Jennifer A. Marshall:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last night vetoed what should have been a straightforward religious freedom bill. Minor clarifications to existing law got lost in an avalanche of gross mischaracterization as national pundits predicted the bill would usher in a “homosexual Jim Crow” regime with rampant denial of services by business owners to gays and lesbians.
The development is a stunning sign of increasing intolerance of basic protections for religious liberty. Actually, the Arizona bill would have given legal recourse to religious entities that decline to participate in celebrating same-sex relationships.
Book deals for busy people
Over at Westminster Books, they’re offering great deals on two new books on work and the Christian life when you buy five or more copies of each:
- The Gospel at Work by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert (which I reviewed this week) is on sale for $9 ($11 when buying less than five)
- What’s Best Next by Matt Perman is on sale for $10 ($11 when buying less than five)
And still on sale over at Amazon are the following books from Crossway:
- A Loving Life by Paul Miller—$5.99
- God in the Whirlwind by David Wells—$5.99
- Finishing Our Course with Joy by J.I.Packer—$3.99
- What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson—$4.99 (which I reviewed a couple weeks back)
This is fascinating.
For a while, we floundered. With three small children, it was easy to find excuses not to go. It was hard to find a church where we felt it was safe. Considering how easily the pastor had kept his charismatic tendencies quiet, only revealing them slowly, we were gun shy. Once you start getting out of the habit, it becomes easier and easier to stay home. That was a very spiritually dry time for me. Even when we settled down in a church and attended fairly often, my heart wasn’t in it. We went mostly for the kids. When you have small children and start skipping church regularly, it sends a message.
Today you can get The Consequences of Ideas teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio & video download) for $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- Feed My Sheep by various authors (hardcover)
- Blood Work by Anthony Carter (ePub + MOBI)
- Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt (hardcover)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
As Christians continue to debate to what extent they can be involved with gay weddings, advocates for participation as no-big-deal have been hurrying to the Gospels to look for a Jesus who is pretty chill with most things. It’s certainly great to go the Gospels. Can’t go wrong there. Just as long as we don’t ignore his denunciations of porneia (Mark 7:21), and as long as we don’t make Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John our canon within the Canon. For Jesus himself predicted that the Holy Spirit would come and unpack all the truth about the Father and the Son (John 16:12-15). The revelation of the Son of God was not limited to the incarnation, but included the pouring out of the Spirit of Jesus and the subsequent testimony written down by the Messiah’s Spirit-inspired followers.