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Saturday Selections – November 9, 2019

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Humans don’t earn their value

In this video, Amy Hall makes the vital point that our value is not earned. But she pulls up just short of the finish line when, at the end of the video, she bases our worth on us all being human. But that begs a question: why is being human more valuable than being an animal? The world has no answer to that question: why would we treat one creature any more special than any other?

But God tells us we have a special value that comes from being made in His Image (Gen. 1:26, Gen 9:6, James 3:9). This is not only an argument for the unborn’s worth but the only basis for equality. Humans come in different shapes, sizes, colors and have vastly different abilities and interests, so in what sense are any of us “equal”? Only this: we are all made in God’s Image. Even as Christian and non-Christian alike believe in equality – God’s law seems to have written that on our hearts (Rom 2:15) – it is only the Christian who has an explanation for it.

Hall would have done better to clearly base her argument on God’s Word. As would we.

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How evangelicals ended slavery all over the world…and in Canada

While God allows slavery in the Bible, He forbids the dehumanizing slavery as we have known it in North America and around the world. Just consider these passages:

  • “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.” – Ex. 21:16
  • “You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you. He shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place that he shall choose within one of your towns, wherever it suits him. You shall not wrong him.” – Deut. 23:15-16
  • “…but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant…” – Ex. 20:10b

That bears very little resemblance to the way the slave trade was run in the Western world. And no wonder then that Christians – those who read God’s Word and took it seriously – lead the fight against that form of slavery based, as it was, on a denial that blacks were also made in the very Image of God.

Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019), the man who put Darwin on trial

“In many ways, Phillip Johnson was a Luther-like reformer….Johnson, who passed away peacefully in his home over the weekend, is widely considered the godfather of the modern Intelligent Design movement. His 1991 book Darwin on Trial revealed how Darwinian evolution was plagued by worldview-level problems: most importantly, its reliance on philosophical naturalism.”

Prominent abortion photographed with placard reading “Even on my worst days, I’m killing it”

Do abortionists know that what they are doing is murder? Very often, the answer is yes.

The power of touch

Cuddling on the couch, sitting close together at church, holding hands on a walk – all of them are wonderful ways to connect with your better half. And yet many couples shy away from this regular physical contact, in part because one spouse might hope this physical contact leads to another sort, and maybe the other fears it will lead to the other sort. But what if physical touching was just that and nothing more? Here are 25 suggestions for increasing the physical contact in your marriage in ways that will bind you together even if they don’t lead to anything more.

Dusty Marshall on the American Holocaust

There’s a lot of Christians artists using rap to make powerful statements. American Holocaust is a call out to be both those killing babies and those sitting on the sidelines to change their ways.

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