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Romance feels like resurrection: It feels like an opportunity, a chance to reinvent ourselves, to become. It’s the establishment of a new identity, and for that, it should be celebrated. Remember the gas station proposal, the Niagara Falls wedding, the soundless moment when we found out that Pam was pregnant with Cece? Jim and Pam were sojoyful, almost ecstatic, just to be together and building a family. Like so many couples, they sailed through this part of their relationship with ease—cultivating their romance, protecting it from outside influence, investing in it with their time and energy. The hallmarks of a relationship—gratefulness, love, kindness—were easily won. The wait had been so long that everything felt like a privilege. Most viewers quietly left them there, riding off into the rose-tinted sunset.
Seminary taught me about issues I did not know existed while growing up in the church. I didn’t know as a teenager in the youth group that some Baptists didn’t think other Baptists believed in evangelism because of their conviction that God is sovereign in salvation. I did not realize that some Baptists liked John 3:16 more than John 6:44, nor did I know that some believed Jonah 2:9 more than 1 Timothy 2:4. What is really crazy to me is the fact that I met seminary students who thought they loved the gospel more than some professors because they were more Calvinistic than their professor who had walked with the Lord before the student was even born. Yet others thought Calvinists should just leave the SBC, accept paedobaptism, and become Presbyterian (since they thought Calvinistic Baptists were more Presbyterian anyway).
I was thinking about this today as I prepared for a parenting class. Here are some ways that we parents can provoke our children to anger. I’ve done many of these, and for this reason I’m grateful for the blood of Jesus and the power of the Spirit to change.
Tony Reinke offers some thoughts here.
It seems that in today’s culture, there is a dearth of pastoral leadership. Pastors must become better leaders. Pastors should avoid the foolish mistakes of dictatorial leadership or indecisiveness. Pastors should listen longer and be patient with people. Pastors should learn and apply timeless as well as contemporary leadership insights and lessons. But of all the things pastors can do to establish and strengthen their leadership, preaching is primary. Here are several reasons why I believe preaching is leading.