Many young church planters listen to other preachers as part of their “commentary work.” I almost never do this. It is a great temptation when you are younger, but you can fall into the trap of never finding your own voice. You end up becoming an echo of famous preachers, and with social media working like it does, your people know. It’s sad to me that almost every young church planter I hear sounds remarkably similar to Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll or Matt Chandler. I never want to hear “Jesus is the true and better” from a ‘twentysomething’ pastor again. We are better off wrestling with God and crying out for wisdom than leaning on podcasts because we haven’t taken the proper time to prepare.
Black Friday’s coming…
…but I won’t say something that’ll make Jon Acuff scream.
Tomorrow I’ll be putting out a list of as many great deals as I come across. For now, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
The Good Book Company has a great Cyber Monday sale (running from midnight tonight until midnight December 2). 50 percent off Tim Keller’s Galatians for You and Judges for You, 50 percent off Christianity Explored DVDs, and a whole bunch more.
Amazon’s Black Friday deals are already in full swing. You’ll find a good mix of “oh my goodness, I could actually use that!” and “seriously, who would actually use that?!?” items.
Missional Wear’s fall sale is on until December 1. Use coupon code “FALLSALE” when purchasing.
Christianbook.com also have a pretty big selection of items on sale this weekend. It’s mix is much like that of Amazon’s.
Crossway will be running a Cyber Monday sale from December 2-5 for Impact Members. If you’re not an American, though, you’ll have to sit this one out.
Shepherd Press has all their eBooks on sale for $1.99 (although that’s more or less their standard practice); they’re also offering four audiobooks for $4.99 instead of $14.99 (Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Red Like Blood, and Everyday Talk).
Researchers say that the reason the wife’s emotional regulation matters most in a marriage is due to gender stereotypes that make wives bear the burden of managing emotion in relationships, while men are given a pass because they are so emotionally illiterate!
However, researchers express hope that if their sample had included younger couples, there would have been a more enlightened and less stereotypical outcome because younger men have been “enculturated” to be more emotionally intelligent. (Assuming that the youngsters don’t just give up and bail on one another at the first argument.)