Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today’s the final day of Cruciform Press’ 5 books/5 days sale. Get these titles for 99¢ each:
- Does God Listen to Rap?: Christians and the World’s Most Controversial Music by Curtis “Voice” Allen
- Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics by Joe Coffey
- Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life by Jimmy Davis
- Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer by Paul Tautges
- Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert Martin
A few others that on sale include:
- Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites by Bradley Wright—$3.99
- The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson—$1.99 (ends July 24)
- Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul—$3.99 (ends July 24)
- Reasons for Belief by Norman Geisler—$1.99 (ends July 23)
- Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson—$1.99
- Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler—$2.99
- To Live is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler and Jared Wilson—$2.99
- Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Thomas Miller—$1.99
On the first day of the semester, or the first time I hear a student preach, I have no way of knowing if he has what it takes or is willing to do what he must to be the preacher he needs to be, but I can usually tell by the second sermon if he does, because that is when he has to act on what I told him after his first sermon.
What makes the difference?
I’ve been working in youth ministry in some capacity for roughly eight years, and this is one of the most common questions I’ve fielded from young Christians: “How can (insert boyfriend/girlfriend) and I have a Christian dating relationship? How do we keep it centered on Christ?” As often I’ve heard it, I still love the the heart behind the question. A couple of youngins’ get to dating, and they want to “do it right.” They realize that God is concerned with every aspect of our lives, including our romantic involvements, so they’ve resolved to have a “Christian” dating relationship and sought guidance.
Jonathan Leeman (quoting from his excellent book Church Membership) identifies the characteristic behaviors of leaders we should not submit to, but flee from.
What does it mean, then, to be “Gospel-centered”?
As far as I can tell the phrase is used in two basic ways. One is to view all of life in light of the Gospel. We’ll call this a Gospel-centered worldview. The other is to view Christian progress as dependent on the Gospel. We’ll call this Gospel-centered growth. The first looks out; the second looks in. Take Gospel-centered worldview first.
I read an article the other day that is still bothering me. I think that it captures a lie that many men and women believe about beauty and love. A 59-year-old wrote it, but this is the same problem I see in 18-year-olds.