Next week we’re going to share a Top 10 of the most popular article we’ve published in 2017, but today we’re sharing 5 articles that weren’t all that popular – none of them got over a thousand reads on our site (though some were reprinted elsewhere) – but which we sure wish had gotten a wider hearing. These are 5 of the most overlooked articles published in the past year.
The news by its nature focuses on what’s going wrong in the world. So it’s understandable that, when we look around us, we can lose sight of the incredible abundance of blessings God has given us. But how can we properly thank God if we’re overlooking his gifts? In this article Michael Wagner shares some of the remarkable material ways in which the world is better off than it has ever been.
Author Greg Koukl writes: “Have you ever felt ‘the big chill’? It’s the term I use for the cold shiver that runs up your spine when you’re confronted with what seems at first glance to be a persuasive challenge to your Christian convictions, that terrible suspicion that begins to settle in your bones that the challenger has a point. And it seems convincing. And it shakes you.
“I have those moments, too, and they’re not fun. Over the years, though, I’ve learned a simple, practical system to deal with the “chill” and I want to pass it on to you. It’s not especially clever or novel – thoughtful people have been using it for ages. But it works well to sort things out and help you get to the truth of the matter.”
In this one-hour presentation Dr. John Sanford outlines there are two conflicting worldviews at battle in out culture:
1) we as a species are naturally going up
2) we as a species are naturally going down
The first is the theory of evolution: Mankind is supposed to the end result of a long process of beneficial mutations that changed us, improved us, from our origins as a single cell, simple organism, to become the incredibly complex creatures that we are today. We as a species are improving.
The second is the Biblical worldview. After the Fall into Sin we know that the world was put under a curse. Things started off perfect, but are broken now. We as a species, like all of creation, are breaking down.
So which is it?
Well, what Dr. Sanford explains is that the supposed driver of evolution – mutations – are hurting, not helping us. While an occasional beneficial mutation can happen, Sanford discovered that the rate at which we are mutating, from one generation to the next, is so rapid that we, as a species, are not long for this world.
Understanding the Overton Window is the key to understanding why – practically speaking – it simply makes sense for Christians to speak with boldness in the public square.
In this article, later reprinted on Creation.com, Rev. Witteveen details how there is a billion-dollar foundation trying to promote evolution in conservative Christian churches like ours. This is quite the eye-opener.