This week has actually been a nice, albeit unintended, break from producing new content. A busy conference schedule and travel will do that. Next week, look for lots of new material. In the meantime, here are a few new Kindle deals (and a few reminders) to get you started:
- The Singing God by Sam Storms—$2.99
- Joni and Ken by Joni Earkeson Tada and Ken Tada—$2.99
- The Most Misused Verses in the Bible by Eric Bargerhuff—$1.99
- James by Craig Blomberg—$2.99
- Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon—$2.99 (a must for any prospective minister)
- Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper—$2.99
- Understanding the Book of Mormon by Ross Anderson—$2.99
- The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steve Lawson—$3.99
- Dispatches from the Front by Tim Keesee—$2.99
- To the Ends of the Earth by Michael Haykin & Jeffrey Robinson Sr.—$2.99
- Churches Partnering Together by Chris Bruno & Matt Dirks—$2.99
- Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs—99¢
- Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus by J. Mack Stiles—$3.99
If you’ve spent any time reading books on Christian ministry then you’ve likely read of your share of horror stories. Ministry is tough. The most difficult part of opposition is not the wounds that come from gospel enemies. The most cutting is when our wounds come from those who should be gospel friends.
I’ve read many books on how to get through the snares of gospel ministry. I’ve only read a couple which speak of the dangers which attend popularity. There are many books for pastors which tell you how to grow a church, how to be a successful small group leader, how to preach compellingly, and much more. Yet, there are only a handful of books which warn you of the dangers of being a popular preacher.
A church member or friend comes to me and says, “I’ve got a job offer in another town,” or “I’m ready to do more education and have applied to a few different schools around the country,” or “We’re shopping for a home.” That’s not surprising for a mobile society. In the 21st century, people often move for jobs, or education, or buying a new home. Long gone are the days when a person stays in the same town and maybe even takes over the family business. The average American is said to move as many as 11 or 12 times in his lifetime, most of which come before his mid-40s.
So for this mobile society I’d like to suggest two principles to consider before moving.
Matt Chandler answers here. What are your thoughts on this?
Jesse Johnson makes some strong points here (does this post qualify for a trigger warning?).
Harris, who was homeschooled, has enrolled at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the fall of 2015. His last day as CLC senior pastor will be in April. He leaves with his church’s blessing.
Harris began his “crazy, backwards life” in high school when he began publishing his own magazine geared toward fellow homeschoolers. He broke onto the national scene in 1997, at the age of 21, when he published I Kissed Dating Goodbye. The book became a runaway hit. Shortly thereafter, Harris connected with C. J. Mahaney, the founder of CLC and Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM).
There are certain habits that are synonymous with spiritual growth. We call these things spiritual disciplines, and they’re things like reading the Bible, praying, fasting, and others. But one habit that doesn’t make the list very often is singing. That’s a bit surprising given how many times in Scripture we aren’t just asked to sing, but commanded to do so. Indeed, it seems that in the Bible, singing is not an option; it’s a command. And maybe even more than being commanded, singing is essential for the life of the disciple. Let me give you a few brief reasons why I believe this to be true.