Snippets from the interweb (19th November 2023)

Preparing a canon of commentaries

If you are a preacher who regularly prepares sermons, some great wisdom in this one on what kind of commentaries you might want to think about getting.

The body of Jesus was eaten by dogs?

Sceptical scholars, unsurprisingly, often find their own position overturned when further evidence is forthcoming. This one encourages us to rest in the fact that scripture will be vindicated in the end.

How to read Genesis 1-11

C. John Collins tackles this one using the help of some critical questions from C.S. Lewis.

Must presuppositionalists be such jerks?

Ted Turnau writes an excellent guest post here on presuppositionalism, Christian Nationalism and whether there is something inherent to presuppositional apologetics that makes people turn into headbangers. He argues not, but suggests the tendency exists amongst those who have not properly understood presuppositional apologetics (he also helpfully explains these terms in the post if you don’t know what any of them mean!)

4 Things to Remember When Talking About Your Church

This is a good one about how we speak about our church, especially when we are discouraged and struggling with sheep who are prone to bite.

Losing our J.O.Y.

‘Too often we individualise joy. Social isolation, having ‘me time’, is seen as what charges our batteries. We’ve been told we’re introverts and believe the lie that therefore we’re wired not to find joy in others but in isolation with me, myself and I. But the gospel rewires us so that our joy is found in serving others.’

From the archive: Why I won’t necessarily “keep you in my prayers”

‘”Will you keep me in your prayers?” Now, let’s be honest, who wants to be the guy who says, ‘no. I won’t pray for you.’ It sounds harsh doesn’t it. But even if you say “yes” and pray there and then, to “keep me in your prayers” is a tall order isn’t it? I am reminded of the numerous times, at our church prayer meetings, somebody insists we stop and pray for someone in particular. Sometimes, it is something to do with somebody within the fellowship that we didn’t know about. That’s all good and I am encouraged that somebody both knows about it and wants us all to pray about whatever it is. But often, it is a request to pray for John – a friend of my brother’s, in-law’s cousin – who happens to have cancer and I promised that the church would pray. We’re not only offering to pray for somebody none of us know at all there, but we’re also tying everybody else in the church to praying for them too! But which of us would want to say no to that? Surely we can spare a prayer for them, no? Let me introduce myself as the antitype of the man from Del Monte.’