Kindle deals for Christian readers
This week, Crossway’s put four terrific books on the gospel on sale:
- Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson—$1.99
- The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler with Jared C. Wilson—$2.99
- The Gospel as Center edited by Timothy Keller & D. A. Carson—$2.99
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund—$3.99
Tyndale’s made Because We Are Called to Counter Culture, a booklet based on David Platt’s latest book free for the next couple days. Also consider The Allegory of Love by CS Lewis ($2.99), the Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life by John Calvin (99¢) and Different by Design by Carrie Sandom ($3.99).
Ray Ortlund nails it (which is no surprise).
I just want to be completely clear about this: If you are harmed by Christian culture to the point that you have given up on Christianity altogether, I get that. If you find Christian truth claims to be negative and harmful, that’s fair enough. I wouldn’t want to make any claims about how you deal with your struggles. You may do whatever you want.
But groups like these have engendered a culture that identifies as Christian, yet despises the Church. They have led fellow Christians to hate and despise their brothers and sisters for the sake of “venting.” But Christians are held to a different standard, one that results in edification and unity for the sake of the Church. To struggle with that standard is understandable, but to reject it altogether is giving up, on the Church, on the teachings of Christ, and on your own spiritual sanctification.
This is very interesting. Notice that Canada completely disappears.
On Friday, the ChristianExaminer published an article with the following headline:
“Southern Baptist ethicist says Alabama judges must uphold gay marriage law or resign.”
The Christian ethicist referred to here is Dr. Russell Moore. Despite this deliciously clickbait headline, this implies a position that Dr. Moore does not hold.
It is my conviction that a gospel-centered Christian cannot function without their own tribe, clan, and family. It is not enough that you belong to the Christian “nation” (the body of Christ universal). Christians grounded in the gospel will have their roots nourished in the life-giving community God intends for them to flourish in grace. If you were to be identified today, could it be said that your existence as a Christian is defined by who you belong to? Who’s your family? Who’s your clan? Who’s your tribe?