Saturday Snippets (November 27)

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…

Running a Non-Profit Bible Study

“If you intend to help others to read the bible, do not just read the bible for the sake of others, your own private times of studying to the word and indispensable to both yourself and those whom you serve. Though one is personal and the other public, you should not be doing the one without the other. If people are to trust the bible, they should see that you trust it too.”

14 Surprising Facts About Pastors

“By definition, a pastor is one who “shepherds his flock.” You know this means he preaches, officiates weddings and probably has meetings in his office to explain some theological question; but what is the role of pastor really like?”

Do you take the role of pastor/elder seriously enough?

“we should not aspire to the role of elder or pastor out of desire for power but we should respect and submit to those who have that authority and if in leadership should take seriously the responsibility God has entrusted to us.”

Is Masturbation Sinful?

“Whilst the Bible doesn’t use the word ‘masturbation’ it does speak about the importance of sexual intercourse being within the confines of a married relationship between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9, 1 Corinthians 7:2, etc.).”

Helpful Things You Can Say to Grieving Parents

“These phrases may be helpful to people experiencing other forms of grief, but I offer them particularly for those grieving the loss of a child.”

Connecting the dots

“When you start to join the dots in the Bible, it’s like connecting an electric circuit – the lights come on! You don’t get a better Jesus, but you do get Jesus better.”

Characteristics of a Hardened Heart

“Knowing some of the characteristics of a hardened heart is not enough. Christian love and biblical admonishment will not only expose the hard-hearted but will point them to Christ.”

The Good, Chief, and Great Shepherd

A great wee look at the picture that we get of God as the Shepherd in Scripture.

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