eBook deals for Christian readers
As part of Pastor’s Appreciation Month, Impact members can save 60 per cent off six of their best pastoral resources this week (in print and eBook editions). These titles include The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever, One with Christ by Marcus Peter Johnson (which is also on sale for the Kindle this week) and Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.
On the Kindle deal front, here are a few new ones:
- God on Sex by Daniel Akin—$2.99
- Worship Through the Ages by Vernon Whaley—99¢
- Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows by Ravi Zacharias—$3.99
- Has Christianity Failed You? by Ravi Zacharias—$3.99
- One with Christ by Marcus Peter Johnson—99¢
- Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick—99¢
- He Who Gives Life by Graham Cole—$1.99
- Engaging with the Holy Spirit by Graham Cole—$1.99
- The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul—$2.51
- God’s Love by R.C. Sproul—$1.99
- How Then Shall We Worship? by R.C. Sproul—$1.99
- The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul—$1.99
- The Gospel In Ezekiel by Thomas Guthrie—99¢
When we look at the nut and bolt, we don’t think one is superior or inferior to the other, we just see different designs for different but complementary purposes. We don’t try to make the nut into a bolt or vice versa; that’s just a waste of time and effort. And when we see them working well together, we may want to compliment the inventor of this complement.
Consider a newly engaged couple, do you have much trouble getting them to tell you the story about how they met and fell in love? Not likely. Or, how about new parents? Many will gladly recount the details of their birth story for you. How about a little kid who just saw something surprising? I think of my little 5-year-old daughter who recently told me the whole story of how she got a princess dress at Goodwill and how it really is an Elsa dress because of these 5 things… We love details when we love the topic we are describing.
God is no different. He loves details, especially when describing who he loves. He is very thorough, precise and passionate to communicate the intricate beauty and diverse glories of his Son.
Rarely will I challenge a persons belief in a pre-tribulational rapture. But there are at least four times when I will speak up:
- When their belief makes them swallow other silly things.
- When their belief is giving them a dangerously wrong view of suffering.
- When their belief is negatively impacting the way they follow Jesus.
- When they are obsessed/distracted to the detriment of themselves or others. Usually in the form of being divisive and argumentative.
I’ve found only a handful of instances in which one of these is present that would necessitate my speaking up. For the most part there isn’t much benefit in arguing about the timing of certain eschatological events—this includes the rapture.
We need to stop putting giving in a class by itself. If I give a message on evangelism, biblical interpretation or parenting, I run the risk of pride. But it may still be God’s will for me to share with the church what God’s taught me in these areas. Paul spoke of himself as a model—”Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). I could write books for the wrong reasons, even though I seek God’s face and ask that this wouldn’t be the case. I could send every email with the wrong motive, to seek man’s approval, not God’s. But I write books and send emails anyway, partly because if we refrain from doing everything we could do with a wrong motive, we’ll never do anything at all. (If your pastor only preaches when there’s no temptation to pride, he’ll never preach.)
It has often been charged that the Bible can’t be trusted because people can make it say anything they want it to say. This charge would be true if the Bible were not the objective Word of God, if it were simply a wax nose, able to be shaped, twisted, and distorted to teach one’s own precepts. The charge would be true if it were not an offense to God the Holy Spirit to read into sacred Scripture what is not there. However, the idea that the Bible can teach anything we want it to is not true if we approach the Scriptures humbly, trying to hear what the Bible says for itself.