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Saturday Selections – June 22, 2024

What’s wrong with marijuana

This is the practical case against marijuana. For the Christian case, check out “Is recreational marijuana sinful?“.

Mothers’ milk is amazing

If you believe in evolution, you have to credit everything to the interaction of time and chance. That includes something you may never have considered before: the origin of mothers’ milk.

We know God designed moms to be specially able to care for their babies this way, so Christians shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the closer we look at mothers’ milk, the more amazing we find it to be. But if you think it evolved from “a glandular skin secretion in synapsids” then you might think that the human-designed substitutes available on store shelves would be the superior product. You might think that; it’d be a logical conclusion based on evolutionary presuppositions. But it ain’t so.

If Satan was a marriage counselor…

…he’d sound a lot like a newspaper advice column.

Your family needs you (and you need them)

My kids make me happy, but when they don’t, can I abandon them? And what of my parents? If they become a burden or trouble to me, isn’t that a reason to cut such “toxic people” out of my life?

That’s what the world would tell you. But as John Stonestreet explains (in this older piece), God says something very different.

Baptists come out against IVF

At their annual meetings last week, the US’s largest protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, passed a resolution formally opposing the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the majority voted for the resolution, many of the delegates opposed it, and spoke to how they believed IVF was a pro-life procedure, since it created life.

But as IVF is practiced, it leads to the creation of “excess” embryos – “excess” children – that will either be destroyed (ie. killed) or frozen, which treats the child as a thing, not a human being. Some of these frozen children will then be given away via “snowflake adoptions” where the embryo is implanted in the adoptive mother’s womb. But while the couples doing the adopting are rescuing these frozen children, it is still wrong for the biological parents to have engaged in a procedure that would leave them with “excess” children. Adoption is a rescue, but parents should never deliberately create a situation in which their children would need to be rescued.

Homosexuals & some professing Christians redefine “love”

It’s been said that the opposition shares our vocabulary, but not our dictionary – they define words like marriage, hate, gender, tolerance, pride, and love very differently from how God defines them.

With Pride Month in full swing, Christians need to be able to share that it isn’t love to celebrate what God hates for the very same reason it isn’t love to affirm anorexia – we wouldn’t be doing the person any good to affirm as right the wrong they are struggling with. It’s for their sake and for their good that we don’t want to encourage their rebellious lifestyle.

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Saturday Selections – June 15, 2024

Dr. Matthew Wielicki: I refused to stay silent about climate change (8 min) One silver lining to the COVID-related censorship that happened on social media was that everyone got to see it. Mention the "lab-leak" theory and your post would be banned or have a warning label assigned to it... no matter that the case for the theory was always obvious. This "shut up the critics" tactic has long been employed in origins research too – 6-day creationists and even Intelligent Design proponents were excluded from publishing in the mainstream science journals, no matter how high the quality of their research. It shouldn't surprise us to learn that this same sort of censorship and pressure is being exerted on the climate front. As Dr. Matthew Wielicki shares, "This isn't about truth. This is about silencing people who disagree with you..." Hopeful amillennialism How is God going to bring this broken world to an end? That's a much-debated topic in Reformed circles, but maybe not all that hotly, simply because we don't think it a "salvific" issue. That's why we can more easily leave it as a matter where we might be a bit muddled. That said, one thing is clear: if you are a pessimistic amillennial, you need to repent. 3 core beliefs of the transgender movement It's no coincidence that these three beliefs run almost exactly opposite to what God has said.  As Samuel Ferguson explains, the transgender movement affirms that: My identity is self-determined My feelings, not my body, determine my gender We find wholeness through external, not internal, change Transgenderism isn't primarily an attack on logic, but rather a specific assault on God's Truth. Any godless argument against transgenderism is, then, going to be akin to standing up for your favorite athlete when the guy you're talking to has just spent the last fifteen minutes talking about your mom's weight. You're not addressing the real fight! This is a spiritual battle, and God's people need to defend Who is really being attacked. We need to give the world what it really needs to hear: that God has assigned us our gender, and given us an identity, and we can mar and mutilate, or receive and celebrate, what He has given us. Beating bullies with a compliment Kids will often have fun at another child's expense by insulting them – one child can feel big by making another feel small. Sometimes teachers will have to be involved. But as Prov. 15:1 notes, "a gentle answer turns away wrath..."  and what's proposed in this article is a version of that: try giving the bully a sincere compliment. What are they teaching kids about sex in public schools? This is a US article, but there's no reason to think it any different in Canada – mention of "alternative lifestyles" is going to be affirming. How eating out keeps you poor (7 min) Even if you don't eat out nearly as often as these people, this will still be "food" for thought for most of us. ...