“The Debate Begins September 26” is the tagline for A Matter of Faith, the newest faith-based film from Christian producer Rich Christiano (Time Changer, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry). Debate is an appropriate word to describe A Matter of Faith. Not only does the idea of debate encompass the main premise of the film—a college freshman torn between six-day creationism and evolution—but also the controversy Faith is already generating.
Placing aside the issue of whether evolution and Christianity can coexist (an entire subject in itself), the film’s trailer presents a number of problems, one of which is the exaltation of triumphalism at the expense of evangelism.
Several years ago–I can’t remember if it was three or four–we experimenting with turning one Sunday evening service a month into a prayer meeting. I’m happy to say the experience stuck and these monthly prayer services have become a highlight of our life together as a church.
Over the past couple years, and especially over the weekend after I tweeted something about our prayer service, I’ve had people ask me what we do at these prayer meetings and what they look like?
Andy Stanley gave a talk last week at Exponential, a church planting conference in Florida, under the theme of “rethinking preaching.” Stanley is a powerful communicator, and his message stimulated a lot of thinking.
I want to summarize Stanley’s message as accurately as possible, and then evaluate the strengths of his approach, as well as some of my concerns.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
Here’s a look at a few new and continuing Kindle deals:
A bunch of books by Thom Rainer are on sale for between $2.99-$4.99, including:
Also on sale:
- Restless In The Home by Chris Canuel—99¢
5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney—$2.99 each
- The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond—FREE
- Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre—99¢
- Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney—$1.99
- Joy by Lydia Brownback—99¢
- Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman—$1.99
- Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson—$2.99
- Everyday Theology—99¢
- Center Church by Tim Keller—$3.99
- The Church by Mark Dever—99¢
- For the City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter—$3.99
- The Final Days of Jesus by Justin Taylor and Andreas Köstenberger—99¢
- Knots Untied by J.C. Ryle—99¢
- What’s Your Worldview by James Anderson—99¢
- Old Story New by Marty Machowski—52¢
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones—$3.99
- Made for More by Hannah Anderson—$2.99
- How Long, O Lord by D.A. Carson—$3.49
- Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian—99¢
- Finishing Our Course with Joy by J.I. Packer—99¢
- Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson—99¢
Today you can get the ePub edition of one of our favorite children’s books, The Lightlings by RC Sproul, for $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (hardcover)
- A Survey of Church History, part 3 teaching series by W. Robert Godfrey (audio & video download)
- The Last Days According to Jesus teaching series by R.C. Sproul (DVD)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
Last week I wrote about a new documentary on Kermit Gosnell and the media cover-up surrounding his trial and crimes. The crowdfunding campaign—one of the biggest ever attempted—is nearly at its 2.1 million dollar goal. Can you spare $5 and bring it over the top?
Here’s the first of Alastair Roberts’ eleven:
1. Confession of the creed is not just about faith, but is an exercise of faith. The creed, while being an expression of true doctrine, involves us adopting a committed posture of trust in the God whose identity we declare. It brings together faith as a subjective disposition and commitment relative to an identified God with faith as the objective deposit and integral act of the Church throughout its history.