Saturday Snippets (May 29)

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…

A Brief History of Singleness and Single Women in the Western Church

This is a great introduction to what looks to be a very interesting blog series. In this post Caroline introduces the series well, but also brings some big challenges to the church today and the common ideas on marriage and singleness. Follow along with this series.

A Brief Evaluation of The Passion Translation of Romans

Douglas Moo is a well known Bible scholar in this short pdf he looks as The Passion Translation. I’ve read bits of The Passion Translation before and looked into it in the past, I have concerns about it which is why I would not recommend it. It is good to see scholars picking up on it too and evaluating it closely.

Cohabitation Among Evangelicals: A New Norm?

“It is stunning that this has quietly come to pass among adherents to a form of Christianity that emphasizes radical obedience to an inerrant Bible, forbids all sex outside marriage, and emphasizes being distinct from “the world.”

Is It The Fault Of Evangelism?

My response to a recent Speak Life podcast which raised a concern about the prominence of evangelism and asking if that is the cause for recent abuse scandals in the church.

Should you keep your live stream after lock down restrictions lift?

Stephen Kneale gives a really good and fair assessment of what many churches are considering at the moment; to continue to live stream or not? Really helpful article.

Social media promises equality and diversity – except for Christians

“The Christian Church is faced with the dilemma that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to many people. To some, we may be the perfume of life, but to others we are the stench of death (2 Corinthians 2:16). Sometimes when we speak up for Christian values our society sings its praises, other times it abuses us. But we have no choice. The Cross of Christ must be proclaimed, even when it is offensive.”

In Defence of Being Directive

“Any teaching and support can be misused, and we must therefore prioritise safeguarding, transparency, and accountability to make sure that all people are protected from coercive and abusive practices. This is why we should support a targeted ban that will protect people from coercive and abusive practices that attempt to change sexual orientation or gender identity. But directive teaching and pastoral support are not in themselves coercive or abusive. Rather, they are based on our human rights and are necessary to fulfil the commission Jesus has given to us.”

Amy Orr-Ewing

Amy Orr-Ewing is a really gifted apologist who has done some great work. Here is her new site with a host of helpful resources.

Does ‘Israel’ have a divine right to the land?

Ian Paul has written a number of helpful articles on this topic in recent weeks. I know many of my readers probably won’t agree with his conclusion, but it is worth a read.

Beautiful Difference: The (Whole-Bible) Complementarity of Male and Female

This is a good essay by Andrew Wilson addressing complementarity and how it fits in with the Bible, creation, the church and the family.

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