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Saturday Selections – November 14, 2020

Flash mob singing Handel’s Messiah (5-min)

We’re going back ten years to one of the first flash mob performances, with a chorus of 100 surprising Christmas shoppers with the Hallelujah Chorus.

Tim Keller, John Piper, & Donald Trump (10-minute read)

With the voting done (even if the counting isn’t) this isn’t so much about Donald Trump as it is about Tim Keller, social justice, and conservative churches’ theological drift. The representative paragraph below is on one way the world suppresses truth (Romans 1:18-23): by pretending simple things are complicated.

“When my eldest son, Michael, was a student at Yale Law School a few years ago, he says that Yale inculcated a specific progressive strategy for the deconstruction of otherwise simple moral issues like, say, abortion or the oxymoronic notion of “gay marriage.” They even had a term for it: “complexify.” In other words, obscure the issue at hand with data, highly selective science, and emotion to such a degree that your opponent no longer feels competent to adjudicate the issue.”

A year of living safely

Andy Wilson reviews a book being much discussed, The Price of Panic, about the mostly uncounted costs – in money and lives – that resulted, not from COVID, but from governmental responses to it.

What about when the life of the mother is in danger? 

Being pro-life doesn’t mean valuing babies’ lives over mothers’ lives. It means recognizing that there are two people.

The unscientific roots of conversion therapy bans

“There are many and varied reasons why same-sex attracted people want to move away from homosexuality. There is evidence that they can do so, often incurring significant benefits with no serious evidence of harm.”

Jeff Durbin confronts the Woke Church

Jeff Durbin wants to wake up the Woke Church. And in this clip he uses strong language to confront them…but it is language that reflects and mirrors language that the Bible itself uses in a similar fashion, for a similar purpose. It is language that might confront churches, and members, that while not Woke, are starting to drift with the cultural current. This, then, will be a slap to the face, and a call to start fighting, to God’s glory.

The clip below is just 6 minutes, but you can see the full presentation on what Durbin calls “Van Tillian kill shots” by clicking on the title above.


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