Snippets from the interweb (3rd June 2018)

How Bishop Curry’s sermon revealed the four Evangelical tribes

David Robertson highlights how the Royal Wedding sermon has opened up a faultline within Evangelicalism. Here he outlines how it has played out.

Italy is now a post-democratic colony of the EU: the ballot box no longer works

In light of my comments earlier this week regarding abortion in Northern Ireland, here is a case in point of how Italy is being ignored by its elites. This sort of thing simply cannot end well.

The best “going off to college” counsel I heard

Here is some sage advice for those shortly going off to university for the first time.

What is my calling (and is that even a good question)?

Kevin DeYoung is on form here. ‘I worry that by emphasizing the need for a supernatural hear-from-the-Lord call to ministry, we end up convincing some people that ministry and missions are for them (when they aren’t), while unintentionally leading other people (who should be serving a church or overseas) to conclude that they can’t sign up without a special word from God.’

The Christian origins of victimhood culture

‘ One more thing that is worth noticing about the rise of victimhood culture… is how far it reflects an essentially Christian moral imagination.’

A word about criticism from anonymous sources

‘I can remember as a young man hearing my pastor talk about what he does with anonymous letters. He ignores them. And now I get it. They are acts of cowardice written by someone who doesn’t wish to be accountable for his own criticism (and such letters typically are critical). Such communiques are not written from love but from self-preservation. Their anonymity seems to be a mark against the character of the sender. How can they be trusted? Indeed, they are contemptible.’

From the archive: Misunderstanding Young Earth Creationism and the “literal” hermeneutic

‘Let me suggest a better way, a way with which I suspect most people would be happy. Anybody, with whatever views they will, can present anything they want. The BBC would have no need to check that presenters do not share the views of David Icke or subscribe to the Communist Party or think eugenics might be a good idea. All that would matter is whether that presenter can present information without letting those views impact upon their presentation. If they can fairly and impartially read the auto-cue without slipping in various references to intergalactic reptoids, they will have done their job. The test, insofar as the BBC need to have one at all, is whether they read the news impartially.’