Snippets from the interweb (8th July 2018)

Who needs palliative care when we have euthanasia?

This is absolutely terrifying. Not at all surprising, but nonetheless terrifying.

Pastor, preach hypocritical sermons

‘Not a single one of us can go their whole lives without preaching a hypocritical sermon or writing a hypocritical lesson. At some point, we are going to have to address issues that we ourselves have difficulty understanding and adhering to. We will inevitably call people to be obedient to a standard that we ourselves fall short of, and we will give advice and instruction to our churches that we need a healthy dose of ourselves.’

Some thoughts on culture shock

Dave Williams offers some helpful and provocative comments on moving from one culture to another. Don’t make the mistake of thinking because you live in the same country and speak the same language that you come from the same culture – this has something to say to all of us.

Which comes first: repentance or faith?

Sinclair Ferguson offers a helpful answer.

Pastors empower your congregation #GarethSouthgateWould

There are lots of articles floating around about the world cup at the moment. Everyone in England is dreaming that, this year, we might just do something special. Even David Robertson, Scottish to his core, said he was taking real joy in the English success. And many have noted how humble, affable and genuine Gareth Southgate has been throughout. Here, Stephen McAlpine draws some lessons for the church from Southgate’s management style.

Should we keep planting all-white leadership teams in London?

Duncan Forbes says no and gives his reasoning.

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

‘Surely the gospel we proclaim should transcend issues of brexit and remain, party affiliation and, yes, even class. People will not reconnect with the gospel if we are happy to accede to their political opinions, they will respond to the gospel when the Holy Spirit works through the teaching of the Word and they see the inherent value, beauty and worth of Jesus Christ. Patronising the poor with a message of ‘we understand’ is not a fulfilment of the Great Commission. Reaching out across political, social, racial and intellectual lines with that great leveller – all fall short of the glory of God but salvation is open to all for in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female (cf. Gal 3:28) – is surely more likely to reconnect people with the gospel because of the simple fact that it is the actual gospel.’