Saturday Snippets (March 19)

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…

The Ten Commandments of a Pastor’s Vacation

I’ve been on holiday this past week, I’ll be honest, I haven’t done all of these ‘commandments’.

The religious to-do list that cripples real growth

“Application doesn’t always have to be ‘go and do’ it can also be ‘go and think’. I don’t mean that we must force people to think in a certain way, but helping people see how the truth of the Bible should challenge our thinking is important.”

New Journal – Expressive Individualism in the Church

A new theological journal, I haven’t read all of the articles yet, but it does look like a very interesting volume!

A Case of Stolen Identity

I always find it interesting to read blog posts that are rebuttals against other articles. Here’s one for you.

A Prayer for the Bereaved

Knowing how to pray in the midst of bereavement is hard, Challies helps you along the way.

Is Every Sin the Same in God’s Eyes?

“The Bible simply doesn’t make sense—not the Mosaic law, not the exile, not church discipline, not the frequent warnings of judgment for certain transgressions—if all sins are equally vile in God’s eyes. In fact, life doesn’t make sense if every sin is the same.”

Two Hundred People Left Our Small Church

“About 200 people have left our small church. The number probably sits closer to 350 when counting their children. But they didn’t leave the way you might expect—no church split or splinter. They left slowly, with neither fanfare nor fireworks. Some, if not most, left without a goodbye. And they left not over seven weeks or seven months, but over the course of seven years.”

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