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Saturday Selections – June 8, 2019

Dude Perfect’s does more than bottle flips

If you and your family don’t already know about Dude Perfect, these guys provide some good clean and free fun with their creative videos.

FREE COMMENTARY ON JAMES

We haven’t read this commentary, but others in this commentary series have been well worth recommending. The ebook of Sam Allberry’s James For You is free all June (but you do have to give them your email address).

The theological legacy of Rachel Held Evans

The popular blogger made it easier for people to express their doubts. But she didn’t help them find answers.

How to talk to your children about climate change

This article highlights two important points we need to pass on to our children: wishing doesn’t make it so, and the government does not have God-like expertise. Young people calling on the government to fix things need to understand that even the US’s best-known proponent for government-directed environmental intervention, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, doesn’t know what sort of change is needed, or possible, or at what costs.

Eve was just like Adam, except completely different

This is a fun short piece on the meaning of the Hebrew word kenegdo, translated as “suitable” in Genesis 2:18–21, but which more literally means “like” and “opposite.” So, when this passage speaks of Eve as a “suitable” partner for Adam, we can understand it as saying she’s a “similar” but “opposite” partner for him. And isn’t that a great description of what spouses are in a good marriage: like-minded, yet completely different?

Rent control is a feel-good policy that does bad (5 min)

Christians will sometimes support rent control – the government legislating whether and how much rents can increase – thinking that it is a compassionate way to provide affordable housing for poor people. But rent control means that the government wrests control of these rental properties from their owners and decides for them what they are worth. If that’s not what we’d like the government to do with our own property (our house, our car, our business, etc.), then, as Jesus instructs in Luke 6:31, we shouldn’t ask the government to do that to others.

And what this video shows is that “compassion” like this actually hurts the poor. That brings to mind another lesser known passage: “…but the mercy of the wicked is cruel” (Proverbs 12:10b) – politicians may continue to back it, even understanding the harm it does, because it makes them seem compassionate.


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