Snippets from the interweb (31st December 2017)

How to discourage your pastor in the New Year

Paul Levy wrote this just before Christmas but, seeing as it’s New Year’s Eve, it seemed apposite to post it today. Each of these 6 things hits the nail on the head. If you do any of these things, please, please stop.

How to begin a Bible reading habit in 2018

Continuing the New Year’s resolution theme, Tim Challies offers some helpful pointers on how to begin (and persevere) with reading our Bibles this year.

Do you love your friends enough to hurt them?

‘In our culture, someone who speaks against a person’s behavior is seen as hateful, while the one who keeps his words to himself is praised as a loving person. Unfortunately, this understanding has crept into the church as well. Our individualism has set up walls that even our Christian friends dare not cross. Asking someone how their job is going is acceptable, even praiseworthy. But asking someone about a sin in their life is considered “crossing the line,” and the solution is to “mind your own business.”’

Should we keep the label ‘evangelical’? (video)

Do you identify as an evangelical? Mika Edmonson (usually no) & Russell Moore (usually yes) with a hugely clarifying discussion.

How to betray your wife, destroy her self-worth, and implode your marriage in one easy step

Of course, why would you want to? But, so many do.

Who are the working class and who can reach them?

Dave Williams does a great job pointing out the difficulty in defining exactly who is working class and dismantling the idea that only indigenous people can reach those just like them. If the apostles took the ‘indigenous people only’ view, only a handful of Jewish tax collectors and fisherman would ever have been saved.

From the archive: The church must reconnect with the poor and deprived: a bishop’s swing and a miss

‘It is certainly true that the church as a whole, not merely Anglicans, have become dominated by middle-class professionals and academics who have, by and large, done little to reach those in deprived areas… Of course, the church (not just Anglicans) should seek afresh to reach deprived areas with the gospel (after all, Jesus himself said it is ‘good news to the poor’). The answer, however, does not lie in a patronising listening exercise whereby middle-class Anglican clergy determine not to call those working-class brexit voters idiots.’