Kindle deals for Christian readers
A few new Kindle deals for you:
- The Coffee House Chronicles set by Dave Sterrett and Josh McDowell—FREE (ends 12/17)
- Taking Christian Moral Thought Seriously by Jeremy Evans—99¢ (today only)
- 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan—99¢ (today only)
- The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine—$1.99
- The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur—$2.99
- Strange Fire by John MacArthur—$3.99
- Ordinary by Michael Horton—$3.99
- Scandalous by D.A. Carson—99¢
- The Great Exchange by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington—$1.99
- The Cross and Salvation by Bruce Demarest—$2.99
- Comforts from the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick—99¢
- Sojourner Truth by Terry Whalin—$1.99
- How God Became Jesus by Michael Bird—$4.99
- The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson—$3.99
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones—$1.99
here’s the trailer for the documentary I wrote along with director/producer Stephen McCaskell (also one of the hardest working people I know) this year:
What is the dumbest thing you have ever said? You probably don’t want to repeat it. Since, I think it is edifying, I’ll reset my moment. I was a new Christian and was talking to my wife one Sunday afternoon when I dropped this gem on her: “Christianity is so easy. I don’t see what the big deal is.” But, I wasn’t finished– “I read my Bible, pray and talk to people about Jesus. Then, we go to church on Sunday and hear someone preach. What is so hard about it?”
The Gospel Coalition is committed to God’s multi-ethnic vision for the church. We are aiming to do a number of things during the next several months to bring this important conversation to the forefront. On Tuesday, we are grateful to sponsor this week’s “A Time to Speak” event live-streamed from the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Several of our Council members and other contributors will be participating, including Darrin Patrick, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Voddie Baucham. We hope you’ll tune in on Tuesday, December 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. CST at live.kainos.is.
You’ve got to be careful what you share online. Over the weekend Facebook and Twitter were suddenly inundated with links to a new recording of the Christmas hymn “Angels From the Realms of Glory” mashed up with “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It was recorded by The Piano Guys and features David Archuleta, a one-time runner up on American Idol. It is a creative recording that intersperses shots of the musicians with video taken to record the world’s largest nativity scene. The song is beautifully sung and the music is rich; it is no surprise that it quickly gained over one million views. Well and good, right? Well, except for one thing: It’s purpose is to separate you from Jesus Christ.
The nativity scenes in our homes and churches have the figures neatly arranged around a quiet child wrapped in a clean blanket placed in a quaint manager in a Pinterest-worthy stable.
But if we allow ourselves to look past the sterilized sheen of those ceramic or plastic nativity sets, we know that wasn’t really the case.
Think of all the things that are “wrong” with the biblical Christmas story.
Mary must have had her back to the angel when he spoke because it was his greeting that troubled her, not his appearance. “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” This was not your typical “hello”!
Describing her as “favored one” was pretty significant. It didn’t imply that she had or did anything in particular to warrant God’s goodness. Rather, it implied that God, out of His goodness, wanted her to be favored. He intended to make her the mother of our Lord. Now that is significant!