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I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

The Free Reformed Churches of Australia

It’s been a long time coming, but the FRCA finally has a new website. It now includes news items from our churches (which you can also get delivered to a blog aggregator like Feedly via RSS).

What To Do About Halloween on the Sabbath?

This is, to me it seems, a distinctly North American discussion. Halloween is a thing here in Australia, but not a big thing. It’s certainly not anywhere near as big as in the US and Canada. That suits me just fine.

Legalism: What It Is and What It Is Not

Chris Gordon: “Too often when people critique confessional Protestants, who affirm the abiding validity of the Ten Commandments, as “legalistic,” they are really advocating antinomianism, rejection of God’s moral law. What they are saying is this: we won’t require anything of you if you come to us. This is all an escape tactic for people who are running. God’s law is totally disregarded, and the consequences of this are evidenced in the way people approach him in worship.”

Victorian Government to Discriminate against Faith-Based Schools

While this is a deplorable development, I can’t help but wonder if the real problems are being missed here: churches which don’t practice church discipline, and then Christian schools which don’t make biblical church membership a requirement for employment.

Appeal court overturns UK puberty blockers ruling for under-16s

The case of Keira Bell (Bell v Tavistock) has received a lot of attention from Christians concerned about so-called conversion therapy legislation. This is a set-back, however an appeal to the UK Supreme Court is in the works.

Study: Majority of Self-Identified Christians Don’t Believe the Holy Spirit is Real

Perhaps a better title: Majority of Self-Identified Christians Don’t Really Believe Christian Doctrine.

Christian vs. Atheist Debate

I didn’t post this one on Facebook, but last week I did show it to participants at a Reformed Apologetics course I taught in Western Australia. Brace yourself — one unhinged atheist makes it a wild ride.


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Who are the 144,000 in the Revelation to John?

There are at least a couple of options and R. Fowler White defends one of them, quite capably in my opinion.

Same-Sex Attraction and Jesus: One Woman’s Journey

Ellen Mary Dykas interviews “Danae” about her struggles. It’s an encouraging story of how God can bring meaningful change through the gospel.

Bethel, Jesus, and Dove Dung

This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve read recently. It’s about Bethel Church in Redding, California and some of the unbiblical teaching their promoting. Discern.

Soft flexible nerves found in Triceratops bone

Soft dinosaur tissue? How’s it possible? Not a hard question to answer for a young earth creationist. If you want to review the original article this one is based on, see here.

New “Long Story Short” Video Delivers a Dose of Reality for Origin-of-Life Researchers

Can life come from non-life? Check out this really well-produced 10 minute video.

“The quadruplets just started falling out of her”: The abortion horror story that made six clinic workers quit

Jonathon Van Maren interviews ex-abortion worker Abby Johnson.

Teens Are Lonelier Than Ever. What Do Smartphones Have to Do With It?

Quite a bit, apparently. Jean Twenge explains the latest research.

Interview Nightmare

If you need a good laugh:


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

10 Safeguards for Church Nurseries and Children’s Ministry

Protecting the “little lambs” should be one of the top priorities for every church.

Reading with Ancient Eyes

This past week I did another live Q & A on Facebook. One of the questions had to do with the three household baptisms mentioned in the New Testament and whether it’s legitimate to assume these included children. I referred to this excellent talk on the subject by Dr. W. den Hollander from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

Amillennialism

I’m currently teaching a New Members Class. During last week’s class we started talking about the doctrine of the last things (eschatology). One of the best places to find free online resources on Reformed eschatology is Dr. Kim Riddlebarger’s website.

Beginning at the End of All Things: Abraham Kuyper’s and Klaas Schilder’s Eschatological Visions of Culture

An interesting article from the latest issue of Themelios, but one where you may find yourself swimming in the deep end. But hey, go ahead, challenge yourself.

What We Got Wrong in Afghanistan?

As we watch things fall apart in Afghanistan, we’re all wondering this. This is some interesting analysis, but it doesn’t address the question of whether we should be sticking our noses in other nations’ business in the first place.

Trans Mission

An important, eye-opening documentary. Worth 55 minutes of your time.


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Federal Vision: What is It?

The faculty of Mid-America Reformed Seminary do a regular podcast and in this edition they tackle a controversy that has some miles on it by now: Federal Vision. If you’d like to get a better handle on the issues at stake, this is a good introduction. Some other resources on Federal Vision:

Joint Federal Vision Statement — from the horse’s mouth, signed by men such as Doug Wilson and Peter Leithart.

For Those Just Tuning In: What Is The Federal Vision? — Scott Clark’s summary of FV and its problems from a confessionally Reformed perspective.

Federal Vision: A Canadian Reformed Pastor’s Perspective — a booklet addressing the claim that FV has a legit Canadian Reformed/Liberated pedigree.

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Deep Time – the god of our Age

Deep time is simply the notion of billions of years. It’s foundational to Darwinian macro-evolution. You can’t have Darwinism without deep time. Jason Lisle explains how this concept is fundamentally religious.

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Online Skeptics have a serious copy-and-paste problem

Atheist trolls seem to love the Skeptic Annotated Bible — perhaps a little too much. The thing that always gets me is: do the trolls really think I’ve never heard their objection before and do they really think we don’t have an answer for that?

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This is a really great explanation of the greatest news the world has ever heard. Why not share it on social media?


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Distancing Darwin from Racism Is a Fool’s Errand

“It is very true what you say about the higher races of men, when high enough, replacing & clearing off the lower races. In 500 years how the Anglo-Saxon race will have spread & exterminated whole nations; & in consequence how much the human race, viewed as a unit, will have risen in rank.” ~ Charles Darwin

Sin is Like a Snowball

Scott Bredenhof reflects on how sin can gain dangerous momentum in our lives — and what God has done about it.

Dusting When the Light is Dim

I love these kinds of illustrations. This is a good one is about sanctification — I’ve saved it for future reference.

We Have Met the Enemy

Tal Bachman: “But the most alarming revelation was the astronomical rate of suicide among post-surgery transgenders, particularly after a decade. The post-surgery suicide rate wasn’t 25% higher than normal, which would have been disturbing enough. Nor was it 50% higher. Nor was it 100% higher. It wasn’t even 250% higher, which would have been, or should have been, a screaming alarm for the medical community and public alike. Nor was it 400% higher, or 600% higher. It was nearly two thousand percent higher.”

We the Screamers

Another powerful piece from Jonathon Van Maren.

Can a politician be personally, but not politically, pro-life?

Some conservative politicians try to take a middle-of-the-road approach to abortion: personally against, but politically indifferent or even for. Jon Dykstra analyzes this from a biblical perspective.

Australian Christian Lobby in the News

The Australian Christian Lobby has no equal elsewhere in the world. This is an organization doing phenomenal work to bring biblical thinking into the public square. ACL is headed up by Martyn Iles. He’s been doing a tour across Australia with his “The Truth of It” program. When ACL attempted to hire public venues in Western Australia, they were refused. The explanation is in the video clip below. Just yesterday (Friday July 16), ACL announced that the WA state government had backed down.