Cruciform Press Kindle grab bag
Eight titles from Cruciform Press have been marked down to $1.99 through the end of this weekend:
- The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever by Thor Ramsey
- Cruciform by Jimmy Davis
- Reclaiming Adoption by Dan Cruver
- Torn to Heal by Mike Leake
- Anchored in Grace by Jeremy Walker
- Awaiting a Savior by me
- Does God Listen to Rap? by Curtis Allen
- Innocent Blood by John Ensor
Every single one of these is well worth your time.
The church has become the marketplace and the members the main target audience for the multi-level marketing (MLM) businesses that I see advertising all over my news feeds. This is not a new phenomenon; the evangelical community has been the main recruiting place for MLM for years.
Parties hosted to sell products take the place of a small group meeting. Meeting someone new on Sunday turns into a recruitment sales pitch. I even have a friend who opened her door to receive a hand-delivered new baby gift basket from her church, only to be given a sales pitch by the deliverer for her skin care company’s baby line. The new mom went from feeling cared for to preyed upon in a matter of seconds.
If we aren’t careful, people can quickly become an opportunity for our financial gain instead of a brother or sister in Christ.
God’s call to “go into all the world” isn’t just answered in the jungles of the Amazon or the polluted cities of China, but also in the poverty-stricken housing projects of the American inner city, the immigrant London neighborhood, the neighborhood in a “bad” school district one mile from home. Christ’s followers know such places need his witness, but we are reluctant to go because it’s not safe.
What sets apart great worship music from, well, everything else? The same aspects that make a sermon strong. The best church music – be it hymn, chorus, or whatever other style – is a sermon in a song. Except it only takes four to six minutes instead of forty-six.
Mike Leake’s putting together a new prayer challenge, this time for your local church.
J.I. Packer once made the astute observation that “false proportions in our doctrine are the beginning of false doctrine itself.” If anything, this is a reminder for us to carefully weigh the emphasis that each of gives to the various doctrines of the Christian faith. When I was in seminary, I began to see that different groups in the church–who all cared deeply about sound doctrine–often placed an undue emphasis on the doctrine that they believed was the most important doctrine of the Christian faith. By the emphasis that was placed on the doctrine of adoption, one group gave you the impression, “get adoption right and everything else will follow.” By their emphasis on the doctrine of justification, another group seemed to suggest, “get justification right and everything else will follow.” Still others, so emphasizing the doctrine of sanctification, left you with the impression, “get sanctification right and everything else will follow.” The same was true for those who so emphasized biblical counseling and application in preaching. While none of these are, in and of themselves, false doctrine, they certainly run the risk of leading others to embrace false doctrine out of imbalance. For instance, an overemphasis on the doctrine of sanctification to the minimization of justification can lead to embracing a functional legalism and an overemphasis on the doctrine of justification to the downplaying of sanctification can leads to functional antinomianism. So what is the solution to this conundrum of false proportions in our doctrine? In short, we must “get Jesus right and everything else will follow.” Let me explain.