Today is the last day to get these books on sale from Crossway:
- What Is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk—$3.99
- Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand & Jay Thomas—$3.99
- Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J.Mahaney—$4.99
- Sex and Money by Paul Tripp—$5.99
- Truth Matters by Andreas Köstenberger—$2.99
- What Every Christian Ought to Know to Grow by Adrian Rogers—99¢
- Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey—$2.99
I wasn’t surprised by the big reaction to my recent post “Top 10 Things I Wish Worship Leaders Would Stop Saying” because I know that the subject is a particular hot button for evangelicals. And while I think too often we inappropriately insulate our preferences/traditions from criticism, I am of course sensitive to the request for a more positive, proactive help. I’ve actually written quite a bit on worship, both online and in print—The Prodigal Church and my Gospel Coalition church resource Gospel Shaped Worship are the most notable examples—but new readers triggered by yesterday’s blog post are not likely to be familiar with that work. I was already planning on writing the list below but decided to hasten its appearing. Here’s to hoping this list reaches the same audience as the last.
I really appreciated reading this.
Just as higher resolutions produce a clearer view of the world, so more focused attention on our God will produce a clearer worldview. Very little on TV is worth seeing clearly, but we will not survive without a clear vision of our great God. When you preach, show God in high definition.
Karen Swallow Prior reviews Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping: A Novel:
Housekeeping is a book steeped in biblical imagery and Christian theology. The literalist unable or unwilling to distinguish between the language of divine inspiration and the language of human metaphor may stumble over passages like this, one that makes the heart of the poetry lover soar.
I heard these words a few times as a youth pastor, when I was just cutting my teeth in ministry, and I absolutely relished them. It was confirmation to my heart and my soul that I was doing what God had called me to do. I’ve heard these words now as a senior pastor and they aren’t nearly as appetizing—they are frightening.
What are these five words?
“I’m here because of you.”
A few weeks ago Rush Limbaugh announced that the fastest growing crime in the West is identity theft. It is true that we hear a lot about illegal hacking in the news cycle, as individuals, businesses and even nations have their deepest secrets exposed. But the real crime is the theft of the source of human dignity, namely, the Creator.
Food for thought for those who have an affinity for languages.
A favorite from the archives:
Words have power (a shocking revelation, I know). With just a word, we can give life to a hurting friend, or crush their spirit. With only a word, we can change someone’s entire outlook on the world.
What’s funny is, sometimes you do this with the most seemingly insignificant word.
You know what word in the Bible does this?