Snippets from the interweb (17th May 2020)

Were Adam & Eve real people? How history hangs on their story

Anything written by Iain Duguid is worth hearing in my experience. This one is no different. He argues Adam & Eve were real, historical people and explains why that is so important.

There is no good way out of this and here is why

‘We live in a world where everything about this pandemic is so messed up that no one is getting out unscathed. We can try and minimise the damage, but damage there will be. This is true of most human stories, and Covid-19 has only served to bring this into relief. It’s a giant magnifying glass to the brokenness and bruisedness of life as a human being. There is no joyful birth without pain, no marriage without conflict, no grief without the sweet notes of comfort from a loved one. Being human means to experience all these things, often at once.’

God orders events for the good of his people

If ever there was a good time to be reminded of this truth, it is surely now. Derek Thomas does the reminding in this one.

Can I lose my salvation? (video)

Jonathan Leeman and Jon Onwuchekwa have a chat about this (spoiler: they don’t think you can).

I feel it on Sundays the most

Hard to disagree with this one.

Assumptions, lockdown and the urban church

Dave Williams: ‘A lot of the assumptions I hear made about Coronavirus, the lockdown and life ahead assume a middle-class, suburban perspective on things. Those might sound like provocative words but let me explain why I am saying this.’

From the archive: why Facebook shouldn’t ban Britain First

‘The reason we must defend Britain First’s right to spout their fascist rantings is for precisely the same reason that we shouldn’t want them in power. It seems that in our bid to avoid a far-right fascist clampdown we have employed a fascist clampdown. The chosen targets may be different but it is hard to see how this isn’t engaging in precisely the same thing that we claim we desperately want to avoid. If Facebook is genuinely committed to being an open and free platform, it really should reconsider its ban. Not because Britain First are nice people, or we like what they say, but because nobody can trust Facebook’s commitment to free speech if they don’t.’