Saturday Snippets (October 9)

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…

Censorship Isn’t Christians’ Biggest Social Media Problem

“Christians’ biggest social media problem isn’t censorship—it’s discipleship. But the oppositional posture afforded by the image of fighting the secular, Jesus-hating culture and their efforts to suppress the issues Christians care about most is too lucrative to ignore in an effort to address the ways our relationship with social media is warping our own hearts.”

“Just Say No”? 3 Practical Ways to Resist Temptation

“Satan wants us to despair. But in Christ we have a God who is the lifter of our heads. Through the spirit at work sanctifying us, we can resist. We really can. This is not false hope or naive pie-in-the-sky thinking.”

Does God Really Want All People To Be Saved?

“There are some verses that are often thrown around in theological debates, 1 Timothy 2:4 is one of them.”

5 Productivity Lies Christians Must Avoid

“Productivity is important for Christians because we service a productive God who has given us work to do. But Christians must pursue productivity as Christians and be wary of the subtle lies which can lead us astray.”

Why Domestic Abuse Is So Very Evil

“There are few churches that have no members who bear painful scars related to domestic abuse. There are few churches where pastors and members are not at times called upon to respond well and wisely to troubling allegations and sorrowful situations.”

Resting in the Power of God

“Without knowing God to be the winner of any power debate, we’d be tempted to look around rather than up in order to work out who or what to follow. Suddenly we’re at the mercy of circumstances that are constantly changing and following Jesus just seems like one of many possible options that may or may not land us up in the right place.”

Prayer as Reverent Conversation

“Christian prayer is respectful prayer. It is conversational, yes, but it ought to be reverent. We come to God as his children, but also as his subjects, as his creatures. We get to relate to God in ways that are special, unique, and intimate. But this should not mean we come to him casually or flippantly. Our prayers don’t need to be formal and eloquent or even particularly intelligent, but they do need to be respectful.”

Do Pronouns Matter?

“Do pronouns matter? Yes. It’s not merely a battle over “preferred” pronouns; it’s a battle over reality. What is a pronoun? It’s a word we use to describe the objective nature of reality.”

God is Frustrating

“God is governing, providing, preserving, pardoning, and saving. He is sustaining and guiding. And He is frustrating. Psalm 33:10”

Carry a Candle

“Our very finite and fragile ability to love individuals around us is a gift. And it is also a candle. A profound flicker of light in this hard place.”

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