Snippets from the interweb (25th August 2019)

An elegy for Didcot Power Station

I grew up in the shadow of this place (I was 10 miles West while the writer was 10 miles North). I also happened to be 10 miles away as these towers were being destroyed, and suffered from the power outage that followed. A regular winner of the ‘Carbuncle Cup‘, regardless of how well you liked it, a little bit of the Oxfordshire skyline will now be missing. So long Didcot Power Station.

Non-weird

Here’s a call for ‘non-weird revival’. This piece also briefly outlines the not-quite-cessationist view I hold too.

Grateful

Well, this was nice. Ray Ortlund being Ray Ortlund and retiring like Ray Ortlund would.

What if the lost sheep isn’t an unbeliever?

Andrew Wilson highlights a distinction between Luke and Matthew’s parable of the lost sheep and suggests the different contexts are making two different points.

How to fall… again

‘If you’re a restored church leader—or simply a church member walking in repentance after a fall—you may have some obvious boundaries in place to keep you from the explicit routes back to your old sins. But there are some ways your new life might make you vulnerable to new sins. The Devil is cunning and is perfectly willing to cut you in the left side while you protect your right. How might this happen? What are some ways you might fall again? Here are four.’

3 ways to kill gossip

You have almost certainly suffered the effects of gossip at some point in your church. You may even struggle with that enticing desire to hear tasty bits of gossip. But gossip is a deadly sin that can split, even kill, the church. And it is one that is widely tolerated in Western churches. Here are three ways to kill it.

From the archive: Would that the church was so moved by the plight of the poor

‘We are patted on the back and given a “well done” for our “wonderful ministry” whilst the elephant in the room – our inherent need of human and financial resources due to the constituents we are reaching – is conveniently ignored. Would that the Evangelical church was so moved by the plight of the poor – and the churches seeking to reach them with a gospel that Jesus proclaims as good news particularly for them – as even backbench Tories over universal credit.’