Kindle deals for Christian readers
- Heresy by Alistair McGrath—$1.99
- Don’t Stop Believing by Mike Wittmer—$1.99
- Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson—$1.99
- Life in the Balance by Joni Eareckson Tada—$1.99
- Thoughts on Religious Experience by Archibald Alexander—99¢
And don’t forget these from earlier this week:
- God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology by James M. Hamilton Jr.—$5.99
- God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray—$5.99
- Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ by Robert A. Peterson—$4.99
- The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders—$2.99
Today is also $5 Friday sale at Ligonier. They have a whole bunch of great resources on sale, including:
- Why We Trust the Bible teaching series by Stephen Nichols (DVD)
- The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul (ePub and MOBI)
- Think Like a Christian teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)
- When Worlds Collide by R.C. Sproul (ePub)
- The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Steven Lawson (hardcover)
C. Michael Patton:
I have a family member who lives in an apartment that backs up to a homosexual bar. I can imagine that in the church, there are people who think this is wrong. It’s not that these would assume she might be a homosexual, but that why would she, being a Christian, even dare live in such proximity to such evil. I am sorry to say this, but its very sad—no, tragic—to say that the church is filled with such a mentality. Oh, they have their verses to justify it, but these are always based in unbiblical emotional passions that cannot ever be justified.
Hold on, it gets worse so hang with me.
An excerpt from D.A. Carson’s Praying with Paul:
Throughout my spiritual pilgrimage, two sources have largely shaped, and continue to shape, my own prayer life: the Scriptures and more mature Christians.
The less authoritative of these two has been the advice, wisdom, and example of senior saints. I confess I am not a very good student in the school of prayer. Still, devoting [space] to their advice and values may be worthwhile before I turn to the more important and more authoritative of the two sources that have taught me to pray.
Among the lessons more mature Christians have taught me, then, are these.
How we answer the question, “Does God care a whole lot about the outcome of football games?” reveals much about how we understand God’s love, sovereignty, and care for the world.Some might hear the question and interpret it, “Well, is God rooting for a particular team?” Unless you’re a total fanatic, convinced that God himself favors your home-team, your gut instinct is “probably not.” It seems inconsistent with his universal love for all. Still, in Scripture, God did pick Israel to be his chosen people, and within Israel, he is seen to bestow special grace on various figures, either for particular purposes in redemption or his own good pleasure. God loves all, but he also seems to focus on particulars.
If you’re going to TGC, this could be a lot of fun. Am I going to TGC? That remains to be seen. But if I am, I sure hope to be at this.
Too often we seek to baptize our rage and treat our temper as sanctified, when in reality we are merely trying to find a biblical sounding excuse for being a jerk.
So how do you differentiate between man’s anger in James 1 and the ability to be angry without sin in Ephesians 4? I see three questions that we need to ask about each situation in which we feel anger rising in us.
I think we should treat each one as a gate that has to be passed through to before asking the next one. If the answer to only one is negative, then we should question whether or not our anger is biblical.
Here is what I know about looking:
When I was young, rebellious and caustic, rolling my eyes at my parents at age 10 and sneering at them by age 15, they would say, “Look at me when I’m talking to you,” and I felt seen, exposed.
I knew I was already seen and exposed, but I felt it. I felt it when I saw their disappointment or disapproval or anger at me. When I saw it in their eyes. I felt that. I felt every weight and every sin and every bit of my flesh rolled up and held in their parental gaze. And I looked away. I could not hold that look for long, my sin was too great, their anger too heavy.