Today is the last day to get the following books on sale:
- The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Z. Witmer—$2.99
- Man of God by Jack Graham—$1.99
- Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes—$2.99
- No More Excuses by Tony Evans—$3.99
- Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham—$2.99
I know that there are those who are still squeamish at the thought of a Christian flat-out mocking something, and I understand their concerns. Let’s face it, though: there are things in our Christian culture worthy of mockery. But we don’t have to be so harsh when we do it. That’s the danger of parody. Anyone can do it, but few do it well.
California’s hostile stance toward conscience is bold, but it very well may be a harbinger of things to come. Three days after the horrific murder of dozens of people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the New York Times published an astonishing editorial that laid part of the blame for the tragedy at the feet of conservatives who criticized same-sex marriage and contemporary gender ideology. These conservatives, the Times editorial board argued, were responsible for a climate of “hate” toward LGBT Americans, a climate that manifested itself in Orlando. This irresponsible and ridiculous rhetoric is, of course, just rhetoric; but coupled with California’s actions against evangelical colleges, it seems to signal a real oncoming threat to traditional Christian belief.
I am constantly amazed at the number of people who assure me that their fathers hardly ever praised them, but constantly criticized and berated. I meet people all the time who tell me that their fathers beat into their heads that they were losers who would never succeed. I can scarcely imagine what that is like. There is only so much a pastor can do to remedy such an upbringing, and the best he can do will include pointing such a person to the effective healing love of our heavenly Father, who can do far more than any man. But as fathers we can ensure that our own children are raised with the rich fertilizer of fatherly affection and esteem.
David Murray shares a few highlights from Brain and Behavior Journal‘s recently published research paper on anxiety in the adult population.
In the last decade, Christianity has seemingly become more privatized. Christians are almost apologetic about their faith; sadly, our songs have followed suit. We no longer sing “We’ve a Story to Tell To the Nations” or “Go Forth and Tell, Oh Church of God, Awake!” Perhaps there’s a perception of offense, militant overtones, arrogance, or any number of other excuses.
We are now fully through the looking glass. A Muslim man walked into a gay nightclub and gunned down 49 men and women, most of them gay or lesbian. He paused in the middle of his massacre to call 911 and a local television station, making clear that he wanted the world to know he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. There are no dog whistles here. This is a textbook example of jihadism in action, plain and simple. Yet somehow, Omar Mateen’s massacre has put American Christians on the defensive.