Did you know a giraffe doesn’t need its neck muscles to hold its neck up, but rather to bend it down? As a ruminant (an animal that chews its cud) the giraffe has to be able to bring food back up its neck to chew again. It also has to have an enormous heart to create enough pressure to get the blood up to its head. And then it has to have shut-off valves of a sort, to relieve the pressure when it bends its head down to drink, otherwise the blood pressure would cause it to blow out its own brain.
The article linked above has more on giraffes’ amazing design, as does the video below, though since it is a giraffe dissection (albeit a bloodless one), it might be a bit much for some kids.
In the not too distant future there will be more grandparents than grandkids, and that’s a problem. This downward population trend is happening in Western atheistic countries and Middle Eastern Muslim ones too. How can it be reversed? Different countries have tried child-care subsidies, education, and immigration, all to no avail.
What they haven’t tried is repentance. Only a nation that turns to God will treasure children as the blessing that God says they are (Ps. 127:3-5, Gen. 1:28, Ps. 128:3) and want more of them. But, of course, how can they know they should repent unless we tell them (Rom. 10:14)?
While we can’t tell anyone else how many kids they should have, the Church is, collectively, following the world’s downward population trend, with smaller families each generation. So we seem to have some repenting to do too.
This American article’s point applies to Canada too (where the Prime Minister arguably has even more power than the US President): a change of government shouldn’t have such a huge impact on our lives, and the only way the impact can be lessened is to have less government.
Our society has been celebrating homosexuality for so long that even Christians may find the idea of legislating against it shocking. Samuel Sey has some thoughts above about Uganda’s controversial law, as does Albert Mohler.
10 years ago if a depressed teen quit social media that’d quite likely help. But as John Stonestreet notes, that’s in part because 10 years ago there were still a lot of teens who weren’t on social media. In other words, if the teen left the pressures of the digital world, there was a real world of teens they could meet and interact with.
But today parents are leery of taking away their teen’s phone because it’s the contact point between them and all their friends. At the same time, we can see these phones are a problem. So what’s a parent to do?
In the New Testament Jesus asked more questions than He gave answers. Was it because He didn’t have answers? Nope. So, perhaps it was because a good question can bring us right to the heart of an issue. Some of His clarifying questions include:
- Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? (Matt 6:27)
- What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life and what can one give in exchange for his life? (Matt 16:26)
Today, a simple question is still effective. We’ve seen how just asking “What is a woman?” can cause conniptions. In the clip below we have someone complaining about privilege. If she has some examples, great, because specific complaints can then be addressed and hopefully fixed. But if they are simply assertions without justifications, then asking her for more information is a great way of exposing her empty rhetoric. Either way, a question gets us moving forward. Other great clarifying questions Christians should ask include: When does life begin? Where does our worth come from? In what sense would you say men and women are equal? (See Genesis 1:27. Gen 9:6).
— Davy Jones (@itsNTBmedia) June 6, 2023