Kindle deals for Christian readers
- The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman—$1.99
- Marriage Matters by Winston Smith—Free (ends today)
Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a number of great resources for sale, including:
- Knowing God’s Will Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)
- Habakkuk: A Wrestler with God by Walter Chantry (Paperback)
- God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God by Daniel Hyde (Hardcover)
- How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas (ePub)
- Psalm 51 Teaching Series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
Jared Wilson gets his super-fan on, and I’m glad he did.
The problem comes when our advice sounds no different from the advice a counselor from another religion or even no religion at all would give. If an atheist would suggest the same child-rearing techniques or a Buddhist the same stress-management strategies as we do, then there is something missing from our counsel. Even though truth is truth no matter who says it, the advice that followers of Christ give ought to point to the source of all truth.
The Bible is the Word of God. All Bible-believing evangelical churches affirm this. In historic Protestantism, there is a theology of the Word that not only professes sola Scriptura but also professes the sufficiency of Scripture for all things concerning doctrine, worship, and godliness. What the church of the twenty-first century needs to be is a teaching church that plainly and powerfully proclaims the Word of God. Then the church will be equipped to fulfill its task in the world to worship and to witness to that world.
Now let’s be clear, here – there are moments, many in fact, when you find yourself (as I do) in an over-committed situation, and for the health of your family and even your soul, you need to release some of those demands. But in those occasions, you are releasing some demands so you can fully give yourself to others. It’s not an escaping; it’s a re-aligning of yourself to make sure you are giving what limited resources you have to the most appropriate places.
Pointing out what is plain to see is annoying, yet gospel truth and the worship it inspires is different. Gospel truth is only obvious to believers because the scales have been removed from our eyes. We see what once was obvious in the Garden of Eden – that our God is glorious.