This series of films from HeadHeartHand Media presents five Christians with five very different stories of depression and of how God gave them hope and help to recover. Each 35-40 minute episode tells the story of one such Christian. Their reflections are intercut with interview footage from six counselors representing a wide range of Christian knowledge and experience. While the pain of depression is evident, the overall tone is hopeful and practical.
When I started to read the Bible it was to critique it, embarking on a research project on the Religious Right and their hatred against queers, or, at the time, people like me. A neighbor and pastor, Ken Smith, became my friend. He executed the art of dying: turning over the pages of your heart in the shadow of Scripture, giving me a living testimony of the fruit of repentance. He was a good reader—thorough, broad, and committed. Ken taught me that repentance was done unto life, and that abandoning the religion of self-righteousness was step number one. The Holy Spirit equipped me to practice what Ken preached, and one day, my heart started to beat to the tempo of my Lord’s heart. A supernatural imposition, to be sure, but it didn’t stop there.
Stephen McCaskell’s got a new Spurgeon book coming out—Spurgeon’s Calvinism:
Spurgeon’s Calvinism is a Charles Spurgeon book unlike any other, compiling the Prince of Preacher’s teaching on the doctrines which he called a shorthand for the gospel itself. The book will officially launch in April with a foreword from Conrad Mbewe, but I’m making 200 copies available now for $25.
With each purchase, you’ll receive a signed edition of Spurgeon’s Calvinism and you’ll be helping make the upcoming documentary, Through the Eyes of CH Spurgeon!
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Zondervan’s put some excellent resources on a number of topics on sale for $3.99. Get as many as you can:
- The Spectrum of Evangelicalism
- Four Views on the Lord’s Supper
- The Millennium and Beyond
- Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology
- Four Views on The Apostle Paul
- Four Views on the Historical Adam
- Four Views on the Book of Revelation
- Four Views on Christian Spirituality
- Three Views on Creation and Evolution
- Four Views on Divine Providence
- Five Views on Law and Gospel
- Four Views on God and Canaanite Genocide: Show Them No Mercy
- Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism
- Evaluating The Church Growth Movement
- Exploring the Worship Spectrum
- Four Views on Hell
- Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
- Three Views on Remarriage After Divorce in Today’s Church
- Five Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World
- Five Views on Sanctification
- Who Runs The Church?
- Two Views on Women in Ministry
- Five Views on Apologetics
- Four Views on Miraculous Gifts
- Four Views on Baptism
- Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
Also on sale:
- The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate by John H Walton—$2.85
- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware—$1.99
- Dig Deeper by Nigel Beynon & Andrew Sach—$1.99
- Feelings and Faith by Brian Borgman—$1.99
- Fools Gold? by John MacArthur—$1.99
- Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99
- Flood by Design by Mike Oard—$2.99
Book reviewers take note: Crossway’s relaunched their book review program, Beyond the Page. Here are the details:
We created Beyond the Page because we know that good books can shape our thinking, challenge our assumptions, and spur us to action—in every area of life. Our hope is that the books you’re reading and the reviews you’re writing will reach out beyond the page to impact lives for the sake of the gospel.
This digital-only review program is currently open to active bloggers. Participants can request up to 12 e-books per year in exchange for honest reviews posted on their blog and one other website. Reviewers are encouraged to engage with the book’s content and go “beyond the page” with their review, making particular application to their own life and ministry.
I am fairly tech-savvy, but I’ll be honest. I’m not a fan of texting. I do it, of course. It’s become a common means to communicate for certain things, so I’m on it. But I don’t have to like it. However, texting began to look different to me as my good friend, Matthew Molesky, started sending me what I call “sabbath texts.”
My son believed God’s Word when he heard it preached from 2 Thessalonians. Like most of us, some things he forgets, some things lodge themselves deep in his soul where they germinate over time, and some things arrest his imagination so that he can’t think about anything else. If for some reason the pastor mentioned volcanoes, for example, he would think about that. If the pastor mentioned a bad guy, he would think about that.
This Sunday there was a bad guy in the text. My son Carson heard it, his imagination went to work, and his response made God’s harder promises more real to our family.