Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway’s put the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series on sale for $5.99 each:
- The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest
- He Who Gives Life by Graham A. Cole
- No One Like Him by John S. Feinberg
- Sojourners and Strangers by Gregg R. Allison
- To Know and Love God by David K. Clark
Also on sale:
- Forward by Ronnie Floyd—$4.99 (pre-order)
- All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon—$3.41
- The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler—$5.99
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear—99¢
- Finally Alive by John Piper—$3.99
- A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos—$3.99
- The Gospel of Grace by R.C.Sproul—$4.99
- Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke—$2.99
The obvious criticism of this test is that it’s based on dichotomies. Are you perceiving or judging? Introverted or extroverted? You must choose. This reeks of pseudo-science. Of course, most of us don’t fall clearly on one side or the other. When the specific introvert vs. extrovert duality was a hot topic a few years ago, many writers persuasively argued against reducing socialization patterns to a simplistic either/or. Indeed, reams of psychological literature debunks MBTI as wildly inconsistent—many people will test differently within weeks—and over reliant on polarities. For instance, someone can certainly be both deeply thinking and feeling, and we all know folks who appear to be neither. “In social science, we use four standards: are the categories reliable, valid, independent, and comprehensive? For the MBTI, the evidence says not very, no, no, and not really,” organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote in Psychology Today after reviewing all the science on MBTI. It’s pretty damning.
John Piper offers a solid answer to this question.
I read recently that my denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has a total of 16 million members, but on a typical Sunday only 6 million of those members attend their local church’s corporate worship gathering. Considering the importance and necessity of corporate worship for the Christian, this is a very discouraging statistic. Not only is it disheartening, it is also spiritually dangerous for those who profess Christ, but regularly miss worship with their church family. Below, I want to list some reasons and explain why skipping church is a really bad idea.
Ray Ortlund shares some insights from Arnold Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield.
C. Michael Patton:
There is hardly a practice in the local church that is misused more than “church discipline.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have many answers and its misuse is understandable. I think there are three primary ways that we can find it misuse: 1) It is never used at all, 2) it is misused in an unbiblical way, and 3) people are brought in for discipline for “sins” that don’t require its use.
I want you to know that at some point during my last half-decade enjoying Twitter I have been each of these people or all of these people. I’m poking fun at me as much as the next guy or gal. And if you follow me on Twitter, you know just how true that is. You could stick my face right next to each one of these observations. But I want you to ask yourself, where could I stick my face? Does your Twitter Icon belong under any of these habits?