Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today is the last day to get these books from Crossway:
- Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper—$2.99
- Note to Self by Joe Thorn—$2.99
- Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt—$3.99
- Growing in Christ by J.I. Packer—$3.99
- The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies—$3.99
Also on sale:
- Seeing Christ in All of Scripture by Iain Duguid, Richard B. Gaffin, Gregory K. Beale, Vern Poythress—$2.99
- Baptist Foundations by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman—$2.99
An interesting documentary from the CBC. (Note: there’s a t-shirt prominently displaying the F-word, and some gals (and dudes) are wearing a few less clothes than they ought.)
On the day that the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell ruling, the U.S. Department of Education quickly changed its Facebook avatar to a rainbow, an image now synonymous with the gay rights movement in America. Easy to overlook (because who among us “likes” federal agencies on Facebook?), the ostensible celebration by the Department of Education communicates one essential reality: The drive toward redefining marriage and abandoning male-female complementarity has gained official government endorsement.
How much more important is selflessness in ministry? It’s the most important characteristic of all in Christian leadership, and the lack of it lies at the root of most ministry fails and falls. It’s an utter shameful scandal when the one calling that is defined by “service” in the very name — MINISTRY — becomes a means of self-promotion and personal aggrandizement at the painful expense of those they are sent to serve.
As a young businessman, I believed the Great Commission was not just for pastors and missionaries, but it did seem like the ministry professionals saw the real action — that is, until I came across the stories of gospel patrons. These stories captivated me because they were business leaders playing a strategic role in God’s kingdom. They were not second-class Christians. They were fellow workers, partners in the work of the gospel.
In the greatest stories it is evil that crystalizes and congeals the good. The evil makes the story. Only in the face of evil does character, quality, and morality step forth and play the hero. Without evil we are left with nebulous characters of ambiguous depth and uncertain morals. Without evil there is no real decision to be made as to which character we resonate with and which we would want to be.
This weekend we had the bittersweet joy of commissioning another 75 Summit members, who are planting another four domestic church plants—in Los Angeles, Orlando, Brooklyn, and Winston-Salem. In the past 5 years, we’ve sent out 400 people to plant new churches in North America. Praise God!