Snippets from the interweb (18th July 2021)

Do God and Satan still speak together about believers?

We are currently studying Revelation and this answer is exactly the I give when we get to Revelation 12.

Dealing with the discipleship deficit

‘Real discipleship is about formation of a person to look and think and love and react more and more like Jesus. It involves a growing knowledge and grasp of the bible but it is also so much more than that. It involves friendship and community but is so much deeper than what anaemically can pass as friendship or community all too often in our lives.’

The problem with deeper discipleship

Doubling up on Al Gooderham this week: ‘Discipleship is gospel-ing believers, evangelism is gospel-ing unbelievers. They are more of a spectrum than two separate boxes and speaking and teaching about Jesus is key in each, not just in a way that learns but in a way that deeply transforms.’

Making the Christian life more complicated than it needs to be

Tim Challies: ‘We sometimes make the Christian life more complicated than it needs to be and more complicated than it ought to be. For when it comes right down to it, God calls us to nothing more, and nothing less, than to obey. The only thing that really matters in any context or any circumstance is obedience to God’s will as it is revealed in God’s Word. ‘

Loneliness limits ministry

This one looks at why it is important for pastors to have friends.

Rare inscription with link to book of Judges discovered in Israel

I love articles like this. Archaeology continues to offer evidence that the Bible is true.

From the archive: Resourcing churches in deprived communities

‘I’m convinced most people are absolutely fine with churches in hard places. If we could have in every deprived neighbourhood without it costing us anything, most people would happily sign up. The issue is ultimately the cost.’