Snippets from the interweb (15th May 2022)

How to fall in ministry (and what to do when you do)

Jared Wilson writes this one.

3 reasons Christians slander one another

It happens all the time, doesn’t it. Why does it keep happening? This one offers three reasons and takes a look at what James has to say about it.

Seven traits of the successful pastor of 2027

‘Let’s take a trip five years into the future and look at what successful pastors did over those years. By “successful,” I mean pastors who led churches faithfully, reached their communities, and consistently made disciples. I am not speaking of numerical growth, though numerical growth would often accompany churches led by these pastors.’

Why did early Christians switch from the Sabbath Day to the Lord’s Day?

This one is not about sabbatarianism. It is purely about the question of why the early church determined, against their Jewish background, to meet on the first day of the week rather than the last.

4 lessons on staying (from someone who hasn’t)

‘Staying is hard, and there will always be opportunities to go. But don’t discount the value of committing yourself to one place for the long haul.’

The Roe leak spotlights America’s crisis of credibility

Here is another take on the Roe v Wade ruling by Russell Moore. I agree with him, especially this: ‘If in fact Roe is overturned, those of us who are pro-life must work to convince our neighbors that we can and will love and protect both mothers and children. But whatever the outcome, the court must work to rebuild the credibility needed to be seen as something other than just another institution tottering among others that have fallen.’

From the archive: Christians and Socialism – a response to Owen Strachan

‘There are, indeed, Biblical principles that we can apply to the realm of politics and society. But we must be careful about tying any one system to the Biblical view. Godly Christian people will draw Biblical conclusions about politics and exist across the political spectrum for a variety of reasons. We may emphasise certain views as more important than others, we may see one system as (broadly) achieving more than another. But I fear when we begin to say that godly Christian people who come to different conclusion on their politics to us are not legitimately interpreting scripture, we are being driven less by Biblical fidelity and more by the very cultural reasoning that we want to encourage our people to eschew.’