Snippets from the interweb (12th December 2021)

Advent & Christmas videos for 2021

A roundup of various videos you might want to use this year.

20 quotes from Shai Linne on ethnic unity

20 selected quotes from Shai Linne’s book The New Reformation: Finding Hope in the Fight for Ethnic Unity.

7 tips to help introverts connect at church

I maintain that the church has yet to get to grips with how best to use and relate to introverts. At the same time, a personality test score is not a get-out-of-biblical-commands-free card. So, how can introverts connect at church and how can the rest of the church recognise that introverts have gifts that are beneficial to the body? I found this one helpful.

When does talking or praying about sexuality become conversion therapy?

The Archbishop Cranmer blog addresses some of the important and pressing questions regarding the government’s latest push to ban conversion therapy. There is also a letter you can sign here, if you’re inclined.

Norway’s shoddy Christmas tree and the nature of biblical typology

John Stevens reflects on the annual gift of a Christmas tree from Norway to the UK, highlighting comments from the Mayor of Oslo, and draws some parallels between the explanation and biblical typology.

A great marriage-wrecking lie

We have moved out of that period of our lives where our friends are getting married and moved into that less happy time when many have broken up. Much of the time, this lie is somewhere in the mix.

From the archive: Assumptions without reflection – assessing cultural values in light of biblical values

‘It is commonplace for majority culture values to pass into local church culture without much biblical or critical assessment. The equation of cultural values with biblical norms can have the knock-on effect of limiting minority culture representation, both at leadership level and within the church at large. With a particular focus on the question of class, this paper will explore some indicative examples, provide biblical analysis of these cultural value judgments and offer some suggestions as to how we might overcome our cultural biases to increase representation of minority cultures within the church.’