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Saturday Selections – Sept 14, 2019

The lie of realism (10 minutes)

“The reason I write fantasy novels is because I am a realist.” – Nate Wilson explaining how God’s Creation is magical, and anything that depicts it as otherwise simply isn’t realistic. The talk below is the 10-minute version, but you can click above for a 53-minute version.

Teens Who Hold Off On Dating Have Better Social Skills, Less Depressed

One study is just one study, but this is an interesting result. Why might non-dating teens have less depression and better social and leadership skills? We can only speculate (that article doesn’t get into it), but can do so as Reformed folks might. So we can note, as Calvin did, that the human heart is an idol-factory, and we may be able to recall how, in those teen years, we or others made having a boyfriend or girlfriend an idol of sorts. When our prom date becomes our god, we’re sure to be let down. And it’s no wonder, then, that we might not be as happy as teens who aren’t worshipping false gods.

The curse of a godly wife

“I have seen him far too often. He is the man who rarely takes the lead in his home. He is the man who almost never calls the family together for devotions. He is the man who feels dumb when asking his wife if he can pray for her, or when asking if she would like to sit and read the Bible with him. He is the one who seems almost afraid of being godly.

“Why is he like this? In many cases it is because his wife is godlier—godlier than he is. She may have been a Christian for longer. She may have a deeper knowledge of the Bible. She may have read more books and listened to more sermons. She may be the one who loves to study the Bible and whose heart goes pitter-pat when she adds a new term to her theological lexicon. And when he compares himself to her, he feels inadequate.”

4 Catastrophic Climate Predictions that Never Came True

One way to spot a bad prophet is if what he speaks doesn’t come true (Deut 18:22). Therein lies a general principle that can be drawn to predictors of all sorts – if what they predict doesn’t come true, then we have good reason to doubt their next prediction. This article looks at the track record of Catastrophic Climate Predictions, and how doomsday warnings of the past have led to millions of deaths via abortions.

Why blue collar work is glorious

Gage Arnold speaks to how garbage men can be more vital than politicians, and looks at Lean manufacturing through a Christian lens.

Life in 6 words: the Gospel (5 minutes)

Rap artist Propaganda uses a six-letter acrostic to present the Gospel truth.


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