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The opening chapters of Genesis are incredibly rich. (If you haven’t noticed, they’ve been bouncing around my head quite a bit recently. Consider Exhibit A and Exhibit B.) But I’ve found that it’s nearly impossible to bring up Genesis 1—regardless of the setting—without certain key questions coming up. For some people, these are the only questions that matter. As you’ll see here, I don’t think that’s the case. But they’re important questions nonetheless.
This is a helpful rundown of some of the material found in The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, edited by D.A. Carson.
But one aspect of gospel-centrality remains under-emphasized among us: interpersonal reconciliation. The Bible says, “God . . . gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). It doesn’t say, “God gives us the option of reconciliation now and then, when it suits us.” No, God has given us the ministry of reconciliation as a matter of sacred stewardship. There is nothing more gospel-centered.
Nakedness and sexuality are common themes in today’s movies and television. It seems increasingly rare to find a movie or show that doesn’t have at least one lingering shot of nudity or one steamy scene of passion. And even while so many Christians feel freedom to watch it all, I am increasingly convinced that we should not. I am increasingly convinced that Christians should avoid watching movies with scenes of nudity and sexuality. There are many reasons for this, but today I will constrain myself to just one—one that I have found particularly compelling and convicting.
We are, in other words, enslaved to ourselves, and that enslavement constrains us. We are shackled by our own comparisons and a result, we are incapable of the true, gut-level, authentic emotion that comes with truly and purely being happy for someone, or truly and purely weeping with another. What can break these chains? What can unshackle us from ourselves for the sake of others?
If you say, “yes” to every opportunity, you do not have a strategy. Saying “yes” to that which falls outside of actions that are aligned to a ministry’s identity inevitably takes resources, energy, and time from that which has been deemed to be most important. If a ministry does not possess a clear identity, the temptation to chase every new idea or program will be constant and overwhelming. When a ministry has a clear identity, saying “no” is essential. A leader’s refusal to say “no” is a leader’s admission to not possessing a clear identity and mission.