You may think you are the most progressive, nonjudgmental, hip, non-legalistic cool Christian out there, but you have a line somewhere. The question is, where do you draw it and on what basis? If I say that I take my code of right and wrong from the Bible, that may sound a bit archaic or old-fashioned. Fine. So where do you get yours? Is it the consensus of the prevailing culture? That’s fine, but here is the problem with a majority-opinion type of value system. It depends on the goodness, the virtue, the character of the culture.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Here are a few recent Kindle deals that have come up on my radar:
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- Jesus: The Only Way to God–Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? by John Piper—$4.41
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- Basic Christianity by John Stott—$3.58
- Awakening to a World of Need by Tim Chester—$2.99
- Gossip and the Gospel by Timothy Williams—97¢
- Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever—$4.85
- Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper—98¢
- Love Gives Life: A Study of 1 Corinthians 13 by Evan May—96¢
- Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer—$4.41
Joel Miller, commenting on David Brooks’ June 13 column in the New York Times:
Brooks’ error was embarrassing, yes. But the more troubling fault is that it went unflagged by the Times fact checkers. “[M]ultiple people,” says Peppard, “read over this sentence, and not one of them stopped the error. What that reveals is profound: the staff at the Times is not as secular as we think they are. They are even more secular than we think they are.”
Jared Wilson is an introvert and a pastor, which in some circles is an irreconcilable paradox. So how exactly does a pastor wisely lead people when his energy is so quickly depleted by being around people?
This is one of many topics Jared Wilson addresses in his forthcoming book for pastors: The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (Crossway, July 31).
I put Wilson on the line to talk with him about introverts in the ministry, especially their strengths and pitfalls. We started by talking about his ministry and how gospel-centrality became a reality for him. Then we talked about the insecurity many pastors feel in their role. We spent the remainder of the time talking about “introversion,” what the word means, how pastoral ministry can force extroverted expectations on the pastor, and, on the other hand, how the “introvert” label can become a trump card excuse for laziness. He shares advice for pastors who are more comfortable in their study than in the fellowship hall. We talk about how introverts can protect the time they need to recharge, and he explores questions that introverts who are possibly called to the ministry need to ask early on.