Today is the last day to get these books on church planting from Crossway:
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- Churches Partnering Together by Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks—$3.99
Also consider John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology edited by Burk Parsons while it’s free.
The Scriptures speak loudly and clearly about racism and the creation of this radical new people of God where cultural and ethnic barriers are obliterated by the gospel. There is no place for racism (no matter the color your skin) within the new people of God. Likewise, there is no place for an idolatrous impulse to defend my race against yours. The Scriptures tell us that as believers our shared union with Christ is deeper than any other bond. It is the core of our identity. And it is only within the redemption of Christ that racial harmony is truly achieved.
Yet many pulpits will be silent on Sunday.
This article by Thomas Kidd is a couple years old, but it’s worth your time:
There is an overwhelming sense among Christians in the West that we are not only in a time of cultural decline, but that it is gaining pace. If that’s true, how should Christians pray?
There may in fact be a lesson to learn about praying from our colonial forbears: perhaps God cares less about our efforts at moral reform than he cares about hearts that belong to him.
It is hard for busy moms to find time to get into the Word. Kids don’t necessarily understand that you need a quiet time. Here are some steps you can take to stay consistent in the Word.
Now I’m literally never bored. It’s actually kind of pathetic. If I have more than 3 seconds of free time, I’ x m on my phone, scoping out Facebook, reading headlines on ESPN, comparing my life to other people’s on Instagram. I am SUBSCRIBED TO 28 PODCASTS (even I can see that’s ridiculous). Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and the cable login I “borrow” from my friend, I have 343 years of television to catch up on. Because I have the impulse control skills of a small circus monkey, I am constantly purchasing $2.99 books for my Kindle, not because I’ll read them but because, honestly, who can pass up such a deal?
The cycle of hate, violence, bigotry, and prejudice has always been the thread that runs throughout our human history. Mankind, left to its own devices, will always tend towards hostility against one another. This is part of our sinful human nature that stretches back to the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3 tells us how and when sin entered our human existence, resulting in a broken relationship with God and broken relationships between humans. This is why right after the Fall, we see in Genesis 4 a man killing his own brother in anger. This is also why today, when we hear of more hatred and killing, we can feel almost numb to it. The horror seems to never end. From San Bernardino to Paris, Belgium to Istanbul, Orlando and Baton Rouge to Minnesota and Dallas–hate and prejudice always perpetuates a cycle of anger, hostility and violence.
Within hours, the politicians and the pundits will come up with the latest round of agenda-driven divisive solutions. Even if some have merit, where is the trusted leader and statesman to lead the nation in a wise and winning way?
The Christian response is to weep, love, and pray.
Here is where a pastor and two sociologists are helping me. God is using their words to help slow the pace of my heart when I can’t control the pace of the world around me. While there is nothing new under the sun, these are concepts I’m asking the Lord to help me truly learn and put into practice.