Kindle deals for Christian readers
Another good list of deals today including The Doctrines that Divide by Erwin Lutzer for $1.99, and Recovering Redemption and Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler ($2.99 each). Several volumes in the New American Commentary series are on sale for $3.99:
- Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner
- Future Israel by Barry Horner
- Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce
- Sermon on the Mount by Charles Quarles
- Lukan Authorship of Hebrews by David Allen
- God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton
- The Messianic Hope by Michael Rydelnik
- The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker
- The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner
- The End of the Law by Jason Meyer
- That You May Know by Christopher Bass
…there is the danger of second-order scapegoating brought on by our awareness of our tendency to scapegoat others. As soon as we identify a victim and their corresponding oppressor, we are liable to turn the tables, engaging in “secret substitutions”, and vindictively turn the initial oppressor into a victim of even worse violence (physical, social, economic) than the original victims suffered. We see an instance of online cruelty and become a Twitter mob that doxxes and shames a person out of work and society as a whole, all the while convinced of the rightness of our cause. We’re not oppressors, we’re “allies”, or “voices for the voiceless.”
I am Reformed. I am grateful for all I have learned from my Reformed brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. But I am also grateful for others — Dispensationalists, Methodists, Charismatics and others who do not align with me in some aspects of theology. Theology matters. Our differences matter. But what we share in common in Christ matters more. And I not only accept that as a fact; I rejoice in it as a fellowship.
The most difficult place to be a convictional Christian in North America is probably the campus of a university. Christian students frequently speak of the hostility they face on campus when they are open about their Christian faith and practice.
If the university is a microcosm of the rest of society and a sign of where our culture is headed, then Christians can expect hostility and marginalization to increase in the coming years. The good news is: if Christian organizations on campus are any indication, this marginalization could become the catalyst for more effective mission.
Emily T. Wierenga, in an excerpt from her new memoir, Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose:
Growing up I saw the bellows of the church, the dark places where saints become sinners and the pastor’s family hides behind the glass walls of their house. I heard sermons and I saw pain. I heard promises and witnessed them broken. I saw firsthand the hypocrisy that’s handed out with billfolds into the offering plate and I turned anorexic to try and protect a heart that knew God loved me but had never felt it. God’s love was as personal as a three-point sermon. And when I turned 18 I ran as far from home as possible, to the other side of the country, trying to find a Father who’d gotten lost in doctrine and church politics.