Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today’s the last day to get these titles in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series for $5.99 each:
- The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest
- He Who Gives Life by Graham A. Cole
- No One Like Him by John S. Feinberg
- Sojourners and Strangers by Gregg R. Allison
- To Know and Love God by David K. Clark
Also on sale is Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan for $2.60.
How Age of Ultron should have ended (part one)
And just for fun…
David W. Jones:
No matter what name is used, the essence of this message is the same. Simply put, this “prosperity gospel” teaches that God wants believers to be physically healthy, materially wealthy, and personally happy. Listen to the words of Robert Tilton, one of its best-known spokesmen: “I believe that it is the will of God for all to prosper because I see it in the Word, not because it has worked mightily for someone else. I do not put my eyes on men, but on God who gives me the power to get wealth.” Teachers of the prosperity gospel encourage their followers to pray for and even demand material flourishing from God.
Glad to see this update on my friend Joey’s family and ministry (and that he’ll be staying in the Chicago area for a while).
The Bible says, “If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21). This is a big part of the power of the gospel.
Horatius Bonar painted that picture with greater detail after observing the kind of “vessels” God clearly used with divine power. Writing the preface to John Gillies’ Accounts of Revival, Bonar proposed that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival stand out in nine ways.
Maybe it reflects the limits of my own experience, but it’s been my observation that nowadays fewer followers of Jesus pause like this at the beginning of a meal to give thanks for what they are about to eat.
This seems to be true for individuals and for families, at home and in public.
Why the decline? As with all Christian practices and disciplines, unless each successive generation is taught the reason for something, it soon devolves into mere a routine, then an empty tradition, and then disuse.