Kindle deals for Christian readers
Lots of good stuff on sale today including my favorite primer on church history, Church History in Plain Language (4th edition) by Bruce Shelley for $5.99. Also consider:
- Zondervan NIV Study Bible edited by D.A. Carson—$3.99
- The Confessions of St. Augustine—99¢
- His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy by Jani Ortlund—$2.99
- Jesus, Justice and Gender Roles by Kathy Keller—$1.99
- How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams—$2.99
- Becoming Worldly Saints by Michael Wittmer—$2.99
- The Gospel at Work by Greg Gilbert—$2.99
- It’s Personal by Brian and Amy Bloye—$2.99
- The Pastor’s Family by Brian and Cara Croft—$2.99
- A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge—$2.99
- Studies on the Go: James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John by David Olshine—$2.99
- Humilitas and The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission by John Dickson—$2.99 each
- The Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan K. Dodson—$2.99
- A Place for Weakness ($2.99), For Calvinism ($2.99), and Ordinary ($3.99) by Michael Horton
- How God Became Jesus edited by Michael F. Bird—$3.99
- Finally Free by Heath Lambert—$3.99
- Worship by the Book edited by D.A. Carson—$3.99
- PROOF by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones—$3.99
Drawing from their example, I can shut up and let people mourn. Stephen and Jesus remained silent facing their own death. You and I can remain silent while others deal with death in their community.
Eventually, faulty comparisons and illogical arguments can be refuted and confronted, but that day is not today. Fifty people created in God’s image are dead and that calls for mourning.
What I speak to my son in the dimly lit bedtime hour is the truth. With the Spirit in me, I can say with all joy and seriousness that Jesus is my greatest love. But my present life in the flesh means I don’t always act that way. Even in my best attempts, I fail greatly, and find myself worshipping other loves. I enjoy the approval of my children and my friends, I lay down too much for the sake of worldly achievements, I pursue satisfaction in entertainment and social media, and I desire for all those under my reign to make me look good. To my child, it might even seem offensive to hear I love someone else more, but ultimately, it’s the greatest gift I can give.
The Gospel Coalition is thrilled to release When Trials Come: Resurrection Songs for a World of Suffering, an album featuring songs from Sandra McCracken, Shane & Shane, Jenny & Tyler, Page CXVI, Jackie Hill-Perry, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Beautiful Eulogy, and more.
Is following Jesus just a small, subjective feeling? Did the Spirit’s work in changing my heart mean that his work was only for my heart? These questions perplexed me for quite some time. I never received peace until I dug into the scriptures to explore the kingdom of God.
Somewhere along the way we’ve bought into an idea that the answer for busyness is idleness. Rather than saying “yes” to everything we say “no” to most things. We wrongly think that our burn-out was a result of our focusing too much time and energy on others and so we start to focus on ourselves. We replace our “yes” to others with a “yes” to ourselves.
Anselm had a huge view of God, and therefore a huge view of sin, and therefore a huge view of the cross. In these fundamental impulses of his thinking, he is invaluable corrective to the temptations we face in our modern Western context.
When a church starts, typically the church focuses on doing a few things. But if a strategy for making disciples is not established, a church quickly drifts to complexity. When there is a clearly defined discipleship process, church leaders can focus resources, time, and energy on that which most helps people mature and develop. If there is not a clear process for discipleship, a myriad of events and programs get added.
Often a long-standing event needs to be buried as it drains resources, time, and energy from the more important. What can ministry leaders do to bury a church event wisely and sensitively?