This morning I’m off to Louisville to hang out with about 8,000 people at T4G. Here are a couple of posts to help prepare for the experience. Semi-related, this week there are a lot of new Kindle deals tying into the conference:
- 1 Peter for You by Juan Sanchez—$1.99
- The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander—$1.99
- Sing a New Song edited by Joel Beeke & Shane Lems—$2.99
- Portraits of Faith by Joel Beeke—$2.99
- Watering, Planting, Growing edited by Daniel Hyde & Anthony T. Selvaggio—$2.99
- Encouragement for Today’s Pastors by Joel Beeke & Terry Slachter—$2.99
- John Newton by Jonathan Aitken—$4.99
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Christopher Catherwood—$3.99
- Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper—$1.99
- George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore—$3.99
- A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Papacy by Leonardo De Chirico—99¢
- Rebels Rescued by Brian Cosby—$1.99
- Mary of Orange: At the Mercy of Kings by Linda Finlayson—$1.99
- John Knox: The Sharpened Sword and John Calvin: After Lightness Dark by Catherine MacKenzie—$1.99 each
- Five Points by John Piper—$1.99
- John Knox by Steven Lawson—$1.99
- John Calvin by William Walker—$3.99
- Theodore Beza by Shawn D Wright—$3.99
- Presbytopia by Ken Golden—$3.99
We live in an age where “speaking your mind” is considered a virtue and a hailed as a sign of good leadership. But is this trait something the Bible commends? Should Christians be known for “speaking their mind?”
So glad Ray Ortlund shared this.
But the two practices can look so similar. Two people can set the same beautiful tablescape and serve the same gourmet meal, one with a motive to impress, the other with a motive to bless. How can we know the difference? Only the second would invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind to pull up a chair and sip from the stemware (Luke 14:12–14). Our motives are revealed not just in how we set our tables, but in who we invite to join us at the feast. Entertaining invites those whom it will enjoy. Hospitality takes all comers.
In the fall of 2015, we decided to finally buy a home in Nashville. Despite a delay due to our rollover wreck, car replacement, and subsequent physical therapy, we finally started seriously looking at homes in February, and we put an offer on a home in mid-March.
A lot of young people read this blog—let’s be real, mainly just my friends read this blog—and a lot of my friends haven’t purchased homes yet. Friends, and other readers, here are five things I learned in the home-buying process that I would like to pass on to you.
Insulated thinking causes us to elevate certain things to the exclusion of others. Insulated thinking causes us to ignore the facts that would bring low what we would seek to exalt; realities that balance the tale we would otherwise tell. It is dangerous.
One dimension of communication I’ve wrestled with more than others is how to talk to people you don’t agree with, perhaps dislike, or even consider an ideological enemy. It’s also something we seem to be particularly bad at in our internet age. I don’t need to describe this in detail. We’ve all seen one too many Facebook updates blow up into a rehash of the schisms and Crusades to doubt this is a problem. It is election season, after all.