Snippets from the interweb (11th October 2020)

It’s official: elite sport is willing to crack a few eggs (and your daughter’s head) for the sake of diversity

Stephen McAlpine: ‘“Participation in sport is a human right”. With that, quite frankly ludicrous, quote the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, welcomed the announcement by nine elite sports bodies in Australia, to the inclusion of trans athletes in their elite team should they meet the standard.’

In defence of wokeness

This was a good article. It is really a call to curiosity and to actually engage worldviews that are not our own, rather than throwing sneers out at people as though that achieves anything at all. It is a helpful call for us all to be more aware of who, and what, we’re engaging.

Prioritize church, even when there’s no childcare

‘If we only prioritize corporate worship when it’s convenient, our children will learn to do the same. We’re training our children in their own worship of God by the way we worship during this really difficult season. We have a unique opportunity to teach our children about the importance of corporate worship. Let’s not waste it.’

I’m an imposter

This is a good one from Eddie Arthur. I think lots of us will relate.

Beware the hero pastor

‘You’ll never have a disagreement with a hero pastor about ministry direction. There are no weird relational moments to forgive. He never disappoints by failing to show up in your crisis. In short, the hero pastor never fails you. It’s like a weird online dating experience where neither party knows the other, but both are infatuated.’

Rethinking the land promise

This is a really helpful article on the land promise and how they function as a type. Oren Martin has already written an extremely helpful essay on this in Progressive Covenantalism.

From the archive: Why is Evangelicalism so under-representative?

‘I think this is the number one reason not only why many church leaders are white and middle-class but why so many end up in ministry despite being obviously unqualified to do it. We determine that the ability to study, or a good background in business, or someone who can help us build networks will be the best bloke for the church. This means we end up with people who, yes, easily pick up Greek and learn how to exegete Bible passages in seminary but who never learnt not to use people as stepping stones, as many do in business, to build their empire, personal career or a name for themselves within the tiny world of British Evangelicalism as a ‘good chap’ or ‘great guy’. Middle-class people value this sort of networking; most working-class people I know (and I along with them) find it crass and wholly unappealing.’