Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today’s the last day to get these books by J.I. Packer on sale from Crossway:
Tim Challies and Josh Byers have put together a really great infographic exploring seven really good Study Bibles.
The best Pastor Appreciation gift I ever received was a Husqvarna chainsaw from the Burk family. They got tired of hearing the stories about my Poulan, which Eric considered an imitation chainsaw. I love cutting down trees and carving up firewood; the Husky was and is a formidable weapon in the battle for cellulose fuel.
Almost every pastor will express gratitude for almost any gift, unless, perhaps, it’s an industrial size canister of Hai Karate aftershave. So, in the vein of “How to be a Blessing not a Curse,” here’s a list of 11 things NOT to get your pastor to make Pastor Appreciation month that much more enjoyable.
So here lies the tension I have felt in the general sentiment of people towards the Ashley Madison list: while what was done is in fact horrible and has deeply wounded families, apart from the grace of God, you and I are not any different. And we are always about ten feet from the edge of that moral failure cliff and could at any moment fall as well if we let our guard down (1 Corinthians 15:10).
I am not trying to downplay the sinfulness of the people on the Ashley Madison list. I am instead saying that many others are downplaying their own sinfulness.
I’m not sure if knowing these facts improves my life in any way, but now I can say I know some of them.
We have all experienced those insincere, wafer-thin apologies which only serve to aggravate the initial sin. Heart-repentance is a mark of a true Christian. It is a saving grace worked in us by the Holy Spirit. It involves a true hatred and turning from sin to God and his tender mercy, and an endeavor after the paths of righteousness. True repentance seeks not to cover, but to uncover one’s own sin before God and man. Yet, so often our repentance is luke-warm, half-hearted and self- justifying. In short, it is not evangelical and inward repentance. Here then, are five ways in which we can evaluate whether our own repentance is sincere or self-justifying.