Snippets from the interweb (13th August 2023)

Shepherding children through exposure to pornography

This is a sad, but necessary, reality. Your children will eventually be exposed to pornography. This one helps us think through how to shepherd our children well when it happens.

Efficiency in churches

This one looks at metaphors and how they can help or hinder our thinking when it comes to church life.

Paedobaptism & the mediator problem

This one raises a helpful issue concerning mediators of the covenant and baptism. I think there is much more to say about this specific point, but it bears consideration and is briefly outlined here.

Three reasons Sunday is not the Christian sabbath

Stephen Wellum offers his case in this old one.

Our missions approach is too Western

I think this one is right. It is not wrong to be a Western missionary, but our approach can often be far too Western.

Is paedocommunion biblical?

It seems to me the logic of paedocommunion is unassailable if you are committed to paedobaptism and covenant theology. There is nothing in scripture that separates the covenant signs and if you really believe children are in the covenant, they ought to receive the covenant signs. On this issue, Baptists and paedocommunionists are as one: the covenant signs are linked and must be given to those in the covenant. Of course, we disagree over who belongs to the covenant and how they enter into it but the principle and its logic both follow the same way. However, the majority of paedobaptists – Presbyterian and Anglican – reject paedocommunion. This one outlines the case for why they reject it.

From the archive: Don’t ignore the fire warnings

‘The fires that take hold in the church affect things for everyone. In the worst cases, it destroys everything in its path, even the very church itself. Just as the moor that people love to frequent may be destroyed by literal fire, so the church that everyone claims to love may be destroyed by the metaphorical ones set by those who ignore the fire warnings from the church itself.’