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Monogamy and Evolution – This article at the New York Times shows how evolution has a very difficult job explaining evolution. Christianity offers a far simpler and more satisfying explanation by declaring we are made in God’s image and that he has given us a conscience.

Worst Religion Story of the Year – Joe Carter quotes an old movie in his response to the worst religion article of the year. “Principal: Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Astronomy – The heavens declare the glory of God! “The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the shortlist for the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Photographers captured spectacular sights from across our solar system, the galaxy and beyond – from stunning auroras in the Earth’s atmosphere to frenzied storms on the sun and the eddying gases of the Carina Nebula.”

Young, Restless, Reformed, African – Conrad Mbewe on a Reformed resurgence in Africa: “This is now their challenge. For most of them, the nearest churches with any semblance of Reformed principles are in cities hundreds of kilometres away. This is the cry that has come to my attention. It is largely a call for help. These young adults are crying for living shepherds who faithfully expound the Scriptures and take oversight work seriously to look after their souls.”

Confronting When You Hate Confrontation – Here are five good reasons to confront someone [in love] even if you hate confrontation.

Van Gogh Close Up – Here are some extra-high resolution photos of Van Gogh’s greatest works. It is amazing to see the detail on that close-up level.

The excellence of the church does not consist in multitude but in purity.

—John Calvin

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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