Snippets from the interweb (19th August 2018)

The church needs fewer men who feel “called” to the ministry

‘We need fewer men who feel “called to ministry” and more men who aspire to the office of elder. But if we dump the language of calling, how do we know if we should pursue ministry? Here are five indicators.’

The sin of pride

Adrian Reynolds is really helpful here. He looks at a catastrophic episode in British military history and shows how pride was effectively the reason behind it. This has much to say to us in the church and those of us in leadership would do well to acknowledge when we have made mistakes rather than bombing on, heaping Pelion upon Ossa just to cover our backs.

When a church offers you a submarine

Duncan Forbes draws a lesson for the church from the Thai cave rescue and Elon Musk’s insistence that they use his submarine. ‘We go to a well known church leader for help. This leader knows nothing about our particular type of ministry but immediately starts dictating how we should do ministry. We say that we’re only asking for a little financial help (like Paul asked churches), but get told, “No, what you really need is a submarine! And we’ll run it!”‘

Be careful what you wish for

‘The disgrace of a low-profile pastor in a small church has a devastating impact – on a small number of people. The fall of a mega-ministry creates a much larger wave. That’s a big responsibility to live with.’

How do we ground human rights?

‘Everybody loves human rights. But do they have any grounding, any logical basis other than the fact that they are popular?’ Andrew Wilson, by way of Nicholas Wolterstorff, offers an answer.

Perth’s Pride; Perth’s shame

David Robertson offers some thoughts on the Perth’s first Pride Parade and discusses the logical consequences of those who affirm it in the church and those who do not. Also telling is this follow up article in which he details the push back he has received and the tactics used to close down any discussion on this issue.

From the archive: The number one reason youth leave the church

‘The lure of the world is as great among adults as it is teenagers. Nor do teenagers leave the church because there are not enough programmes for them. At best, in certain cases, young people may leave your church and begin attending another one in which they feel they might be better served. This doesn’t account for why they drift off altogether. The reality is that the number one reason young people drift off from the church is because they are not believers.’