Kindle deals for Christian readers
Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ by Warren W. Wiersbe is free through the end of the day (I reviewed this one a few years back here). Also on sale:
- John Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke—$5.99
- John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken—$5.99
- The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield—99¢
- Dying Thoughts by Richard Baxter—99¢
- Day of Atonement by David DeSilva for $3.99
I gather on a monthly basis with all the managers in the division that I lead for a time of training. A few months ago I asked Faith Whatley, our director of adult ministry, to train and offer insights on men and women serving alongside one another. Faith has been serving at LifeWay for 20+ years and is well respected as a godly woman and an extremely effective leader.
Following an act of violent abuse, a Christian wife should first turn to the police. We definitely support calling her pastor, too, but only after calling the police.
I don’t normally like open letters (even when I occasionally write them), but this one by Marty Duren’s well worth your time.
The global hair care market is estimated to be worth $81 billion dollars in 2015, with a large part of that being spent on various gels that shape and control the hair. All that money to beautify ourselves and make us more attractive to others!
But there’s a free “hair gel” that can make us more attractive and beautiful, not just to others but to God.
My concern is that some in their thirst and need for grace fashion an idol out of grace. Though we should make much of grace, we should not make too much of grace. Fundamentally, as Watson says above, grace makes a poor Christ. It is no Christ at all. Grace is an instrument of God. It is an abstract idea that describes a relationship. It is an attribute of God, so a facet of him for sure. But you cannot worship the part in substitute for the whole. Then you make less of who God is. Grace, I would say, is more than a thing but certainly less than a person, and it’s only a person that saves, the person, Christ (1 Th. 5:9). I am fascinated by how Watson refers to grace as a creature.