Kindle deals for Christian readers
Lots of Kindle deals for you today:
Three books on leadership from Crossway:
- Mistakes Leaders Make by Dave Kraft—$1.99 (reviewed here)
- The Leadership Dynamic by Harry Reeder—99¢
- Leading One Another by Bobby Jamieson—99¢
Also on sale:
- Faith and Learning by David Dockery—99¢
- Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley—$4.99
- Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur—$3.99
- The Jesus Answer Book by John MacArthur—$2.99
- The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur—$5.98
Finally, four books by Hank Hanegraaff:
- The Bible Answer Book, Volume 1—$2.99
- The Bible Answer Book, Volume 2—$2.99
- The Complete Bible Answer Book—$2.99
- The Creation Answer Book—$2.99
I find addiction, and the bondage of addiction, to be very difficult to understand. It seems like overcoming addiction should be so simple, and especially for the Christian: Instead of doing that thing, how about next time you just don’t do that thing? Instead of opening that bottle, keep it closed. Instead of buying those pills, buy some groceries. Instead of typing in that web site, type in a different web site. Instead of walking through the doors of the casino, choose not to even go near the casino. If only it was so simple.
You don’t have to reference Greek or Hebrew to study the Bible. You can observe, interpret, and apply using a decent English translation (such as the ESV or NET). In fact, knowing a bit of Greek can actually distract you from careful study of a passage.
The stakes are high when it comes to being an introverted pastor because our job ispeople. The very nature of our role requires us to engage with our congregation relationally, but the nature of our personality inclines us toward alone time. To the extent that we avoid people, or outsource shepherding to staff pastors or interns, we short-circuit our leadership potential.
But there are strengths to being an introverted pastor, too. It seems to me that people think there are only curses to being an introverted pastor. Maybe it’s just me being a sensitive introvert, but I’ve never heard someone being referred to as an introvert as a compliment, nor have I heard someone identified as an extrovert negatively. The word extrovert, it seems, is synonymous with entrepreneurial, charismatic, and being a people person. Even the negative sides of being an extrovert are given a positive spin, like the gift of gab.
Not all boomers are readers. They will feel their losses coming at their dented, shaky, leaky space ship in different ways. But millions are.
We love to read. We wish we could read so much more. I had lunch recently with a 93-year old man, full of alertness and mental energy. He told me that in his wife’s last years he read 22 novels out loud to her.
For the boomers who read, the thought of so many books never being read brings a sense of great loss. The loss is felt in proportion to our love of reading.
Why do we love to read?
If we require the other to be like us before we open our arms to them, we undercut the entire thrust of the Gospel, which is that God loved humanity in its complete and utter otherness from him, and yet embraced them through his son anyway. We are called to offer the same response to both outsiders (those outside of the faith) and others (those who are different from us). That is the call with which those who claim the name of Christ have been entrusted. Yes, governments exist to enforce laws and prosecute criminals. But the Church does not. This does not mean the Church should withdraw from public engagement. But our engagement must be driven by biblical and theological convictions and attitudes, and not political ideologies and legal inquiries.