Snippets from the interweb (1st July 2018)

‘Incredibles 2’ and the importance of starting small

I liked the original Incredibles film. My son has just gotten into it too (he likes, ‘Freeze Man’, which I think is the character, Frozone, played by Samuel L Jackson). Anyway, it’s likely we would find ourselves watching the sequel, so here is a review from The Gospel Coalition. Stephen McAlpine also offers his take here.

Let them eat rainbows: the sexualisation and poverty of children

David Robertson is, once again, on the money here. Whilst – like all right thinking people – David denounces bullying regardless of whom it is against, he outlines some of the major problems with pushing Queer Theory in schools. Many of the poverty issues David outlines are replete in Oldham and the link he draws between it and the schools agenda is significant.

Systemic Ignorance: A feature, not a bug, of modern education

This is a hard word for the education system.

Families of white working class ‘lack drive’ of migrants

This was an interesting piece in the Guardian. It highlights that white working class communities are falling behind. I make no comment on the reasons advanced for it except to say, I’m not so sure it’s all that helpful pitting poor migrants against poor natives.

Are we ordaining Tigger?

I’ve been laughing at the pictures of Anglican ordinands on Twitter of late. It has mainly been in the context of discussion regarding the distance between the church and working classes. The pictures of blokes in dresses jumping up and down are quite jarring against that backdrop. It seems the Archbishop Cranmer blog agrees.

Why you are still a Christian

John Piper is clear and concise in this post. There is one reason, and one reason only, that you are still a Christian.

From the archive: how to dress up gossip as spiritual and how to address it in the church

‘We may wish to dress it up in spiritual language, or make out we are somehow doing something noble, but the Bible will hear none of that. It could not be more stark in defining gossip as an abomination to the Lord and treats it with the utmost seriousness, deeming it worthy of excommunication. Gossip at your peril; entertain gossip at the expense of your church.’