Kindle deals for Christian readers
Here are a whole bunch of new deals for you:
- Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger and Josh Patterson—$2.99
- Reclaiming Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer—$4.99
- Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason—$2.99
- Contending with Christianity’s Critics by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan—$2.99
- Come Let Us Reason by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan—$2.99
- Passionate Conviction by William Lane Craig and Paul Copan—$2.99
- The Apologetics Study Bible—$5.99
- 10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer by Alex McFarland and Elmer Towns—$2.99
- Words for Readers and Writers: Spirit-Pooled Dialogues by Larry Woiwode—$1.99
- Finally Free by Heath Lambert—$3.99
- Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill—$3.99
- Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman—$1.99
- The Power of Words and the Wonder of God by John Piper—$1.99
- Meaning at the Movies by Grant Horner—$1.99
- Art and the Christian Mind by Laurel Gasque—$1.99
- Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles by Kathy Keller—$1.99
- The Ethics of Sex by Scott B. Rae—$1.99
- Understanding Sexual Identity by Mark A. Yarhouse—$3.99
- Loveology by John Mark Comer—$3.99
Finally, the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series is on sale for $3.99 each:
- Believer’s Baptism by Tom Schreiner
- Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce
- God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton
- Future Israel by Barry Horner
- Lukan Authorship of Hebrews by David Allen
- Sermon On The Mount by Charles Quarles
- The End of the Law by Jason Meyer
- Messianic Hope by Michael Rydelnik
- The Ten Commandments by Mark Rooker
- That You May Know by Christopher D. Bass
Drew Dyck had some fun with the Oprah quotes on the sleeves at Starbucks.
For better or for worse, evangelicalism’s lack of authority structure and ecclesial identity open the door for campus ministries, parachurch organizations, and singers, writers, and moviemakers to fulfill the role of quasi-theologians. This is why, when celebrities cross the boundaries of their conservative audience, they get an earful from their constituency, who, rightly or wrongly, feel betrayed by the star’s defection.
The left’s response to Gungor and Jars of Clay was to celebrate an artist’s willingness to boldly “ask questions,” to be “authentic,” and to reformulate Christianity in ways that take into consideration our contemporary setting. The conservative response was to decry these artists as defectors from the faith and to write them and their questions off.
My Facebook feed was filled with both responses – those who praised the courage and creativity of Gungor, and those who condemned their unorthodox views. Both attitudes left me unsatisfied. Here’s why.
But there is still another aspect of their victimization I want us to see: The very fact that these women took these photographs in the first place is proof that they are victims of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I assume they were all willing participants in these photo shoots, but they were victims even in their willingness—victims of those forces that makes them believe they are nothing more than their beauty, their sexiness, or their sexual desirability. They are victims of the lust that drove them to inappropriate sexual relationships outside of marriage. When we understand sin, we understand that a person can be a willing participant and victim at the same time and in the same act.
Probably the most unique selection in this series so far. (Also, by far one of my favorite blog series from Justin Taylor.)
Depression was once a topic reserved for “other people.” It certainly was not something those in vocational ministry experienced. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that ministers rarely admitted that they were depressed. After all, weren’t these servants of God supposed to have their acts together? How could pastors and other ministers who have the call of God on their lives experience the dark valley of depression?
Ministers often feel shame and failure when they go through bouts of depression. And their reticence to tell anyone about their plights has exacerbated the problem.
But today more and more ministers are willing to talk about this issue. Articles in Christian Post, the New York Times, and Paul Tripp’s Gospel Coalition blog address the problem candidly and proactively.
This morning I woke thinking of all the ways I have failed, all those I have failed, and all the failures yet to come. How could a holy God condescend to me? How could he fit his goodness as a cloak on me? Surely I have toed the line of arrogance and fear and anxiety and lust and envy and all kinds of sin, enough that I have gone out the bounds of his demands.
But if Salvation is to “make wide” or to “make sufficient,” then the salvific act was one that spread wide around the boundaries of every one of my days and sins and weakness and proclivities and covers them all.