Snippets from the interweb (27th August 2017)

Mr Moral Magoo?

Apart from wishing the writer had used ‘deep’ rather than the less appropriate ‘thick’ (which means the exact opposite of what he wants it to mean), this is a really helpful article. Knowing what we believe is one thing, but unless we know why it will only take a more compelling narrative to topple any moral position we may hold.

The Banality of Evil

David Robertson writes about a reply he received from the Minister of Education. You can decide whether the response received in any way addressed David’s concerns.

Preaching a sermon or leading a study?

Tim Challies offers a really helpful, and astonishingly simple, way to make sure we are preaching to the heart rather than just delivering information to the head. Your structure may be the same but the way you phrase your points may just make all the difference.

What good can come from heresy?

‘Downgrade, as Spurgeon called it, is an insidious assault by the enemy, but like all the enemy’s work God will use it for good.’ Here are 5 ways that heresy, perversely, can help the church.

The essence of the Christian life

RC Sproul explains the ‘big idea’ of the Christian life. What, in essence, is the Christian life all about?

Sabotaging satisfaction in the church

‘Unrealistic expectations about what church is like will kill you’. It’s as simple as that really.

From the archive: When no ministry might be better

‘What is better: to have unsuitable individuals serving in the church – non-members, divisive individuals, those who make service about themselves, etc – or simply to have no non-essential ministries until suitable individuals are able to serve gladly, willingly and properly?’


  1. A fascinating selection as always. Nb, agree with Challlis about making your points “application” this is how Chris Green taught preaching at Oak Hill. However, I would approach both Bible study and preaching as to the affections. Any encounter with God’s Word should do that. A Bible study will prob give greater emphasis on group members responding to questions and be guided through working out, though I see a big place for interaction in sermons too … and Bible study should still have space for the preacher to bring the point home.

  2. Yes, I tend to agree with you. I felt the main point he was making, however, was excellent regarding the way we write our points in headings. Simple but helpful I thought.

  3. Yes. The other thing is it helps with illustrations. Rather than an obscure story to illustrate a point building a vivid story of how the application plays out in day to day life

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