Snippets from the interweb (29th October 2023)

The question your kids shouldn’t be asking

I co-sign this one: ‘The very least you can do as a Christian is to take your children once a week to worship with God’s people. The very least you can do as a Christian is to make sure that you, too, are dedicated to serving and worshiping with a church family. The church may not be perfect, but neither are you. So it’s a perfect fit. Take your kids to church. Change your weekend dynamic. Don’t allow your kids to grow up wondering if you’ll be consistent in your faith. Show them what it means to be faithful to the Lord in the most basic of ways: by showing up. The church needs you. You need the church. And your kids need you to teach them how to be faithful.’

Common fallacies in an age of outrage

We would all do well to read this one. It outlines seven common fallacies we often fall prey to in public debate.

Evil is never banal but it is terrifyingly normal

John Stevens: ‘Christians, of all people, ought to know that evil is never banal. It is the result of our fallen state. It is not the case that evil is “terrifyingly normal” but rather that it is terrifyingly normal to be evil. Jesus taught about the wickedness of the fallen human heart, and he did not mince his words.’

Cultural contamination and missionary common sense

‘Want to know one of the deepest fears of contemporary missionaries? Being labeled a colonialist. Missions books and pre-field trainings are full of examples of how previous generations of missionaries got it wrong, exported their culture along with the gospel, and thereby hamstrung the growth or even existence of the indigenous church. The average well-educated Westerner will go to great lengths to avoid the shame of being labeled a racist or a –phobe of any sort. The average Western missionary will go just as far – perhaps even further – to make sure the dreaded colonialist label never sticks.’

What do Israel’s food laws have to do with our holiness?

‘When we get to Leviticus in our Bible reading plans, how many of us read every word of chapter 11? It’s not most people’s idea of engaging literature. The Lord provides a long list of which animals were ritually pure and which were ritually impure. The pure ones could be eaten; the impure ones couldn’t. If we do make it through the list, one of the first questions we ask is “Why? What makes an animal pure or impure?” Interpreters have ventured various guesses.’

For those distracted with much serving

I suspect more than a few of us need to hear this one.

From the archive: The search for relevance makes allegorists of us all

‘We are shortly to start a preaching series on Song of Songs. I have been dipping into the commentaries and trying to get a handle on the book. In so doing, I came across this from Iain Duguid in his Tyndale Old Testament Commentary…’

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  1. An exceptionallyy strong lineup of thoughtful and challenging essays this week. Thank you.

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