Snippets from the interweb (17th January 2021)

“Real” circumcision (Rom 2:28-29)

Bill Mounce looks at an insertion into the text that a number of translation make that isn’t there in the Greek.

Why complementarian men do more housework

This is the result of an interesting study. Make of it what you will.

Is there such a thing as Biblical Manhood?

On a similar, but slightly different, note, Dave Williams says there probably is such a thing as Biblical Manhood but it’s not necessarily what is often presented.

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Garry Williams makes the case for in person meeting where we are able. ‘My arguments thus have a limited focus: I am addressing a situation where a church a) is legally allowed to meet, b) is able to meet, and c) can do so in a COVID-secure fashion d) for those who are not in high risk categories or in close contact with them. In such a situation I believe that it is imperative for such people to gather, while making provision and caring for those who cannot.’

Help! My kids don’t like church

This is something almost every Christian parent will encounter at some point. The question is, what can be done about it? Here are some practical tips that might help.

Should I stay or should I go?

‘Our Evangelical culture places a huge value on missionaries who commit to a situation for the whole of their lives. We see this as something that is admirable and an example of what true discipleship looks like. The thing is, the Bible doesn’t really give us any examples like this.’

From the archive: Sometimes you’ve just got to get your hands dirty

‘Dealing with pastoral problems is messy stuff and handling the results of sin is always going to be a filthy job because – much like when someone recounted to me the time they spread excrement all over their bedroom walls as a toddler like some sort of dirty protest because it seemed a good idea at the time – sin just gets everywhere and stains everything.’