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Saturday Selections – July 18, 2010

Andrew Peterson’s Is He Worthy (5 minutes)

When the words and music are perfectly paired…

Learn how to defend the unborn (15-minute read)

Apologist Greg Koukl shows us how to get the abortion debate down to just one question: What is the unborn? This is an incredibly valuable article that’ll equip you to speak up for the unborn.

One other question should also be asked: Where does our worth come from? While the biblical answer can be found in places like Gen. 1:26-27 and Gen. 9:6, the world doesn’t have an adequate answer.

Tim Bayly (and John Piper) on calling sodomy by any other name…

With there now being a movement of Christians self-describing themselves as gay (though celibate) it is worth questioning the particular word choice of gay vs. sodomite. We don’t use the latter because it seems overly harsh. But when we use the former it leads to people naming and claiming it as integral to their identity. In this article Pastor Tim Bayly explains why he started using the term sodomy.

“The word sodomy …still carries the stigma of shamefulness. Those who love people with same-sex attraction should want to preserve the stigma of shameful practices which destroy them — just as we should try to preserve the stigma of stealing and perjury and kidnapping, and fornication, and adultery. It is a gracious thing when a culture puts signs in front of destructive behaviors that read: Don’t go there; it is shameful.”

Best example of evolution happening is evolution in a death spiral (10-min read)

If you ask for the very best evidence of evolution in action today, the example that’s most likely to be raised is Richard Lenski’s decades-long experiment with E. coli in which the bacterium was said to have evolved a new ability. But as Michael Behe explains, this example of evolution doesn’t start to explain how gains in complexity could occur, as this new function was accompanied by a general loss of fitness.

Sexual difficulties in marriage (15-minute read)

“What did God create sex for? ….Many couples say, ‘Okay, sex is not with someone of your same gender: Check. Sex is not with someone who is not your spouse: Check. Sex is not pornography: Check. Okay, I seem to have gotten all this right, so why is this so hard? Why do we continue to struggle? Why does this continue to be a significant place of tension in our relationship?’”

This is written specifically to biblical counselors, but the insights are useful to all.

The astonishing walking, self-planting seed (5 minutes)

That we can orate, salivate, masticate, matriculate and replicate is a wonder that we really understate.

But when a plant can ambulate? Then, once again, we recognize the hand of the Ultimate!


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