rings go bad

When you hold the marvel of a smartphone in your hand, or consider the complexities that were conquered to put a man on the moon, you might think much of Science and what scientists have been able to do. But there is a difference between that kind of repeatedly and immediately testable science and the very different and much more uncertain historical science that’s being used to promote everything from the theory of evolution to the theory of cataclysmic global warming.

There we are dealing with could-haves and maybes, but in adherents’ arrogance these findings are too often delivered as discoveries and facts. And now it seems too-certain-by-half might be a thing with tree ring findings too, as John Robson details below.

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"Be Fruitful and Multiply" tour comes to Albertan April 19-22

Families are having fewer babies, and the world’s population is expected to peak and then decline later this century. The world isn’t prepared for the impact that this is going to have. However, what may be the greatest challenge of this century can also be a huge opportunity for the Church to shine…. if we embrace the blessing of children, and are prepared to raise them faithfully.

In this presentation, Reformed Perspective’s Mark Penninga will unpack data, history, and God’s Word to make the case for embracing the gift of children with open arms.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Ages 16-116, single or married, children or no children, these presentations are suitable for all mature Christians.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Edmonton: April 19 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church

Barhead: April 20 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Ponoka: April 22 at 7:30 pm at Parkland Reformed Church

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Saturday Selections – Feb. 17, 2024

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