Snippets from the interweb (7th November 2021)

How to treat fellow Christians

I liked this one. ‘Imagine what your church would be like if every member took these Scriptures to heart.’

Don’t write sermons for your week

‘What if the thing that would improve your sermon most wasn’t another hour or two in the office, or with the commentaries, or listening to whoever your go to preacher is on that passage. But a deeper awareness of the connection points between the Bible and the life of your congregation that resulted in prayed through application to those in our flock?’

Why we should care for creation

Eddie Arthur makes his case for creation care in this one. For slightly different perspective on COP26, and climate issues more broadly, David Robertson writes here.

Does it really matter if Adam was the first man?

Mike Reeves: ‘The simple aim of this article is to show that, far from being a peripheral matter for fussy literalists, it is biblically and theologically necessary for Christians to believe in Adam as a historical person who fathered the entire human race.’

2 reasons why ‘Jehovah’ should not appear in English bibles

‘One of the more surprising truths of the Christian religion is that we don’t know for sure how to pronounce the name of our own God. Good evidence suggests it should be Yahweh, but good evidence is all God has chosen to leave us—not certainty. There is one thing we do know, though: God’s name is not Jehovah.’

Prominence and significance are not the same thing

‘Prominence and significance are not the same thing. Size and strength are not synonymous. The one at the front of the line is not necessarily the most important person in the line. He may be up front because he cut the line.’

From the archive: Is it ever right to resist authorities? Thoughts on Bonhoeffer, Cromwell & Modern Day Iran

‘An interesting question was raised by our Iranian brothers. I’m paraphrasing somewhat, and we took a few twists and turns to get there, but essentially what do we do if there is no legal channel open to us? The example, naturally, focused on Iran. Then came the question, can it ever be right to join a revolution (particularly a violent one)?’