Saturday Series

A fine-tuned universe

Books | Precise facts and figures at work in the cosmos permit the existence of life
by Hugh Ross
Posted 8/24/19, 12:18 pm

You may have heard that the materialist idea of everything arising from time plus chance is about as likely as a hurricane sweeping through a junkyard and assembling a Boeing 747. I like the analogies Hugh Ross provides in The Creator and the Cosmos even better.

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Illustration by Gerald L. Holmes

Blame the cowdog

Books | Hank gets no respect in his dealings with cats, cows, and coyotes on the ranch
by John R. Erickson
Posted 8/17/19, 10:26 am

John Erickson doesn’t write parables, but some of his stories about the cowboy life he once lived would work well in church. The Bible refers to us as sheep, sometimes without a shepherd, but we also act like cattle and anger the Owner of the ranch. In 1982, Erickson, the author of the popular Hank the Cowdog series of books, published a bunch of these stories in The Devil in Texas and Other Cowboy Tales.

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Associated Press/Photo by Joe Schaber

Biblical hope and international poverty, Part 1

Poverty | Avoiding the pitfalls of 20th-century materialistic thinking
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/10/19, 11:24 am

For more than 30 years I’ve read about and reported on the relation of worldviews to questions of international relief and development. American newspapers, hard hit by their loss of advertising to the internet, almost never do what The Milwaukee Journal did in the 1980s. It sent two reporters to Asia and Latin America to investigate problems of poverty. Working independently, each reporter came up with evidence pointing to five similar conclusions—and since we don’t see that kind of enterprise these days, I’ll report their findings.

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