Snippets from the interweb (22nd January 2023)

Millennials, don’t waste your childlessness

I appreciated this one. The biblical call is to selflessness for the kingdom. The church’s call should, therefore, be to selflessness for the kingdom whether married with children, married without children or unmarried without children. The call is not to marriage and children, but to selflessness in your circumstances for the kingdom.

Abortion is leading cause of death for fourth year in a row

A straight up news story this one, but absolutely harrowing to think 44 million abortions took place last year. This was the number one reason human beings lost their life last year. Harrowing.

The ultimate balanced guide to Arminianism (from a Calvinist)

This is really helpful in addressing many Calvinistic misconceptions about Arminianism. Incidentally, if you hold to any or most of the 5 distinct doctrines listed, you almost certainly are Arminian. But this one addresses some of the common misconceptions surrounding what that actually means.

8 counsels for those thinking of quitting

John Piper brings them in this one.

Communication lanes

Some widsom in this one about communicating most helpfully.

How to read Hebrew poetry

”’In a time when most people ridicule and ignore poetry, we as Christians need to recover a love for it, especially since one third of the Old Testament is poetry. But reading poetry is often difficult. Poetry stretches the boundaries of language and makes great demands on readers to fill in the gaps. But if God thought it best to reveal so much of Scripture in poetry, we need to become good readers of it. Here are four tips for reading Old Testament poetry well.’

From the archive: Communion, membership and the reality of fellowship

‘Communion itself is a local church ordinance to express the fellowship of the church together in Christ. To express fellowship in the Lord’s Supper, whilst refusing to express it in church membership, is perverse. To enact discipline against those who haven’t joined the local church is all but impossible. It is in the confines of local church membership that the Lord’s Supper makes much sense.’