Kindle deals for Christian readers
This week, Crossway’s put a bunch of books by Kevin DeYoung on sale for $3.99 (unless otherwise indicated):
- What is the Mission of the Church? (coauthored by Greg Gilbert)—$2.99
- Crazy Busy
- The Hole in Our Holiness
- Taking God at His Word
- What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?
Today is Mother’s Day. It is a day of rejoicing in the love we have for our children and reflecting on the love and sacrifice our mother has shown us. If you are like me, it’s a love that I am just now fully able to understand the depth of since I have become a mother myself. This is the way it should be for all and yet due to the affects of the fall, I know for many today is a day full of pain and sadness. The desire, longing, and love to be a mother is there, and yet the olive shoots have not come. My heart hurts for the woman who is experiencing this pain today. I understand and know her heart because I have experienced her pain as well.
When was the last time someone told you you were wrong?
If you can’t remember, you may have reason to be concerned. Sometimes the most loving thing someone can do for us is point out an error or inconsistency in the way we think or live. The reality that we have remaining sin still inside of us means that we will be wrong.And it means we will inevitably be blind to some of the ways we are wrong. Therefore, God often gives us the perspective we desperately need on ourselves through someone else’s eyes, heart, and words. They see something that needs to change or be corrected, and they lovingly tell us the truth. They rebuke us. Love will rebuke us.
Here’s where I think we go wrong: We begin in the wrong place. Often the conversations begin with questions about “what a woman can do” or defenses of “male headship.” Those are appropriate and necessary and beautiful conversations in their place. But getting them in their place seems to be a thorny problem. These subjects are necessary but they’re downstream. And if we broach these subjects downstream with all the tranquility-disrupting water-displacing splash of used tires illegally tossed in, then we can’t be surprised that we find ourselves unsettled and seemingly always embattled.
Some LGBT activists and Frozen fans have created the viral hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to urge the sequel’s writers to make Elsa Disney’s first lesbian queen. They believe that Disney is long overdue to have a lesbian represented in their films.
Some people, including many Christians, were surprised at the news. I, for one, found their surprise a little surprising. In fact, anyone shocked by this news hasn’t been paying attention to what’s going on in the culture.
Great hymns have the ability to unite the family of God, throughout history and around the world, in the truths about God that matter most. But when voices from within the church begin to question or deny what the church holds most dear, great hymns become flashpoints of controversy.
Recently, I was on Facebook scrolling down my newsfeed, checking to see what my friends and family were up to. I only scrolled for a few seconds when I noticed a picture of a few friends out to eat at a restaurant. They seemed like they were having the time of their lives. I sighed. And then I thought to myself, “How come they didn’t invite me?”