Snippets from the interweb (23rd February 2020)

Who let the IRA gangsters take over Ireland? We did

I don’t make any comment about the other two parts to this post from Peter Hitchens. But his analysis of the rise of the Sinn Fein/IRA in the Republic of Ireland, and their ongoing reverence for their sinister past, is about right.

Five ways you’re probably not a Calvinist

I share much of the theology of John Calvin. But this article outlines five things that those of us who are Reformed probably aren’t (rightly) following Calvin.

Responding to abuse and pastoral malpractice

In light of my recent posts on abusive leaders – particularly this one on addressing abuse within our associations and affiliations – I thought it right to link to the FIEC’s statement on this issue that was put out just this week.

Millennials and mission

‘If there is a future for mission from the West, it will be shaped by those who are in their twenties and thirties today. We cannot assume that they will neatly follow in the organisational footsteps of earlier generations. Maybe they will, but I wouldn’t take it for granted. What we don’t need is more old blokes like me telling us what millennials think.’

6-year-old girls already have gendered beliefs

This is a helpful one from Tim Challies. He is (rightly, in my view) a complementarian shining a light on some of the ways our convictions can lead us down unhelpful roads that are sub-Biblical. This is an important set of questions for any who call themselves complementarian.

Don’t believe your own press

‘If you’re a Christian influencer, people will see your strengths more than your flaws. But the people in your church and the people at home know your weaknesses. You know the real you. And God does to a perfect degree. Our recognition of our sinfulness and weaknesses should cause a spirit of humility. We’re not as talented as people think.’

From the archive: Why do I believe in credobaptism?

‘Regular followers of this blog will know that I am a Reformed Baptist. That is, I believe in reformed soteriology, the doctrines of grace and believe that baptism ought to be by immersion for those who can testify to their belief in the gospel. But why believe that baptism should only be granted to those who can profess faith?’