Snippets from the interweb (18th October 2020)

Should we expect our jobs to make us happy?

This is a really good analogy from Barnabas Piper. It doesn’t just apply to our work either.

“Break the teeth in their mouths, O Lord”: How the imprecatory pslams helped me deal with emotional abuse

I am convinced most Evangelicals have no clue what to do with the imprecatory Psalms. We either ignore them or quickly jump to our christology, ignoring the bits we don’t like. Here, Russell Meek explains how they helped him deal with abuse and how they kept him in the church.

Pastor, why is your preaching so boring?

Stephen Watkinson looks at one of the contenders for why our preaching might be less interesting than it should be and provides some solutions.

Conspicuous sins

‘A much-loved, high-profile evangelical leader is being accused of sexual impropriety. I won’t mention his name, not only because I have no way of knowing whether the accusations are true or not, but because his particular name and his particular case is not the reason for this week’s Payneful Truth. I’m writing because I wonder whether you get the same sick feeling in your guts as I do when you hear about these things.’

Letting injustice rip

‘There must come a time when we at least begin to debate whether the impact of the West’s response to the pandemic is too great a price to expect the poor of the world to pay. And – surely – these are the kinds of questions that Christians, of all people, should be starting to ask. The issues are bigger than what time pubs and restaurants in our cities close, and the impact of that on jobs and businesses here. These are issues of global justice. We must remember the poor.’

Why we let the little ones go from the service

This article outlines why children should be encouraged to go to special classes during the church service. In response, this article explains why children should be encouraged to stay in with the adults throughout. Both are well-reasoned and well-written and should encourage us to think through our practice biblically.

From the archive: In defence of twitter and online discussion

‘I have – and thus our church has – hugely benefited from Twitter. Were it not for that platform there are plenty of people I would never have come across. By God’s grace, some of the folk I know only by their online presence have blessed us enormously with prayer, finances and a desire to help us find workers. These are kingdom-minded people who love the Lord enough to give away funds and resources because a bloke they’ve never met, running a church they’re unlikely to have ever noticed, said we needed support. I am not much more than pixels on a screen to some of them and yet, out of gospel concern, they chose to help. I attribute that first to the sovereignty of God, second to the gospel-heartedness of those individuals and third to Twitter.’