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Saturday Selections – November 16, 2019

How do starlings flock in murmurations? (4 minutes)

These living clouds are jaw-droppingly astonishing. God is awesome!

Rosaria Butterfield on “gay Christianity” (25-minute podcast)

This past summer Abounding Grace Radio interviewed Rosaria Butterfield about her life story – from unbelieving homosexual advocate to Reformed Christian writer – but also on the issue of whether one can identify as a “gay Christian.” The interview was wonderful but only caused a stir when, this past week, a pastor tweeted out a couple of sentences from it.

“Gay Christianity is a different religion. I’m not standing in the same forest with Greg Johnson and Wes Hill and Nate Collins looking at different angles of the trees, I’m in a different forest altogether.”

This quote was Rosaria calling out a number of Christians who, on the one hand, say that homosexual sex is sin, but who, on the other hand, are promoting the idea that one can be a “gay Christian.” This is a somewhat subtle error, but the problem is more obvious when we try the same approach with other temptations. Should someone identify as an “angry Christian” or “adulterous Christian”? Clearly not – a Christian shouldn’t identify with their anger or wandering eye. This podcast is an important one, spelling out a current controversy happening even in conservative Churches over how we should fight homosexual temptation.

Keith Getty: The modern worship movement is “utterly dangerous”

“Over 75 percent of what are called the great hymns of the faith talk about eternity, Heaven, Hell, and the fact that we have peace with God. Yet, less than 5 percent of modern worship songs talk about eternity.”

Biblical Edom unearthed

Secular archeologists treat the Bible as just another ancient book. But the Bible isn’t just another ancient book – this is real history – leaving archeologists repeatedly surprised when findings verify aspects of the biblical account.

How to make your Gillette Mach 3 (or any other expensive) razor last 6 months

Gary North shows how some olive oil and an old pair of jeans can save you a lot of money in replacement razor blades.

A helpful tip for family Bible reading (2 minutes)

Dr. Calvin Beisner speaks of why he would read passages of the Bible with his family even when he didn’t feel fully capable of explaining them to his children: it was because he was convinced that God uses His Word. Parents will fall short (which isn’t to say we shouldn’t study) but we can trust God will act through His Word.


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