Kindle deals for Christian readers
Here are a whole whack of new Kindle deals for you:
- Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie—FREE
- The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper—99¢ (also available as this month’s free audiobook at Chrsitianaudio.com)
- Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper—99¢
- PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones—$2.99
- Game Day for the Glory of God by Stephen Altrogge—99¢
- God With Us by K. Scott Oliphant—$2.99
- Luke by J.C. Ryle—$2.99
- On Guard by William Lane Craig—$4.99
- Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace—$4.99
- One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian—$4.99
- Live Like a Narnian by Joe Rigney—99¢
- The 3 Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield—99¢
- What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life by Edward Welch—$2.51
- How People Change by Paul Tripp and Timothy S. Lane—$2.99
- Great Commission Obedience by Jerry Rankin—99¢
- A Challenge to Great Commission Obedience by Jerry Rankin—$2.99
- Eternal Impact by Ken Hemphill—$2.99
- The Sending Church by Pat Hood—$2.99
- Effective Evangelistic Churches by Thom Rainer—$2.99
- When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—$2.99
- Ten Who Changed the World by Daniel Akin—99¢
- Doxology and Theology by Matt Boswell—$3.99
- Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay—99¢
- Lost and Found by Ed Stetzer—$2.99
- Own It by Michael and Hayley DiMarco—$4.99
- Forgotten Songs by Ray Van Neste and Richard Wells—$2.99
- Theology and Practice of Mission by Bruce Ashford—$2.99
- The Christ of Christmas by Calvin Miller—$2.99
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by JD Greear—$2.99
Now is also a good time to preorder a couple of new books: It Is Finished: 365 Days of Good News by Tullian Tchividjian (with Nick Lannon) for $8.75 and The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption by Matt Chandler (with Jared C. Wilson) for $7.99.
We all know that you can start a wildfire on social media, and that posting something online is more or less a permanent action. We may be thankful that some of our dumber moments are as yet uncovered, forgotten or deleted without causing any uproar among our friends. We don’t like to acknowledge that those posts just might be getting spread by total strangers, right now, to thousands and thousands of people, without our knowledge.
Harboring hatred, lust, or envy for someone internally is defined as sin that parallels the outward forms of murder, adultery, and theft. This denies any pretense that being cruel to someone where they can’t see it is somehow excusable.There is a growing trend of what I want to call online “hidden bullying.” Off-line, it’s common and typically harmless to witness something strange (or worse) from a stranger in public, and to then relay the weird details to a friend. If a guy with a bowl haircut throws a tantrum at a restaurant, my wife is going to know about it when I get home. We have an abundance of these moments that have been passed around (and likely exaggerated) and stored in our memories, a humorous collection of the guy that did x or the woman that said y–characters we know, but wouldn’t recognize on the street. When the same thing happens online, however, the effect is amplified, and the face and name stay with the story.
It is tragic but undeniable: There are many, many people in positions of church leadership who should not be in positions of church leadership. There are many pastors who should not be pastors, many elders who have no business being elders.
This is not a new problem. In the pages of the New Testament both Paul and Peter labor to describe the man who is qualified to the office of elder. It is noteworthy that almost all of these qualifications are related to character. Where we are drawn to outward skill, God cares far more for inward character. There are millions of men who are great teachers and great leaders and great C.E.O.’s, but still completely unsuited to leadership in the church. God’s standards are very, very different.
Public school districts in the United States do not prioritize dance over, say, math. This is not, however, a mere accident of history. The current education system arose out of the industrial revolution as a means to supply factories with a skilled and literate workforce. Since this economy did not value all talents equally, though, subjects useful to industrial work were prioritized over “less important” work. Today, this hierarchy remains. “At the top are mathematics and languages,” Robinson says, “then the humanities, and the bottom are the arts.”
This is a false hierarchy because the arts and math—though obviously different in their economic contributions—are equally valuable in God’s oikonomia. They engage different parts of who we are—math engages our scientific, analytical, and logical reason, while the arts help us to socially, emotionally, and morally connect with others, including God. See the psalms and David’s use of poetry and music, for example, to awaken his heart to God.
If George Lucas made Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Someone decided to have some fun with the trailer for the new Star Wars movie: