Today there are lots of books on sale for the Kindle:
- Atheism Remix by Albert Mohler—$3.99
- Is Jesus the Only Way? by Philip Ryken—$3.99
- Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz—$4.99
- Reasons for Faith by Norman Geisler and Chad Meister—$4.99
- How to Be An Atheist by Mitch Stokes—$5.99
- What’s Best Next by Matt Perman—$3.99
- Raised? by Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson—$2.99
- PROOF by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones—$3.99
- Know the Creeds and Councils by Justin Holcomb—$3.99
- The God I Don’t Understand by Christopher H Wright—$3.99
- Becoming Worldly Saints by Michael Wittmer—$3.99
- The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission by John Dickson—$3.99
We live in a Twitter world. Instantaneous information. Quick gratification. Faster food. Microwave relationships. Multi-tasking tasking. We have been conditioned to believe that everything must happen now. That means that patience is bucking the entire culture around us. And yet patience is one of the fruits the Holy Spirit produces in our lives – one of the qualities of Christ-likeness that God is building in us day after day as we walk in obedience and intimacy with Him.
It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ.
As simple as it is, such an amazing story is worth examining deeper.
This is a fun flowchart.
Prayer is verbal interaction. In the mere handful of psalms that have no obvious verbal cue, a psalm might speak about human destinies in relation to God (e.g., Ps. 1), or God himself might be the one speaking (e.g., Ps. 110). Our audible response is then the most natural thing in the world.
Humans enjoyed mastery over the animal kingdom, but slave owners presumed to treat humans like a cow or horse. Not only did the slaves have to live at the command of another, but they could be bought and sold like any other market item. How could a rational being, created in God’s image, be given a man-made “price”? This cruelty was what nineteenth-century observers called the “chattel principle”—treating a God-made human like transferable property. It made slavery fundamentally sinful and arrogant.
David Qaoud shares some helpful stuff here.
It is possible for a person to respond to exposed sin with faith and repentance in a ‘textbook’ way. That could be a good sign. But it could also be a bad sign! They could be doing what they needs to do or ought to do to be regain their position in the community. They could even be responding to their sin in the ‘right’ way with motives that are self-righteous. Even confession can be a form of self-righteousness! So it is sometimes helpful to move the language away from forensic categories to affective categories (or at least to ensure the latter are included). So the issue is not just what they do or even what they believe. The issue is also what they love. Without this affective dimension mere assent might be confused with faith. As Jesus asks Peter, ‘Do you love me more than these?’
Bringing back the backlist: Why aren’t unknown pastors headlining Christian conferences?
We’re all equal in Christ, after all. Those who are more obscure in their ministry have as much to say (sometimes even more) than those who are extremely well known. So why do our conferences seem to focus primarily on the latter group? What’s the deal?
Why aren’t unknown pastors speaking at big events? The answer is actually pretty simple: it’s because you wouldn’t go if they did.