Snippets from the interweb (18th June 2023)

What is pride?

We all know it when we see it, but what exactly is pride and how is it presented in scripture? This one gives a helpful answer.

God is opposed to the proud

And on a similar note, there is this.

Don’t neglect these texts on the deity of Christ

‘Nowhere does the Bible teach that Jesus is God.’ We have conversations that start with statements like this all the time because of the predominantly Muslim community we live in. Here are some texts that are worth considering when someone offers it up.

Confrontational christlikeness

‘If no one dislikes you on account of Christ, it’s probably not because you have become greater, more endearing, more friendly to the lost than Jesus, the apostles, or the lineage of persecuted Christians and martyrs throughout church history. If no one dislikes you on account of Christ, it is likely because you have been too quiet about Jesus, too lukewarm for him, or too much like the world for them to notice the difference.’

7 reasons Mormonism and Christianity are not the same

Kevin DeYoung lists them here.

The Bible Is Undoubtedly Vulgar and Violent But We Should Not Shield Our Children From It

John Stevens offers an interesting post in response to Utah banning the Bible in schools on the grounds of it being violent and vulgar.

From the archive: Credible professions, moving bars and asylum seekers

‘It doesn’t take a genius to recognise that asylum seekers have a fairly obvious reason for wanting to obtain membership of your local church that isn’t directly related to any love for Christ. Hardly a church I know who regularly work with Asylum Seekers haven’t had to deal with the question of how to assess those who are genuine. It is a frequent reminder of the need for robust membership processes. There are some who try to circumvent the problem…’