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Saturday Selections – October 8, 2022

Three biblical questions for fans of The Chosen

Todd Friel has “three potent reasons to consider before you watch” this super popular Christian TV series.

From silence to complexification to capitulation

Kevin DeYoung notes that when orthodox Christian leaders and organizations capitulate on issues like sexuality or abortion, it’s rarely a surprise, as there “a series of familiar steps” that preceded their turning away. First, there is silence – they stop talking about the sin. Then when they do talk about it, it is only to speak about how very complicated the issue is. Read DeYoung’s piece by clicking above or you can listen to DeYoung read his column here.

An open letter to those nearing retirement

“For years I have given my retiring patients two simple rules for retiring well: Wake up every morning knowing what you are going to do that day. Go to bed every night knowing that someone else was helped.”

Trust the science?

Creationists know better than most that a scientist’s ideology can blind their intellect. But a recent editorial in Science is making it easy for all – creationist and non – to recognize just how many of the “facts” are merely politically-motivated interpretations.

Download a free “Parent’s Guide to Smartphones”

Axis is a Christian organization equipping parents to understand technology and other issues that kids may know more about than their parents – Tik Tok, influencers, etc. They offer short “guides” of less than 20 pages and sell them for a low price. And every now and again they offer some for free. You can download their 17-page smartphone guide by clicking the link above.

On “virtual” preaching and a virtual church

After COVID lockdowns made livestream church services common, a related question has come up. When a pastor is on vacation, or a church is vacant, might they play a recorded video sermon rather than have one of their elders read a sermon? In the article linked above, Dr. Wes Bredenhof expresses his concerns, and specifically how in our current culture having a “virtual pastor” might lead some to wonder why they can’t just be a “virtual congregation.”

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