Snippets from the interweb (2nd June 2019)

Another one bites the dust

‘We invest our time and energy into people and then, out of nowhere, it blows up in our faces. We don’t know what to do. Do we chase them and get them back? What do we say when we see them? Do we chastise them or hug them? Do we need to move through our discipline process? When is the time to remove them from membership? Here are a few steps we take.’

The serious problems with being a red-letter Christian

Ian Paul points out just a few of the problems with being a red-letter Christian.

Brexit Party votes

I went on record to say that I was going to vote for the Brexit Party in the EU elections. You can read why I decided to do so here. But I was also clear that I had no intention of voting for them outside of the EU election. In this article, Patrick O’Flynn helpfully explains why he is doing the same and his reasoning is very close to mine.

Who broke the left?

Giles Fraser – who is fast becoming one of my favourite political commentators – writes about why the left is breaking apart. He and I share a similar political trajectory, so his political views and understanding very often resonate with me. This one is no exception.

The difference between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims and why it matters

Our church has a large number of Iranians (Shi’ite background) in the congregation. The area in which our church is placed is predominantly S. Asian (Sunni background). We live in the midst of these sorts of questions in our part of the UK.

Love is not a feeling

‘For Christians, however, “love” is not a warm, fuzzy feeling; it is not the set of actions which the moral structure of society happens to approve or to allow as legitimate; it is not facilitating a sense of personal contentment with a particular person, object, or state of affairs. Rather, it is formed, shaped, and invested with objective meaning by biblical teaching concerning the being and action of God, specifically in and through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.’

From the archive: The eternal consequences of bluffing it

‘The problem with Boris Johnson-esque bluster is that it tends to have serious consequences when we are caught out. We can end up turning people away from the gospel altogether and leading them away from Christ. It is a timely reminder that words matter and are not inconsequential.’