Snippets from the interweb (27th November 2022)

Don’t flatter the wolves

‘Paul warned us that wolves would arise within the church to attack the flock (Acts 20:29-30). It’s not good enough to flatter the wolves about their graciousness and seeking to be faithful to Christ. This is not protecting the flock but cosying up to the wolves and I can’t quite believe I’m reading conservative evangelicals doing it.’

Is narcissism the problem behind pastors’ moral failures?

Dan Doriani looks into this one and provides a helpful corrective against the assertion that all, or even most, pastors are narcissists whilst not denying some of them are.

3 steps Christian institutions take from orthodoxy to sexual immorality

‘It might be presumptuous to imply the path from orthodoxy to heterodoxy is the same for all institutions. Yet there does seem to be a recurring pattern that includes three steps.’

A response to Brad Littlejohn on Religious Liberty

I’m broadly in agreement with Jonathan Leeman in this one.

Beware the post-Protestant missionaries

This is quite the opening paragraph: ‘The last World Cup hosts to treat homosexual relations as a crime were arguably even more controversial than Qatar. A repressive society where gay men were often driven to suicide by official persecution, where divorce and abortion were hard to access and strict decency rules governed what could be shown even on stage, this theocratic monarchy had a long history of colonialism and slavery, not to mention religious intolerance. Still, we won, and that’s what matters.’

Can Christians date nonbelievers?

This is a perennial question that comes up time and again. The answer, of course, never changes. But I like the verses that this one lands on to make its case and the grounds on which it builds it.

From the archive: Are you tired?

‘I had just been leading a service on the glory of God; what is it, why should we serve it and why is that ultimately the best thing we can do with our time? I had preached a sermon earlier about making the pursuit of God’s glory our life’s highest priority. Yet, in that moment, I resented having to get out of my car and open the door for somebody who had left their bag behind. It felt like just one more imposition – in a sea of nothing but impositions and demands – and I just wanted the Lord to give me a break. Haven’t I served your glory enough today Lord?’