Saturday Snippets (June 13)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers.

Autism and the Church (podcast)

“Sharon Dickens talks with Natasha Davidson and Fontaine Selway about how churches can serve those with autism, structuring various activities of church life in order to enable people to feel welcome so that they might hear the good news of the gospel.”

How to get your church reading (podcast)

This is a great wee podcast from the Immanuel Network as they interview Jonathan Carswell from 10ofThose. Jonathan speaks about the purpose behind 10ofThose and creating a culture of reading.

Not In My Name

“I serve a brown skinned saviour who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and humbled himself to death, even death on a cross. The sight of paramilitary police using violence to clear the path for a politician so that he can wave a Bible to the press is the antithesis of everything that I stand for.”

Why You Should Ditch Your Digital Bible

Matt Smith has written an interesting article about the disadvantages of using a digital Bible. This largely comes down to convenience and personal conviction, but Matt brings interesting points to the table.

Roger Carswell – Great Communicator: No Gospel

“If Christ and Him crucified is true, then the only conclusion is that we, like Paul, will be determined to know nothing else” 

The Sweetening of All Our Songs

“One of the greatest gifts we receive from suffering is the sweetening of all our songs. Like a life jacket, the deeper we sink, the more buoyant our songs become, and the more God uses them to grip us tight and raise us up—from panic to peace, from the hissing questions of doubt to the gentle confidence of faith, from the selfish concerns that overtake us in times of trial to the neighbor-love that Christ calls us to practice especially in the darkest seasons.”

12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online

Mark Dever shares some wisdom here, the article is written with pastors in mind but the implications of it are much wider than that. Christian, be careful with your conduct online.

The Pastor We All Want

“Leadership has fallen on hard times. As a society, we are suspicious of our leaders, often assuming they will use their power for selfish gain, rather than our good. That makes these fearful days for taking and holding office, not just in business and politics, but also in the church.”

How Did Evil Begin?

John Piper has written an interesting article about the origin of evil. Piper highlights some of the wrong answers, why they are wrong and he takes you to Scripture to see the Almighty nature of God. What are your thoughts on this topic?

4 Ways to Practice Theological Humility

“our zeal for theology must never exceed our zeal for our actual brothers and sisters in Christ. We must be marked by love. We must, as my dad always puts it, pursue both gospel doctrine and gospel culture.”

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