Snippets from the interweb (28th February 2021)

Different strokes for different folks

Paul levy looks at why its okay for different people to have different looking ministries. 

How to spot a toxic leader

Lee Furney looks at how the SEAL team six does it and applies it to the church.

“You are wrong, brother”: On disagreeing better as Christians

This is about right. Disagree, but disagree well. Not everybody with whom we disagree is a heretical false teacher.

Why a COVID vaccine or a possible vaccine passport probably aren’t the mark of the beast

You’d think this obvious enough, but if you aren’t sure, this one helps us understand why these things can’t really be understood that way.

Preach to the people in the room

This one is so important. Most boring sermons can trace their main problem to a lack of pointed or relevant application to the people listening. We need to think about the people we are preaching to and speak into their lives, not to those who aren’t there.

Why don’t we follow all the old testament laws?

‘It’s pretty common these days for people to dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they follow some of the rules in the Bible and ignore others.” The challenge usually sounds something like this: “When the Bible talks about certain sexual behaviors as sin, you quote that; but when it says not to eat shellfish or that you should execute people for breaking the Sabbath, you just ignore it. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what suits you best?”’

From the archive: Don’t eat pudding for breakfast, dinner and tea

‘If you wouldn’t just give your kids cheesecake and ice cream for every meal, why would we give them the theological equivalent from our pulpits? We need to make sure our people have a healthy, balanced, Biblical diet. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of ice cream, let’s just make sure we don’t make it the main thing we give our people.’