Kindle deals for Christian readers
C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy is on sale for $2.99 each for the Kindle:
Also on sale are 12 volumes in B&H’s Perspectives series for $2.99 (unless otherwise indicated):
- Perspectives on the Ending of Mark
- Perspectives on Your Child’s Education—99¢
- Perspectives on the Doctrine of God
- Perspectives on Election
- Perspectives on Church Government
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- Perspectives on Our Struggle With Sin
- Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement—99¢
- Perspectives on Spirit Baptism
- Perspectives on Tithing
- Perspectives on the Sabbath
- Perspectives on Israel and the Church—99¢
The latest video from The Bible Project is really good.
In these settings children learn to be honest, to share, even to obey their parents. These are values we desire to see, right? Yet when we read one of these stories in a children’s Bible or when our kids come bounding out of Sunday school with their coloring page smattered with cotton balls and glitter-glue and a moral lesson, I sometimes cringe.
Why? Because I remember learning those same lessons growing up in a secular home. They were taught by those great heroes of the faith: He-Man, G.I. Joe, and the Ninja Turtles. These were children’s stories designed to teach good behavior.
I didn’t always feel this way. I used to think that church planters were maladjusted, overgrown youth leaders who couldn’t fit into the established church. Two observations and one article changed my mind.
How will these staggering promises come to pass? How will “the one who conquers” conquer amidst affliction and persecution? How will they find the strength to endure and overcome against all odds? John provides the answer: they will conquer by looking by faith to the One who has already conquered, Jesus Christ.
But humility is not mystical; it’s not a condition that you simply fall into and out of from one moment to the next. In fact, true humility is about having an accurate picture of reality and acting accordingly. We can err on either side of that reality – we can think too highly or too lowly of ourselves. Humility is in the middle. It’s not self-idolatry, but neither is it self-debasement. David’s words in Psalm 8 help us see this middle ground of humility based in reality. In that Psalm, David is blown away at the size and scope of the universe. He also is humbled by his relative size and importance in that grand picture. But on the other side, he finds it equally remarkable that though we are small, and seemingly insignificant, God has been mindful to us.
I don’t know what’s going on psychologically in the mind of the troll. Do they hope to convince people with their temper tantrum? Is it just a way to let off steam at someone else’s expense? What is so temporarily satisfying about this behavior that so many people are drawn to it?