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…

Charles Spurgeon Knew It Was Possible to Be Faithful and Depressed

“Spurgeon understood that depression isn’t always logical and its cause is not always clear. There are times, he said, when our spirits betray us, and we sink into darkness. We slip into the “bottomless pits” where our souls “can bleed in ten thousand ways, and die over and over again each hour.” There is no reasoning, and a remedy is hard to find.”

What does the story of Scripture tell us about creation?

“Our care for creation does not arise from merging creation with God, but from God’s sovereign care which he invites us to share in, pointing towards the End in which all things are made new.”

Contemporary Challenges to Inerrancy

“Historically, it has been common to relativize Scripture’s authority by adding other authoritative sources; in recent times, it has been more common to question the Bible’s truthfulness, historical reliability, moral probity, and interpretive coherence, by taking away from Scripture its transparent qualities. Responding to such challenges is not the picky pastime of defensive cranks but the inevitable result of holding the same view of Scripture reflected by Jesus himself.”

Let women speak (Part Two)

“One of the big reasons that women don’t speak in church much is simply because they’re not asked. On one level, it really is that simple. Sure there are other reason, two of which will follow in the next two weeks, but generally speaking I think that we hear women’s voices less in complementarian churches because we don’t ask them to speak.”

Running evangelistic courses on Zoom

“In this post, I want to point out some of the pros, and give a few hints that have helped the course I’ve been running work (fairly) smoothly.”

The Gains of Giving Up

“Fasting is a topic that motivates and encourages a few, but confuses many. Since Lent is a season of fasting, it is worth giving it a practical, biblical examination. My first encounter with regular and intense fasting had nothing to do with spirituality”

A step too far

“Exercise is good. Exercise is very good. For a few it is a job! But it must never become a god. It’s never the thing that will make our life possible – only Christ has that role. And when that perspective is recaptured, there is something better than muscle tone – there is freedom and joy.”

PEAK STUPID IN THE CULTURE WARS – GET ANGRY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MATTERS!

“Stood before the Lord on the last day, and he asks us to give account for how we served him, what are we going to say? We went to places where others wouldn’t for the sake of the gospel? We sought to use our resources to establish churches in areas with no access to the gospel so that people might be saved? We sought to feed the hungry and clothe the poor so that we might also share with them the words of eternal life? Or, we love Jesus so much we got angry on the internet about a plastic potato!”

When My Church Was Washed with Butter

“I certainly lament the loss of the good old days, the days before COVID, the days when our churches were washed with cream and the buttery goodness of the Lord oozed all around us. Yet the eyes of faith tell me those days are still today.”