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Saturday Selections – July 25, 2020

Don’t agree with me? I know why!
It must be because you want people to die! 

When the economy was shuttered it was presented as being about lives vs. money, and anyone who had a problem with the closure must have wanted people to die.

Or maybe there was more to it. What follows is a humorous appeal for everyone to tone it down and use reasons rather than empty rhetoric.

The Left continues to eat its own

The bisexual, pro-choice Bari Weiss, and homosexual Andrew Sullivan (one of the most vocal voices in favor of gay “marriage”) both recently felt the need to resign from the Left-leaning New York Times. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood – the world’s largest abortion network – is scrubbing the name of its founder, Margaret Sanger from their New York clinic. It’s shades of 2 Chronicles 20.

Defund the police? I do not think that word means what you think it means

The battle in our culture is in some ways a battle over the dictionary, and what words actually mean. As Calgary’s Chief Constable Mark Neufeld recently noted, “everyone has a different idea of what defunding police means. ‘For some, this is about diverting money, for some this is about dismantling police and for others, it’s about disarming police…'”

Counting the cost of COVID

ARPA Canada’s Levi Minderhoud has written a thought-provoking series on the Canadian government’s response to COVID-19. You can find the four parts here:

  1. A Christian introduction
  2. Comparing to past crises
  3. Evaluating Canada’s current deficit
  4. Forecasting our financial future

John MacArthur on defying church closure requirements, and Keith Mathison on submitting to mask-wearing mandates 

When do we submit to the government, and when do we have to defy it? To find out we need to go to the Bible, and that’s what these two Reformed leaders do. While on first read they might seem to be totally opposing each other, it’s important to understand they are talking about two different situations: church closures and the wearing of masks.

Environmentalist: Sorry for the hysteria! (10-minute read)

Michael Shellenberger was named one of TIME magazine’s 2008 “Heroes of the Environment,” and is now issuing an apology on behalf of environmentalists as a whole, for their tendency to hype the dangers of climate change.

He’s not Christian and a logical question to ask is, why should we believe this environmentalist over the ones prophesying doom and gloom? He’s more credible because his perspective gets one thing right that the other environmentalists regularly don’t: he is measuring proposals first and foremost for what they would do for people. He recognizes that Man is special, and that has him evaluating how best to preserve the environment in a very different way than those who view Man as being a curse on the planet.

Should we bake the cake?

An Ontario videographer is in trouble for being unwilling to video a same-sex “marriage.” Why she declined is unclear, but, from a Christian perspective, are there good reasons to decline to participate in a gay “marriage”? Yes, as the video below notes (one warning: there are a couple of brief visual depictions of Jesus). John Piper also weighs in here.


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