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Saturday Selections – Sept. 9, 2023

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Can AI ever become conscious? (10 min)

As computers become more powerful, will they ever become thinking machines? Folks who say yes only say so because they believe we’re nothing more than computing machines ourselves, and merely the sum of our material parts.

But Christians know that we are more than our matter. If we were to lose an arm, there would then be less of our body, but there wouldn’t be less of us, because we are more than our body. What is that something else? Our spirit. We were made in the very Image of our Maker (Gen. 1:27), and that’s not ever going to be true of machines.

Ottawa’s anti-plastic ban moving into dangerous territory

“…while the previous stages in the war on plastics might have inconvenienced people or wasted their money, this new phase may sicken and kill them.”

Canadian male teacher who wore fake z-cup breasts to school is back

The Toronto shop teacher who made international news last year for wearing enormous fake breasts to class will be back in the classroom this year, though seemingly without the beach-ball-sized prosthetics. When he first showed up at his school in this ridiculous attire, the administration wouldn’t discipline him for the spectacle. This was a man clearly having mental issues, but his public school’s secular worldview wouldn’t allow them to acknowledge the elephants in the room, even when he claimed that his breasts were real. This year, however, he seems to be dressing like the man that he is.

Worthy of note is the manner in which “conservative” media outlets have covered this story. The New York Post and Daily Mail have both been critical of his antics, but have called him a “her” in their articles. Meanwhile, both Fox News and Rebel News have used male pronouns for him (at least in recent articles), even as they have used female pronouns for American Olympian Bruce, now Caitlyn, Jenner. The problem with these organizations is that though they are sometimes conservative, they are not Christian, and so they aren’t grounded on an unshakeable foundation, and thus waver back and forth. We could ask of them, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him…” (1 Kings 18:21).

Does the FBI already have a file on Oliver Anthony? Probably.

This is about an American agency, but more so, simply about a big government that has no boundaries… which we’re familiar with in Canada too.

Parents in Irish town band together to ban their kids from phones until at least 12

This voluntary ban applies not simply to school, but home too…

Empty Canadian graves

A Christian perspective from south of the border…

Jordan Peterson will try to film his “re-education”

The College of Psychologists of Ontario wants Jordan Peterson to undergo “re-education” for statements and tweets he’s made critical of the Canadian PM, as well as of the doctor who cut off actress Ellen Page’s healthy breasts in her futile attempt to become a man. The College said they were ordering the re-education because Peterson’s comments ran the risk of:

“undermining public trust in the profession of psychology, and trust in the College’s ability to regulate the profession in the public interest.”

They are, of course, right that trust in the College is being undermined. Who’d trust a psychological body that insists that when men and women cut off healthy body parts in an attempt to become what they can never be that’s a good mental health practice? We’re going to trust these guys with our difficulties?

We read throughout Proverbs, that the fool likes to air out their own opinions (Prov. 18:2) and blurt out their folly (Prov. 12:23). We can be thankful here for how the College has exposed themselves, for if they’d kept silent, we might have still supposed them wise (Prov. 17:28). But in coming after Peterson for positions that aren’t even controversial to most of the Canadian public, the College has discredited themselves.

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"Be Fruitful and Multiply" tour comes to Albertan April 19-22

Families are having fewer babies, and the world’s population is expected to peak and then decline later this century. The world isn’t prepared for the impact that this is going to have. However, what may be the greatest challenge of this century can also be a huge opportunity for the Church to shine…. if we embrace the blessing of children, and are prepared to raise them faithfully.

In this presentation, Reformed Perspective’s Mark Penninga will unpack data, history, and God’s Word to make the case for embracing the gift of children with open arms.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Ages 16-116, single or married, children or no children, these presentations are suitable for all mature Christians.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Edmonton: April 19 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church

Barhead: April 20 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Ponoka: April 22 at 7:30 pm at Parkland Reformed Church

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Saturday Selections – Sept. 2, 2023

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