Snippets from the interweb (2nd September 2018)

A strategy for delaying the baptism of children

This is important for baptists to think about. There is much to commend the view. However, there are counterpoints that bear considering too. But, as a case, it is not a bad one.

Don’t preach a heterosexual gospel

‘God isn’t calling gay people to be straight. You’d think He was by listening to the ways Christians try to encourage same-sex-attracted people within, or outside, their local churches. They dangle the possibility of heterosexual marriage above their heads, point to it like it’s heaven on a string, something to grab and get whole with. And though it’s usually well-meaning, it’s very dangerous.’

A sensitive muzzle

‘We observe an inextricable link between someone’s character and their words, but the solution lies in the transforming work of God’s Spirit within a life submitted to the Lordship of Christ, not in crafting a better, wider muzzle.’

Don’t use prophet, priest and king as a modern leadership typology

‘Over the past couple of decades, this leadership typology has grown increasingly popular among Reformed pastors and church planters. Among the church planters I knew, the triperspectival approach of John Frame and Vern Poythress solidified a typology they heard about at church-planting conferences. At first, I went along with the typology, even as I expressed some reservations about the ways I saw it applied. In particular, it concerned me that caregiving—the supposed “priestly role”—was almost always being delegated to someone else. In some cases, pastors-in-training made it clear that counseling and caring for people’s souls weren’t roles they planned to pursue at all.’

On Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (video)

‘Deeper convictions lead to higher praise.’ Absolutely!

Why making your sermon prep into a routine might make you more efficient

This bears consideration.

From the archive: don’t over-focus on the vocal minority

‘We often believe that the worst thing that can happen is that people get upset and – in the worst cases – up sticks and leave. This has certainly been the operative principle in several churches I have attended. But when we operate this way, the vocal opposition of those who have a tendency to get upset will always win out. This means two particularly problematic things.’