Snippets from the interweb (19th February 2023)

3 surprising agreements pastors must make

Jared Wilson: ‘Beginning pastors aren’t often prepared for these unspoken agreements. Veteran pastors still struggle with them. But there are a number of “job hazards” that come with the pastoral territory for which every minister should be aware and to which every minister should adjust. Here are just three.’

Where did Baptists come from?

‘The question of the origins of the Christian tradition called Baptist has been, and to some extent still is, a much-debated issue.’ Michael Haykin addresses this one.

How can we make decisions and know God’s will?

Here is one set of questions you can ask to help you answer the question (whatever it may be).

How unanswered prayers have shaped my faith

‘I was talking to a friend recently about one of my earliest prayers as a teenager and how this one prayer has remained unanswered. In fact, I am still praying this prayer more than 20 years later! That’s ridiculously long when I think about it. One would think that I’d give up and move on by now! But thinking about that prayer, I realised that it has been integral in cementing my faith, as incongruous as that may seem.’

How do we relate to Anglicans and the Church of England?

Dave Williams looks at the structures and operation of the Church of England. He cautions us against reading independent and congregational polity onto it but helps us to understand how the Church of England actually operates to help us understand how we, outside of it, might relate to it.

Why are some demons only able to be cast out by prayer?

Reasonable question with a reasonable answer from Sinclair Ferguson.

From the archive: Not that plural

‘Most Nonconformist churches assent to the idea of a plurality of elders leading the local church. But I have found many who perceive of plurality in name only. Sure, there are other folks who get called ‘elder’ but they frequently find the title undermined by the de facto setup in the church. Here are a few ways we claim to believe in plurality but can undermine it.’