As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I’m swimming in a sea of boxes right now as we settle into our new apartment here in Franklin. So far, the transition’s been going well, although I will say this: moving countries is not for the faint of heart.
Kindle deals for Christian readers
So far this week, there have been a number of books on sale worth consider, including these on sexual identity and healing from Crossway:
- Sex and the Supremacy of Christ edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor
- What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung (reviewed here)
- Rid of My Disgrace by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb (also reviewed here)
- Designed for Joy edited by Jonathan Parnell & Owen Strachan
Tim LaHaye, the co-author of the Left Behind series, died yesterday at age 90. Jerry B. Jenkins wrote a nice article about LaHaye for CT.
But a bootstraps gospel is a false gospel. I’m not drifting into antinomianism here, but simply reminding you that your salvation depends on Christ’s obedience, not yours. Below are three things to remember about sin to remind yourself that it has ultimately lost its power in your life. These reminders help us eliminate the shame we feel after disobedience and push us to repent of our sin even when we’re tempted to wallow in it. They are “gospelisms”—truths about the gospel that are easy to preach to one another when we begin to forget the gospel—and I hope that they help you as they have helped me.
Nobody believer wants to give the devil a place to stand. We don’t want to give him a foothold in our churches. To give him a foothold or a place would be like giving him a seat at the table—a place where he could interject his ideas, cause us to give weight to his thoughts. Certainly no believer wants to allow him to grab hold of something and say, “Ah, now here…here is a place where I can grab hold of? Here is a place where I can really stabilize myself and make some inroads? Yes, here is a place where I can worm my way into this person’s heart or this church body”.
Sin is no respecter of persons. It does not care what your name is, what your title is, how successful you are, or how large your platform is. It’s not impressed with how long you have been in ministry, how big your church is, or what degrees you have hanging on the wall.
It does not care.
This could be a very enjoyable film.
Though this one might still be better:
I can buy this theory.
In our society, we often gauge the value of work based on compensation, title, and place. If you don’t get paid, have a formal title, and leave your house for meetings or the office, then it must not be real work. But that’s not how God defines our work.