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Saturday Selections – July 27, 2019

Seal bearing name that appears in the Bible was discovered (3 min)

It’s tiny, but it’s big – this recent archeological find is a seal is from the same time period as its namesake and includes a title that would likely match as well.

How Matthew Vines turned “you will know them by their fruits” into a justification for homosexuality 

When Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian came out in 2014, it didn’t seem all that significant – the arguments weren’t too different from any liberal Christian text: we need to radically revise what the Church has always agreed on, in this case, homosexuality. But the book has had a big impact in evangelical circles – in circles where folks say they take the Bible as authoritative – convincing many to completely flip their position. So it’s worth looking at one of the key arguments in the book, where Vines appeals to what Jesus said in Matt. 7:15-20 about trees bearing bad and good fruit.

How kids change dad

Science is discovering that after a man has children, his body and brain changes in very different ways than his wife’s, which underscores how God really did make us male and female (Gen. 1:27). So, “as Ryan Anderson is fond of saying, there is no such thing as ‘parenting.’ There’s only mothering and fathering.”

Defy culture: invite them to your wedding

Have you thought about how many of your non-Christian friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives you can invite to your wedding? Weddings are an opportunity to glorify God and evangelize by reflecting the coming marriage feast.

Why it’s important to read to our kids

Reading with your children regularly sets up an opportunity for cuddling and, equally important, conversations.

Chemist’s challenge: “Show Me the Chemistry” of the origins of life. “It’s Not There.” (50 min)

How did life first come to be? The impression is often given that Darwin answered this question, but he hardly touched it, only offering that it must have happened somehow in “some warm little pond” that had all the right compounds readily available. But there is no evidence for the spontaneous generation that Darwin’s theory needs to start things off. As James Tours shows in this, brilliant, often hilarious, and frequently complicated (don’t fret if you don’t get it all) lecture, what Darwin thought could happen by chance can’t even be planned by the most brilliant scientists, with the most fantastic equipment. This hour-long lecture isn’t for everyone, but if this is an area of interest, or if you know an arrogant evolutionist or two, then this will be a treat and an encouragement.

Presenter James Tours follows the typical Intelligent Design approach of keeping God out of the conversation, and instead adopts the secularist’s own worldview (“Science is god”) to blow it up (“but your god can’t explain the origin of life”).

The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t take us past the point where we kill their god. Our purpose on Earth isn’t to rob false god’s of their glory, but rather to give glory to the one true God…and we can’t do that if we won’t say His Name. That said, James Tour is very clear where he is coming from, and points listeners to God in an indirect way.


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