Kindle deals for the Christian reader
Here are a number of deals over at Amazon:
Christian living and devotional works:
- George Muller of Bristol by Arthur T. Pierson—$3.98
- Ten Who Changed the World by Daniel Akin—$2.99
- Gospel by JD Greear—$3.49
- A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton—$3.99 US/$4.50 CAD
- Why We’re Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck—$4.99 each
- Practicing Affirmation by Sam Crabtree—$2.99
- Loving the Church by John Crotts—$1.94
- The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss—$1.99
- The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever—$5.99
- Take Words With You by Tim Kerr—$2.99
- The Good Life by Trip Lee—$5.35
- Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken—$4.99
- He Is Not Silent by Albert Mohler—$4.99
- Think by John Piper—$4.55
- The Joy of Calvinism: Knowing God’s Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love by Greg Forster—$4.99
- Entrusted with the Gospel edited by D.A. Carson—$4.99
- Don’t Call It a Comeback edited by Kevin DeYoung—$4.99 (editor)
- Stuff Christians Like by Jonathan Acuff—$2.99 US/$3.38 CAD
- Why Trust the Bible by Timothy Paul Jones—$3.99
- Historical Theology by Greg Allison—$5.99 US/$6.75 CAD
- The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul—free
- Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax—$4.99
- How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Politics – According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem—$4.99 US/$5.62 CAD
- For Calvinism by Michael Horton—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton—$7.59 US/$9.01 CAD
- Worship by the Book edited by D.A. Carson—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Call to Spiritual Reformation, A: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson—$1.96
- James Bannerman’s Church of Christ: Outlined and Abridged with Study Questions by Ryan McGraw—FREE
- Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson and Eric Geiger—$4.01
- The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach by Bryan Chapell—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Center Church by Tim Keller—$5.69 US/$6.75 CAD
- Preaching & Preachers (40th Anniversary Edition) by Martyn Lloyd-Jones—$3.99 US/$4.50 CAD
- A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hansen & John Woodbridge—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- For the City: Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter—$2.99 US/$3.38 CAD
- Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson—$3.79 US/$4.50 CAD
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$4.39
- Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp—$5.99
For many Americans of a certain age, the college admissions process is an oppressive and extraordinarily stressful area of life. It is performancism writ very, very large. One’s entire worth and value as a person is boiled down to a short transcript and application, which is then judged according to a stringent and ever-escalating set of standards. High-school seniors are called upon to justify themselves according to their achievements and interests, and as the top schools have gotten more and more competitive, so has the pressure under which our top students place themselves. Watching the students at our church go through it, not to mention my own kids, it’s hard not to sympathize. They feel that their entire lives are hanging in the balance, that where they go to school will dictate their happiness for years to come. It isn’t, of course, but that’s usually beside the point.
It’s a standard trope: The young seminarian takes his first pastorate. He’s loaded for bear, brimming with theological conviction, eager to love the people. He’s ready to meet the devil on the battlefield. His first year’s sermons are planned. He’s dreaming big, praying hard, and ready to go.
And then he meets it: Torpor. Indifference. Spiritual laziness.
In his vibrant memoir The Pastor, Eugene Peterson reflects on this. In its early days, his church plant drew “A few seasoned saints who kn[e]w how to pray and listen and endure,” but also “a considerable number of people who pretty much just showed up” (128). They were “the lukewarm,” and there were many of them.
In such a situation, facing spiritual lethargy in a congregation, what should a pastor do?
Does it ever seem to you that we Christians have a tendency to regularly flip-flop from one extreme to the other? I notice in my internal thought world, often after preaching a sermon. Five minutes after stepping out of the pulpit, I’m telling myself my sermon was the worst exposition of Scripture ever inflicted upon God’s people and possibly the origin of several new heresies previously unknown in church history. Then one dear, encouraging saint thanks me and I’m patting myself on the back and acting like I’m a George Whitfield Remix. (I exaggerate…slightly.)
Without taking away from Kirsten Powers’ article or the thousands who blogged or tweeted about Gosnell, I believe Mollie Hemingway deserves most of the credit for causing respected journalists to give this story a second look. For example, when Sarah Kliff claimed Gosnell was a local crime story without policy implications, Mollie pressed her on the silliness of that excuse. Later, Sarah admitted she’d been wrong. Newsweek followed suit.
So what did Mollie do right? Several things.