Snippets from the interweb (17th November 2019)

New and old garments

‘There are parts of the Bible I’ve read so many times that I’m prone to mistake familiarity with them for understanding of them. But once in a while, when I set my familiarity aside, I can take a look at what’s actually there. This happened to me recently in a study of Luke 5.’

One of the best illustrations I’ve heard in years

Andrew Wilson highlights Gavin Ortlund’s illustration on the teaching of the extra Calvinisticum. In other words, how can Jesus be omnipresent yet limited by a finite human body at the same time?

Hospitality is not homebound

This is really good. Hospitality can happen in homes but it doesn’t have to do. Hospitality is Biblical but it needn’t been guilt-inducing and overly burdensome. ‘I have attended more than one women’s conference where sessions were geared toward already overloaded and guilt-ridden women like myself, with certain questions posed by women who are obviously passionate about their homes, and about things like hosting themed parties… I agree–we should welcome others into our homes when we can. But, I also want to send a clear message to women like me, women who are rarely home, whose kids are in fifteen different activities after school, whose family generally eats at different times in different cars in different cities because that’s just the phase of life that we’re in: hospitality can happen literally anywhere.’

How not to find a mentor

It’s good to get godly counsel from people you think have wisdom. Here is how not to (and, a little bit, how to) find a mentor.

Violence is being normalised in the name of anti-violence

David Robertson highlights a programme that was aired (I saw some clips on Twitter before I saw his article) and points out the irrationality of argument and debate.

Why did God rest after the six days of creation? (video)

RC Sproul does his thing. It’s all about the holiness.

From the archive: God has many people in this place

‘We do not stay only when there appears to be much fruit. We do not stay only when the church makes our life easy. We do not stay because we have some inner intuition (whether from the Lord or otherwise). We stay because we love the Lord and his people and we long to see the lost won for Christ. We stay because our call was not to numerical success but to gospel faithfulness. Such faithfulness insists we take the gospel to the lost where others will not go based not on inner feelings but on the explicit call of Christ stated directly in the scriptures.’