Snippets from the interweb (1st September 2019)

4 lies that cause pastors to neglect their families

I just don’t think this can be said enough. Do not use the church as an excuse to neglect your family. 

Daily slogging in the power of the Spirit

On a similar note, 100% this. ‘I am not impressed by young pastors who seem too eager to publish books and speak at big events and build “a platform”. They are doing the work of the Lord, which is good. But I’m not impressed. What impresses me is my dad’s daily slogging, year after year, in the power of the Spirit, with no big-deal-ness as the goal or the payoff. This is the pastoral ministry that brings Jesus into the world today, and it takes a lifetime to develop.’

Find a church first?

Something important to think about in this one.

9 things you should know about Ulrich Zwingli

If your church regularly preaches from the Bible and you believe the bread and wine don’t change in any way during the Lord’ Supper, then Zwingli has affected your theology. Here are 9 things you should know about him.

Another learning experience

Dave Williams makes a plea to students. Maybe look beyond that big, shiny student church and get an experience few of your mates will get.

It must be nearly the start of term…

On a similar note, ‘I’ve started getting emails from churches in cities with universities asking me to put them in contact with any students we’ve got heading to their cities… I wonder how many of those same churches help those same students think strategically about where they go after university.’

From the archive: should poorer churches give to the work of mission?

‘Of course poorer churches should support mission. It is a statement of intent that the Lord’s work is what matters, not propping up our own empire. It is a recognition that the money we have comes from the Lord and should, therefore, be used for the Lord’s work wherever that may be. It helps to cultivate gospel generosity. Moreover, it shames many richer churches who should be helping. If even we – with our minimal income and monthly deficit – can give to the work of mission, surely any church can and should?’