Snippets from the interweb (3rd December 2017)

‘Twas the Sunday pre-Christmas: a cautionary tale

This is not a new post from Jeremy Walker – some of you may have come across it before – but as we have hit December and some of us will be thinking about Christmas services, assemblies and whatnot, it is timely. You tell me who is the real villain of the piece?

Gospel inequality

John Stevens notes the challenge of reaching the urban poor. It is not a new problem but it is an ongoing one. We need an increase in new plants as well as reinforcement of existing churches in deprived communities. See also my follow up comments here.

What’s wrong with Theistic Evolution? (video)

I acknowledge my own scientific knowledge has zero weight in this discussion but I am conscious of the philosophical problems this view presents, of which many scientists remain entirely ignorant. The view also raises serious theological issues. If you are unfamiliar with the debate, this is a good starting point. Also, read John Stevens commendation of the book this video introduces.

While you were sleeping

‘Traditional Christians will soon be cultural transgressors. And that sounds fine. Unless, of course, you need the approval of the culture, and then you’ll do just about anything, give up just about anything to gain that approval.’

Praying the right thing when you pray to know God’s will

Have you ever tied yourself up in knots over the will of God? Do you want to know God’s will for your life? This is sage advice. ‘The vast majority of us do not need further education into God’s will. Instead, we need to begin to live more fully in what we already know God’s will to be.’

Why did Matthew write his gospel?

Here’s an interesting article exploring four possible reasons Matthew wrote his gospel.

From the archive: knowing vs feeling in worship

‘Feelings are fleeting and regularly lie to us – what we feel is often not the same as that which is true. If our worship is predicated on our feelings, it may be based on a fleeting lie that – although feels right at the time – is contrary to that which is true.’