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Saturday Selections – January 4, 2020

A Mighty Fortress is our God (8 minutes)

This is a pretty amazing performance of Martin Luther’s most famous hymn.

Gender identity and the infamous John/Joan case revisited

In 1967, a botched circumcision left a baby boy without his penis, and his parents were told to raise him as a girl. John, afterward called Joan, was hailed as proof that it’s how we’re raised, and not how we’re made, that determines our “gender identity.”

But in this column (from a 1997 issue of Rolling Stone magazine…so, not a Christian perspective) it makes clear that was not at all so.

The Netherlands to stop using Holland “nickname” in its tourism materials

“The Dutch government has announced it will stop using the moniker Holland in favour of its official name the Netherlands.”

Free commentary on John 1-12

While I’m not familiar with author Josh Moody, the publisher, The Good Book, is broadly Reformed, publishing John Piper, Albert Mohler, and Sinclair Ferguson. That has me thinking this could be a good one, though I’ve only just started reading it. They will ask for your email address, but you can easily unsubscribe from their updates.

How to approach new medical research (26-minute podcast)

How should Christians approach and evaluate new medical research? Dr. Dan Gannon offers insights based on his experiences with the pharmaceutical industry and his biblical understanding of human nature. This is a real eye-opener into how research overall, is done. Anyone interested in how bias impacts medical research, and even the scientific studies we read about in the media, should check this one out.

Ark of Noah virtual reality tour (5 minutes)

A few years ago Dutch carpenter, Johan Huiber, completed a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark. A virtual reality tour of the ark can be viewed below which allows you to move the screen around a full 360 degrees. So don’t just hit play – use your mouse or, on a tablet, your finger, to explore up above, down below and all around.

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