Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway’s put a great selection of books on sale this week:
- Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper—$2.99
- Note to Self by Joe Thorn—$2.99
- Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt—$3.99
- Growing in Christ by J.I. Packer—$3.99
- The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies—$3.99
Also, there are only a couple more days to get Kevin DeYoung’s Taking God at His Word free from ChristianAudio.com. If you haven’t gotten it yet, now’s a great time.
The Yezidi people of northern Iraq have long endured persecution since they set themselves apart from the rest of the world, claiming to be created from Adam alone while everyone else descended from Adam and Eve. They’ve endured mistreatment and worse—rape and murder—by Muslims who reject them, including ISIS.
ISIS excludes the Yezidi from their “People of the Book” classification, which includes Christians, Jews, and other religious groups who acknowledge the one God of Abraham. So the Yezidi aren’t eligible to pay the jizya tax ISIS charges non-Muslims who wish to live among them.
I found this really interesting.
When most people hear the name “Garfield,” odds are that James Abram Garfield, the United States’ 20th president, doesn’t come to mind—if anything, they probably think of a certain orange cat who just hates Mondays. Beyond the fog of post-Civil War history, though, there are two surprising facts that make Garfield a person of note for ministry leaders: he was the only President to also serve as an ordained minister, and he never actually aspired to be President in the first place.
Prince was an American original and an amazing performer. He was always doing his own thing and innovating musically. He was performing since the 70’s, but he broke-out as a superstar in 1984 with his album Purple Rain. At a time when hip-hop was just about to hit the mainstream, here was a black man making music out of metal riffs in a band that had no bass guitar. I repeat. His band had no bass guitar, and yet “Purple Rain” was one of the biggest albums (if not the biggest album) of the year. The sound was original, the harmonies mesmerizing, and I was hooked.
Experiences or stories like that always inspire us. As soon as we hear it, we rush to our Bible with fresh zeal, open it to our favorite verses or chapter, and get to work. “I can do this!” we think. That is, until we realize that, “These verses sure do repeat themselves a lot.” And, “Was it will or shall?” And, “There’s how many more verses to go?!” What started as a forest fire of excitement and resolve gets snuffed out by the heavy rain of reality: Memorization is hard work.
Is the problem that we lack courage or that we are missing compassion? Have we gotten too soft? Or have we gotten too restrictive? Does complementarianism need a re-branding, a reformation, a revival, or a retrieval?