Snippets from the interweb (24th November 2019)

The problem with Children in Need

Eddie Arthur isn’t really criticising Children in Need here (and, in my view, not nearly enough! My comments on Comic Relief as much apply to it.) But he does draw some important points for missions giving in particular.

Why we need to fight for women, not about them

Shabba smashes it in this one: ‘We need to invest in our women, which means we need to invest in women’s ministry. The Bible is crystal clear on gender roles, in both the church and the home… Of course, the discussion about women and their role within the church needs to be had. I’m not saying it’s unimportant. But, can I urge you—whether complementarian or egalitarian—to move beyond theological point scoring and into some concrete action? Women, especially those in poor communities, deserve that.’

A pastor in therapy

‘In this post I want to share four main lessons I have taken away from that process [of CBT], in the hope that they might help my brother pastors, and aid understanding for church members, with regard to the pressures of ministry.’

11 weak reasons to leave a church

All of these are pretty lame.

Four marks of a kingdom-centric church

How do we determine the health of our churches? Here are four good ways to assess yourself.

Is it a sin to “swear to God”?

Both Jesus and James speak about oaths and appear, at first blush, to suggest they are sinful. But does the Bible suggest making promises, or oaths, is sinful? Are Jesus and James suggesting we should never make promises or are they saying something else?

From the archive: There is a place for duty; who enjoys wiping bums?

‘Sometimes, it is our moving to action that causes our feelings to follow suit. Other times, our innate feelings lead us to action. I don’t think we can make a hard and fast rule here. There will be times when, despite how we feel about it, we ought to serve and this may cause our feelings to fall in line. There will be other times when we won’t serve until such time as our feeling lead us to do so. But I do want to take some issue with the view that we don’t serve unless we really want to do so. The best analogy I can think of is of a father with his baby children.’