Kindle deals for Christian readers
A few new Kindle deals for you:
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel—$1.99
- Preaching the Farewell Discourse by Scott Kellum—99¢
- The New Guidebook for Pastors by Mac Brunson & James W. Bryant—$2.99
- Spirit-Led Preaching by Greg Heisler—$2.99
- Homiletical Handbook by Donald L. Hamilton—$2.99
- Pastoral Leadership is… by Dave Earley—$2.99
- The Preacher as Storyteller by Austin Tucker—$2.99
Be sure to grab these ones titles focused on women’s ministry for $4.99 before the sale ends:
- Word-Filled Women’s Ministry by Gloria Furman & Kathleen B. Nielson
- Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
- Women’s Ministry in the Local Church by Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt
There’s a lot to say about this.
Am I just tired of relevance, or what? I received the umpteenth glossy card in the mail this week from yet another church opening a brand new “state-of-the-art” facility in our city. It claimed the usual: “casual atmosphere, contemporary music, relevant messages and friendly people who genuinely care about each other.”
Recently there’s been some chatter about the imminent demise of contemporary worship music. Given the resurgent interest in hymns and liturgy, the narrative goes, churches are beginning to turn away from the lights and smoke of contemporary worship to these older traditions. Most recently, Rod Dreher wrote an interesting piece, “Kill Your Megachurch Worship,” in which he essentially offers an “amen” to Jonathan Aigner’s article on the reasons “contemporary worship” is or should be in decline.
I was four years old and riding in the front seat (without my seatbelt) when my mother pulled the car up to the drive thru window. I quickly leaned across her lap and smiled at the lady in the window and said, “I want a cheeseburger and french fries.” She and my mother both laughed at my order because we weren’t at McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King or Backyard Burgers: we were at the bank.
But perhaps part of our call into particular vocations as Christians is first of all to be honest about the moral complexities of our work and, second, to recognize the real gift it takes to work with excellence while navigating these ethical gray areas. The wisdom needed to do one’s work well and virtuously is part of what I think is meant when we talk about Christian vocation and gifts.
In 1854, at the young age of twenty, Spurgeon moved to pastor a church in London (New Park Street Chapel), which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Spurgeon had barely been in London twelve months when a severe case of cholera swept through London. Spurgeon recounts his efforts to care for and visit the numerous sick in the midst of horrific conditions.