Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway just put a bunch of titles on sale for 99¢:
- The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge
- Work Matters by Tom Nelson
- Joy by Lydia Brownback
- The Kingdom of God edited by Morgan and Peterson
Also on sale is D.A. Carson’s A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers for $3.99. Happy reading!
“Hello, I’m in the Ku Klux Klan.”
What no one ever says today.
This racist organization has been so successfully and rightly stigmatized that anyone boasting of membership would be immediately ostracized and isolated.
But we’re moving rapidly towards the day when “Hello, I’m an evangelical Christian,” will have the same consequences.
This tragic development in our culture has a context though, a back-story that’s been developing for decades, and it’s ignorance of the Bible, even among Christians.
For those of us who made it past 25 without a ring on our finger and a bun in the oven, more schooling seemed to be the only option. Slap an MA on the back of our name, we’re still casting sidelong glances at our sisters with misters. Many graduated with honors, fidelity, and an MRS, while most singles are pounding the pavement looking for a job to secure us some semblance of a future.
You ask why we’re a rare breed and I’ll tell you this: we’re not. Well, we are, but that’s just the nature of any conservative position in a swiftly tilting planet. But within the church we’re not all that rare. You don’t hear us talking much, though, and that’s something I’d like to talk about today.
When we come before God, we must remember two simple facts—who He is and who we are. We must remember that we’re talking to the King, the Sovereign One, the Creator, but we are only creatures. If we will keep those facts in mind, we will pray politely. We will say, “By Your leave,” “As You wish,” “If You please,” and so on. That’s the way we go before God. To say that it is a manifestation of unbelief or a weakness of faith to say to God “if it be Your will” is to slander the very Lord of the Lord’s Prayer.
In some Christian traditions they are emphasized to the point of exhaustion; in others they are so diminished as to barely exist at all. Whatever we believe about the spiritual gifts, we at least need to acknowledge that the Holy Spirit gives a great range of gifts to his people and that they are given to glorify God as we use them to serve one another (read 1 Corinthians 12).
Yet since we are sinful people, we can take even the good gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them as a means of discouragement. This can happen in at least two ways: when we envy the gifts given to others or when we assume that others should share our giftings. In his book Accidental Pharisees (which, incidentally, is currently $2.99 on Kindle), Larry Osborne refers to the first of these as gift envy and the second as gift projection.