On the Kindle deal front, my friend Trillia Newbell’s book Fear and Faith is on sale for 99¢. If you’ve got 8-12 year olds, you can’t go wrong with grabbing George Whitefield and Lottie Moon for $1.99 each. Both of these are from Christian Focus’ Trailblazers series. Also on sale is The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher for $4.99.
I’m sure someone is going to lose their beans about this one, but it’s worth reading:
When we don’t teach our kids about sin, we are actually making it difficult for them to become Christians. Without knowledge of their guilt, there can be no confession of sin or profession of faith. But when we teach our kids about their sinful nature, they’re more prepared to prayerfully turn to God for strength and help to resist temptation.
Short answer, yes. But Russell Moore weighs in with a more thorough commentary:
When we say—as Baptists and many other Christians always have—that freedom of religion applies to all people, whether Christian or not, we are not suggesting that there are many paths to God, or that truth claims are relative. We are fighting for the opposite. We are saying that religion should be free from state control because we believe that every person must give an account before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
There is no doubt that a good book makes a lazy summer day even better. Whether it’s the beach or a lake or your back porch, a book is a wonderful companion. While a good novel is a great take along on a summer holiday, why not consider taking a biblical commentary? Understanding the Bible is crucial for Christian women, and a good commentary provides a richness to our Bible reading. Alongside the great fiction you relax with, why not spend a summer with a book of the bible and a good commentary?
Our modern confusion stands at odds with the early church’s strong sense of purpose. Jesus’ first followers were constantly involved in spreading the good news about his death and resurrection (Matt. 28:18-20). Then, as these followers joined together in communities where Jesus was treasured and people were cared for (Acts 2:37-47), their long-term strategy for spreading the good news about Jesus was starting more churches. (It is no accident that most of the New Testament is comprised of letters written to what we might call “church plants.”) Finally, these new churches were started as leaders were equipped to share the gospel boldly, to serve God faithfully, and to start even more churches (Acts 14:21-23; 2 Tim. 2:1-2; Titus 1:5-9).
An interesting thought experiment from Tim.
When a man removes himself from the weight of responsibility for his home and family, what happens? He was a load-bearing cornerstone, and the house sags in his absence. It will fall to pieces if not for a woman of courage and virtue to bear up in his absence. We see in Scripture such women of virtue bearing up in the absence or abdication of the men who should have been bearing the weight with and for them. Hagar. Abigail. Ruth. Esther. Lois. Eunace. These are the main ones from Scripture who come to mind. But they are joined in my head by the many women I know here on earth who bear up similarly. Felicia, Beth, Christine, Katherine, Louise, Tracy. Women who initiate devotions with their children when no one initiates with them. Women who must figure out how to earn an income after taking years off of their career path to have children. Women who tirelessly rally themselves and their children to church week after week with no reward or pat on the back. Women who spend their Mother’s Day serving others because no one is left to serve them.