Snippets from the interweb (30th August 2020)

How to love the hard-to-love

I am really enjoying Nancy’s blog. Here she offers some advice on how to love people who you find especially difficult.

Discourse with the foolish

I liked this one: ‘Proverbs 26:4–5 tells us: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” I have to confess that I love these verses. But let’s be honest. Many believers have stumbled over this text and even more have been challenged by unbelievers with this text. Don’t be intimidated. When they challenge you, they have actually opened wide a door for you to talk with them about the futility of unbelief and to talk about a life of purpose and meaning for any and all who come to Christ as their Lord and Savior.’

Why you should (not) learn New Testament Greek

Eddie Arthur looks at why and how Greek can be helpful but encourages us to be realistic about what we are likely to ever know.

Endorsements, do we really need them?

Alistair Chalmers pulls together some thoughts on book endorsements for those publishing and those reading.

Be quiet: Cultivating a gentle spirit in a world that loves noise

‘When it comes to social media, we seem to be taking on all the qualities of the double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. We are blown about by every thought, desire, opinion, and news story, even if it is completely (and quite obviously) fake. It isn’t enough for social media users to shout at the top of their lungs, though. They are now demanding that the rest of us shout, too, or face the consequences. So, if you are feeling pressured by demands to speak, step back from the deafening whirlwind of opinions and consider this: God loves a quiet and gentle spirit.’

10 flavours of works-based salvation

Trusting in our works comes in many forms. Maybe you recognise some of these tendencies in yourself?

From the archive: From mother’s day to Lord’s day

‘It is true that we may not meet together any one time for a whole host of reasons, some inevitably more credible and reasonable than others. But there can be no doubt that our failure to meet conveys something about the importance of what we are doing and signals something about our love of both the people and Lord to whom we belong. Just like forgetting Mother’s Day and the rest implies something about our love and care for a particular individual – even if it is not a finally and ultimately determinate something – so failing to prioritise the meeting together of ourselves implies something about those with whom we meet, even if it’s not finally and ultimately determinate of our feelings towards them.’