Kindle deals for Christian readers
Here’s a great big list of offerings from Zondervan (all around 99¢):
- On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe
- There is a Plan by Ravi Zacharias
- How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World by Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel Cameron
- Raised?: Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection by Jonathan K. Dodson and Brad Watson
- Is Jesus the Only Savior? by Ronald H. Nash
- What Does God Know and When Does He Know It? by Millard J. Erickson
- God Under Fire by Douglas S. Huffman & Eric L. Johnson (editors)
- Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Moisés Silva
- Introducing the New Testament by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo
- Morning by Morning: the Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
- Evening by Evening: the Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
- Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
- At My Master’s Feet
And finally, six by Wayne Grudem:
- Making Sense of the Future
- Making Sense of the Church
- Making Sense of Christ and the Spirit
- Making Sense of Salvation
- Making Sense of Man and Sin
- Making Sense of the Bible
Amber Van Schooneveld:
My pastor on Sunday shared about the word nostalgia. It comes from the Greek roots of nostos, or “homecoming,” and algos, or “ache.” Many of us (all?) have an ache for our homecoming, whatever we perceive that home to be. Nostalgia connotes backward looking, but I like to think of it as longing for how we think things ought to be.
For a long time, I’ve had a deep nostalgia for friendship.
Christians are not a dour people, even in the darkness of a dungeon. We don’t whine and bellyache as our society lines up against us and our convictions. We plead. We grieve. But beneath it all we have untouchable strongholds of joy. Even in the worst, most inconvenient, most lonely days, we rejoice. The suffering days are good days for gospel advance. We have great cause to be optimistic about our good news, to “joyfully accept” prison and the plundering of our possessions and even our freedoms.
How to talk on the phone (without sounding like an idiot)
A professor once told me, “The problem with complementarianism is not exegetical–it’s practical. We all agree that the Bible teaches it, but we disagree on what it looks like.” This is true, and the compounded problem is two-fold: 1) some complementarians worship the doctrine above the gospel itself or above the implications of the doctrine for Christian living; 2) some non-complementarians are quick to equate it with patriarchy, domestic abuse, etc., leaving some disillusioned about what it actually means to be a complementarian.
No one has to pay attention to Kanye West. Really, it’s fine to ignore what the producer/rapper/fashion designer (yes, he’s legitimately that) is up to. And lots of people are uninterested in Kanye– if you choose to believe their social media pronouncements. There’s definitely room for playfully dismissing a pop culture lightning rod, such as feeling overly inundated with the blue-black/white-gold dress, showing disinterest in the presidential race, or even light-heartedly boasting in your ignorance of the latest Kanye-related awards show controversy. But whenever people dismiss Mr. West, they typically express their disdain for the man, announcing that he’s in their mental waste bin because he’s their idea of trash. He’s an “idiot”, “spoiled”, a “punk that does not deserve any attention at all”, or worse. People don’t know that they believe in a caricature of Kanye West.