Nothing like looking godly. That’s what we’re aiming for, right? The appearance of godliness with minimal effort? Well, here’s your basic how to for 2020.
I made some of these points in relation to the issue facing the Church of England here. But Carl Trueman puts his finger on the heart of the issue in the UMC split.
All sermons ought to have application. But there will be times we listen to preaching that doesn’t seem directly relevant to us. Here is why we all still need to hear those sermons.
David Robertson looks at truth, how it can be distorted and how we can aid its distortion. He offers some suggestions for how we can engage with truth more truthfully.
‘When it comes to mentoring, most of us want the fantasy version where time and energy are abundant, communication is easy, and sanctification is immediate. But it’s because our lives are so messy—not because they are tidy—that we need these kinds of relationships in the first place.’
I find this hugely sad. There were over 42 million aborted babies, accounting for 42% of all deaths, in 2019. It is hard to believe these were all (or even mainly) because the mother’s life was at risk.
‘UK Evangelicals largely do not need to be encouraged to “go home”. If most Evangelicals are white and middle class, encouraging them to “go home” as a service to the Lord is to encourage them to go to most affluent communities that most people aspire to live in. Frankly, they don’t need much encouragement as the figures on Evangelicalism and the spread of Evangelical churches attests…. There is less of a need for homebodies and more need for missionaries. We need people who will set aside the comforts of home and go to those that others simply won’t reach. Getting people to move within walking distance of a tube stop really isn’t all that difficult. Getting someone to move to a council estate in the North East or a deprived community that is majority South Asian seems to be a much taller order for most Evangelical people.’