Snippets from the interweb (20th February 2022)

I am an evangelical

In response to Thabiti Anyabwile’s statement on Evangelicalism, and my subsequent comments on it, Stephen Watkinson weighs in on why he wants to keep the term evangelical.

Children of Abraham: A reformed baptist view of the covenants

Guy Davies review David Kingdon’s book, Children of Abraham. He helpfully highlights a few matters related to baptism in the post.

Why is re-converting easier than repenting?

‘Re-conversion offers many evangelicals the emotional catharsis of acknowledging sin without the social shaming or awkwardness that comes when people who claim to be Christians acknowledge sin. If you weren’t really a Christian but you are now, wonderful! Enter into our joy. But if you actually are a Christian and you have to talk about sin that you’re not entirely sure how to address, well, how close should we stand next to you? How contagious is it?’

What burnout really is

This was very helpful. Short and inciteful.

A common face

Fair question: ‘Why do we pander and scramble to hear the famous, successful and beautiful people speak, when God’s glory is just waiting to be displayed by the sisters and brothers around us?’

The necessity and danger of mercy ministry

Mercy ministry is well and good, but we have to make sure we do it well and good.

From the archive: “I don’t care what people think of me!” Well, you should

‘It’s a statement I hear from time to time: I don’t care what people think of me! Some people seem to think it is some sort of noble virtue to not care at all what other people think of them. Even in the world of Conservative Evangelical online nonsense, the idea gets batted around from time to time.’