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Saturday Selections – March 20, 2021

Gospel patrons: equipping others to spread God’s name (7 minutes)

Is being a minister or missionary the only way to do God’s work? We know it’s not, and what this short film shows is the vital role God calls businessmen to.  Businessmen provide for their own families and also create jobs for others. It is also through their efforts as “gospel patrons” that the other “missions” type work can even be done. Businessman Peter Thomas notes, “If you have a business that makes a profit, that’s a special thing. That’s very useful in God’s kingdom.”

If evolution is true, how can Pepé Le Pew be bad?

The Loony Tunes skunk Pepé Le Pew is getting criticized for perpetuating “rape culture” and the general conservative response has been to see this as one more example of “cancel culture.” But Gary DeMar gets to the heart of it, asking how can a culture that says we’re all animals – all just products of evolution – even object to rape? Ain’t that what animals do?

Pointing out the world’s contradictory thinking is a helpful activity – it is tearing down idols and false arguments (2 Cor. 10:5) – but in our age of tweets and other brief social media posts, there can be a tendency to leave things only half said. So tear down lies, point out hypocrisy and contradiction, but then follow through and point your listeners – your social media followers – to God and the Truth He has to say.

Evangelism starts with being able to really talk with people

Some folks are natural conversationalists, always knowing just the right questions to ask. The rest of us can use some help, and this article has just what we’re looking for!

Pornography: you don’t beat something with nothing

“Naked flesh can’t hold a candle to beauty and curiosity and good music and danger and games and reading and fruitful work you get to sit back and gaze on with pride when you worked hard, you did it well, and you’re finished. The point is, saying ‘no’ to your children’s sin is necessary, but sort of pathetic. Why not enlist them in the joys and beauties and comedies of life, pushing it all on them so hard that they can’t help themselves as they laugh and sing and wonder at it all? Which gets back to the same thing we quoted from God’s Word yesterday: ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Rom. 12:21). Yes, it takes a lot of energy to stop being a lazy dog; and even more energy not to raise a son to be as much of a lazy dog as you are. But souls are at stake.”

Why sperm donations should be banned 

It’s recently come out that an infertility doctor used his own sperm to father hundreds of children. His patients are outraged. But as John Stonestreet notes, the outrage should actually be that “Sperm donation intentionally creates fatherless children, treating both men and children as products to serve adult happiness.” This isn’t how God intended, and the harm that comes is predictable and inevitable, which is why sperm donations should be banned.

Are bigger people worth more? (1 minute)

Our worth comes, not from what we can do, where we are, or how big we are, but from being made in the very Image of God (Gen. 9:6).

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Saturday Selections - March 13, 2021

Our weird and wonderful brain (4 min) This is what Paul means when he says in Romans 1:20, that God's power and divinity are clearly perceivable in the things that God has made. You don't have to understand everything being said here to be awed by what God has done inside our brains. Christian adoption agency now serving gay couples Bethany's capitulation to cultural pressures is sad. But with 20% of gay couples looking to adopt and only 3% of Christian couples doing so, is one takeaway that the Church must do more for orphans? Are lockdowns one of the most catastrophic policy errors of the century? In many countries, there has been a systematic and mandatory paralysis of worship, schooling, work, leisure, mobility, and hospitality. And of the churches that are now worshipping in person, attendance is down. Water, water, everywhere! Lots to celebrate in this story of how Christians brought water to every village in Liberia! Why just two? What's coming next in the sexual revolution... God designed and defined marriage, and we know His way is best. So it's no wonder then that "children living with a mother and her boyfriend are eleven times more likely to be sexually, physically, or emotionally abused than children living with their married, biological parents." But as REAL Women explain, the push for legal recognition of polyamory is already happening... Cosmic child abuse? (17 minutes) An accusation sometimes leveled against God is that the atonement is an example of "cosmic child abuse" - the Father monstrously taking out his anger on his innocent Son. This excerpt from the excellent documentary American Gospel: Christ Crucified, answers this objection by showing that this isn't simply a child having punishment inflicted on it, but Jesus freely taking this one. And this isn't God inflicting this punishment on someone else, but in Jesus, taking it on Himself. It's worth noting that this "cosmic child abuse" accusation does have application to Jehovah's Witness theology (and maybe Mormons too?) that sees, not eternal God, but a created being taking on other created beings' punishment. You can find out how to rent and stream American Gospel: Christ Crucified here. ...