Snippets from the interweb (6th September 2020)

The fallout from Falwell

David Robertson looks at some of the fallout from the Jerry Falwell Jr scandal.

Educate yourself

I co-sign this one: ‘If you find the frequency of the phrase “educate yourself” rather grating, you might find Sahil Handa helpful. I’ve regularly urged people to read, watch and listen to materials which will increase their awareness of racial issues, and I will continue to. But I also think Handa is right that “educate yourself” has become a nauseating conversation-stopper in some circles, especially online, and that it contains some assumptions which need critique.’

There is a pandemic

Ryan King: ‘I am bewildered by those UK churches with their own buildings that could very well have begun formally regathering from 05 July but did not and still have not done so. I am also confused by the tendency toward over-compliance, bending over backwards to obey things that are not legally demanded or even in some cases even suggested. Responding to non-legislated, binding, or enforceable government guidance with, “Is it even worth gathering at all” is nothing less than bizarre. The lack of a driven pastoral work ethic, clear vision, or creative problem solving is a terrible indictment on the state of spiritual leadership in our nation. These are problems in the UK context that must be addressed. But there is another ditch that we daren’t fall into, which seems to be more appealing to those who already share many of my aforementioned concerns. UK Christian friends, especially those in some form of church leadership, please do not be sucked into the partisan posturing of anti-pandemic/lockdown voices coming from the USA.’

When to say no

I’ve really appreciated this series on hospitality. This final post in the series takes a look at whether it’s ever appropriate to say ‘no’ to hospitality and, if so, when and – more importantly – why.

Do you know your leader?

I’ve been thinking about personality tests and traits lately. This one is in a similar vein. How well do you know your leader? Knowing will help you work more effectively with them.

What kind of turning point?

Despite what many want to claim about learning from the past (and we can learn from the past), trying to predict the future based on past events is fraught with difficulties. Mark Noll: ‘Misguided confidence in the ability to predict, and thereby control, the future has been perpetual.’

From the archive: A view from China (Part IV)

This was the final post in a four part series. It is best read in conjunction with the three preceding posts. ‘China is often referenced as a paragon of Evangelical growth. Whilst there is no doubt growth going on in this place, it often feels as though the West views China through rose-tinted spectacles. The truth is, gospel growth is hard everywhere. The various superficial reasons people give for coming to church here are similar to those you often find in the UK. The statistics show a similar percentage of people coming to faith in China as you see in the UK. Please continue to pray for China because we need as much prayer for gospel advance as the West.’