Snippets from the interweb (19th March 2023)

Living selflessly with your wife

Tim Challies: ‘To live selflessly is to live with an awareness of complementarity, to understand and embrace the differences between men and women. There is something deep within every man that tacitly believes that marriage would be easier and his union stronger if his wife were only more like him—if she thought like a man and reasoned like a man and felt the desires of a man. Yet God has chosen to display His glory in two genders that are wonderfully different and wondrously complementary. A husband who truly loves his wife is a husband who embraces the differences rather than battling them, who sees them as a feature of God’s design rather than a mistake.’

Is a husband his wife’s saviour?

Sticking with complementarianism, Dave Williams looks at some cited comments from John MacArthur and notes an issue with them: ‘A husband is not his wife’s saviour, nor is a wife her husband’s. We have one Lord and Saviour and we do better both theologically and pastorally when we remember that.’

The many faces of Islam in Africa

‘As ministers of the gospel in Africa, we cannot ignore Islam. Islam is around us and we should spend some time getting to know and understand it and its faces. This helps us in our ministry in Africa and beyond.’

50 thoughts on preaching

This one is shorter than it sounds, but full of good, straightforward wisdom for preaching.

Choosing God over college basketball

When I was a teenager, I was in the same boat. I was playing for a team and doing well, but a shift from Saturday to Sunday play made it impossible for me to join in church. In the end, I had to give it up. This article is about other choices that had to be made by someone playing college basketball (who had progressed further than I did before issues began for them). But this one is instructive for anyone who would let sport (for them or their children) overtake Christ.

The Lost Boys of Anonymous Twitter

Trevin Wax thinks about what lies behind aggressive, anonymous twitter accounts, how they have come about because of our culture and how the church must recognise that even people such as these are part of our mission field: ‘These aren’t real men but boys—lost boys who have returned to the middle-school locker room to brag about their exploits and assert their dominance, all from a desire to make a mark on the world in a way that hides their sense of inner powerlessness. It’s the tantrum of a little boy who despairs at a world that will not bend to his desires and who has given up the desire to master his urges and exhibit self-control.’

From the archive: If not this forum, then which?

‘Sometimes it is entirely right to speak. Sometimes we need to ask, if not in this forum, then which? If we can never find the words, the time or the forum, might it just be possible that we are not being careful to avoid dishonourable behaviour but that we are more concerned about what people think of us than we are about the Lord?’