Snippets from the interweb (24th December 2017)

Let your pastor’s wife be herself

‘God calls pastors’ wives into ministry just like He calls pastors. And He uniquely gifts them to do the work He would have them do. Your pastor’s wife may not look or act or be exactly like you expected, but she will be much more likely to flourish in her role if you assume the best of her, if you pray for her instead of criticize.’

Pastor, don’t get cute this Christmas

‘Dear pastor—and I’m reminding myself as much as I’m reminding you—our people don’t need us to find something new. They don’t need empty spiritual bromides. And they don’t need us to brandish our cultural bona fides at Christmas. Our people need the gospel.’

The BBC must remember its Christian roots and stop mocking evangelicals

‘I am not going to argue for the BBC to be a Christian organisation in a Christian country – because it isn’t and we aren’t. But I am going to ask the BBC to do two things.’

Gospel on the One Show (video)

Given David Robertson’s post on the BBC – and in the spirit of BBC attempted balance – it was great to see Hugh Palmer on the One Show. He offers a brief, but very clear, gospel message.

Must Christians believe in the virgin birth?

‘Does belief in the virgin birth make Christians “less intellectual?” Are we saddled with an untenable doctrine? Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth, or is the doctrine an essential component of the Gospel revealed to us in Scripture?’ Al Mohler answers.

The Bible should be available to read in every Christian’s language

Absolutely great to see this in the Guardian: ‘I have a photograph of an old man sitting in church reading from his Kouya New Testament. As a child in colonial times, he would have been beaten for speaking his own language in school; now he can sit and read the scriptures in the language that he chooses.’

From the archive: The obligatory Christmas post

‘The birth and death of Jesus Christ are the two most important episodes documented in scripture. To not celebrate these events does little to indicate Christians are distinct and separate from the world and far more to suggest we don’t think these events matter – which of course, they do!’