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b2ap3_thumbnail_Silencing.jpgWhere have all the outspoken social conservative politicians gone? Can we find them amongst Canada's conservative parties?

Sometimes there seems reason to hope. In Ontario, the Progressive Conservative's new leader Patrick Brown had a history of pro-life politics, and he once voted against gay marriage. Sadly, he was only a false hope; he's promised to protect the pro-abortion status quo, and now marches in gay pride parades.

In BC, recently, there was one politician who spoke up when the province decided to add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its human rights code. Laurie Throness quietly noted that he and others view gender as being fixed, not fluid. But while this lone voice did speak up, he wasn’t willing to vote against the bill. It passed with 70 votes for and none against – Throness abstained. 

How about Alberta? Surely in red-neck Alberta there must be an outspoken Christian politician? No. The two conservative opposition parties either won’t speak on moral issues, or agree with the governing New Democrats. The headline of a recent LifeSiteNews.com article put it this way:

"No Alberta politician willing to stand up to NDP gvmt’s ‘totalitarian’ LGBT school agenda?"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Stressed.jpgYears ago I blew my first shot at university. I goofed off, got lousy grades, and ending up with a one-year academic suspension. 

When I came back I didn’t want to mess up my second, and also last, chance. So I studied hard. It wasn’t quite 24/7, but close, and if I had an exam on Monday I would review all my notes the day before. I would be highlighting and cramming into the wee hours of Sunday night.

And then my dad found out. 

I’d really disappointed my dad when I got suspended and didn’t want to disappoint him again. I wasn’t going to no matter how hard I had to push myself!

So here’s my dad, popping his head around the corner to wish me “Good night!” and he sees me hard at work. He sees me stressing. He sees a young man in a near constant panic. I was not going to blow this. 

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There's something to be said for short and sweet. Each of the following 10 clips is just 10 minutes or less, with some taking down evolution, some celebrating the Bible's trustworthiness, and others exploring just how "fearfully and wonderfully" we are made (Psalm 139:14).

1. Our cells' microscopic power generators - 3 minutes

2. Evolutionary "proofs" that actually show devolution - 1 minute

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Posted by on in Culture clashes

Sometimes Truth's Best Defense Is A Good Question Aimed At The Big Lie

b2ap3_thumbnail_Chinese.jpgDuring a political science class the professor asked us, by show of hands, to indicate who was pro-life. There were about a hundred-some students spread out around the large auditorium and I was tucked up against the back wall. My arm went up, and I don’t remember seeing any others. After scanning the room and spotting me, this 50-something-year-old prof came sprinting down the aisle, then scampering up and over the last few rows of seats, until we were face to face. 

“Why,” he asked, “are you pro-life?”

He waited, and I could see my classmates twisting in their seats to get a good look. This was no debate between equals. He was a world-renown lawyer, a drafter of United Nations agreements, and he’d been teaching this class for years. I was an 18-year-old student, who had never had to defend the unborn before. I don’t recall the exact answer I gave, but I do remember how easily the prof slapped it aside. 

He made me feel foolish. More importantly, he made the pro-life position seem foolish.

Let the teacher teach

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Posted by on in Culture clashes

b2ap3_thumbnail_ESPN.jpgSports Illustrated has been featuring near nudity in their swimsuit edition for years now. Pictures from that annual issue were also featured prominently on their website, so if a fellow wanted to follow the happenings of his favorite team, but didn’t want to see barely clad women, then he’d best idea head to rival sports website, ESPN.com. 

But no longer. 

On July 5 the front page of ESPN.com featured a nude picture of Mixed Martial Arts fighter Conor McGregor. The picture was from The ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” in which prominent athletes pose nude. ESPN started the Body Issue in 2009 as competition to the Sport Illustrated swimsuit issue, but until this year the nudity wasn’t front and center on the website. Conor McGregor’s exposure was a departure and the website’s Public Editor, Jim Brady, heard from annoyed and disgusted readers. 

So is ESPN.com going to listen and stick to reporting on sports? Nope. Brady noted that while he had heard a lot of complaints, they seemed to be exclusively from people over 40. And when he polled friends and co-workers he found that no one he knew under 30 thought the pictures were offensive. So ESPN is going to show flesh. And if you’re offended, they’re sorry you’re such a prude.

So what’s a sport fan to do when the continent’s two most prominent sports websites are selling sex? Well, there are still other options. In Canada there’s TSN.com, which, while it has ties to ESPN (ESPN has a minority stake), doesn’t have links to the Body Issue on their website. 

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Some theologians, included big names like Rob Bell and John Stott, don’t believe in hell, or at least that it is eternal. Instead Stott suggested that lost souls might be annihilated and seize to exist. 

However, as Thor Ramsey notes in his bookThe Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever, this doctrine does serious damage to our understanding of God’s holiness and justice. And what then are we to make of what Jesus says in Matt. 26:24: “It would have been better for that man if he had not been born”?

“Jesus is saying for Judas, non-existence – having never existed at all – would be better than something else….Jesus is clearly saying Judas is on his way to hell. But from the perspective of annihilationism the question becomes: Is non-existence better for someone than an eternity of non-existence? Huh? 

“If annihilationism is true, then what Jesus said here about Judas is pretty much nonsense….Jesus was basically just babbling. And he didn’t do that.”

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  • Number Crunching

    A University of Canterbury professor has calculated that the almost 6 billion people presently living on the planet is greater in number than the total sum of all the people who lived before us. This has interesting implications for those that claim to have had a previous life since there are now not enough previous lives to go around.

    SOURCE: Globe and Mail Jan. 21/98