Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today is the last day to get these books from Sam Storms on sale:
- Signs of the Spirit—$2.99
- More Precious than Gold—$2.99
- Kept for Jesus—$3.99
- Chosen for Life—$3.99
- Tough Topics—$4.99
Also consider The Holy Spirit by John Owen (99¢), Study the Word, Speak the Word, and Spread the Word edited by Rebecca Van Noord, Jessi Strong, & John D. Barry ($2.99 each). (While I don’t recommend every contributor to these books, they look pretty interesting overall.)
Winning arguments is not the same as winning souls. Very few, if any, have lost a quarrel and found themselves converted. But we all know the impulse deep down, when engaging with unbelief, to lash out in an effort to show ourselves right rather than win the unbeliever.
It may seem peculiar that some of us could be called by God to pursue dozens or even hundreds of subjects in order to develop what will be, at best, a superficial understanding of each. Perhaps the strangeness of the idea stems from the assumption that the path of the intellectually oriented generalist parallels that of the intellectually oriented specialist. But what if instead of being akin to the vocation of an academic, the generalist is called to be like an artist?
Against the backdrop of God’s eternal party, the story of humanity could be summed up as our stubborn refusal to celebrate the goodness of God. Thinking that our ways will end better for us than his ways, we have turned our back to God—the very source of life and joy and every good thing (Acts 17;28; Ps. 16:11; Jas. 1:17)—choosing to walk the way of death and despair.
But these statistics are evidence of an epidemic Christian leaders have recognized for some time: American Christianity has been hijacked by the individual at the expense of the whole.
If, like me, you were unable to attend this year’s Basics Conference, you’ll be happy to know the audio and video is now available.
Perhaps this is one dynamic that accounts for the seed that falls on rocky soil (Matthew 13:1-23). They receive the gospel with joy, meaning they whole-heartedly embrace its message and cause, but allow their personal disposition to drive them to grow short-term fruit more than sustaining root.
But for the achiever this all seems very unfair. They are “doing everything they are supposed to be doing.” They are, in any measurable way, doing it better than everyone else. But it’s not “working.” God seems to bless for a while, but then it doesn’t seem like even God can keep up with them. What’s happening?