Snippets from the interweb (22nd October 2017)

Five choices of a declining church

Thom Rainer breaks down the five options available to churches in decline. The worst of them all, doing nothing.

The urban challenge – mobility

I liked this. It lands on one of the common issues that exists in urban ministry – the transient nature of the congregation. It resonated with much of what happens in Oldham (save the healthy church membership numbers).

Is it really God speaking to me?

‘“I’ve prayed about this and I really feel like God told me that it would be okay”. Those were the words that I heard when a young lady informed me that she was leaving her husband in order to live with another dude. She was happier with the other guy. She knew that God didn’t want her to be unhappy and so as she prayed that voice in her head confirmed that she had permission from the Almighty.’

5 reasons Jesus doesn’t expect us to be like the Good Samaritan

Is the Good Samaritan a story about being nice to our neighbour or is Jesus trying to do something else? Are we meant to be the Good Samaritan or does he point us to another truth?

How to translate John 3:16 “literally” (video)

I am really enjoying Bill Mounce’s video series on translation. This one tells us why there is no such thing as a truly word-for-word translation (which some people mislabel as ‘literal’).

Red Flags

This is written about red flags for a worship leader but the application could extend into almost any ministry you care to mention.

From the archive: The number one reason youth leave the church

‘The lure of the world is as great among adults as it is teenagers. Nor do teenagers leave the church because there are not enough programmes for them. At best, in certain cases, young people may leave your church and begin attending another one in which they feel they might be better served. This doesn’t account for why they drift off altogether.’