Kindle deals for Christian readers
Just a few new deals for you today:
- The Apostle by John Pollock—99¢
- Wilberforce by John Pollock—99¢
- The Sermon on the Mount: A 31 Day Guide Through Jesus’ Teaching by Tracy Richardson—99¢
- Everyday Grace by Jessica Thompson—$1.99
- Renewing Minds by David Dockery—$2.99
It’s also the last day to get these volumes from the Preaching The Word commentary series on sale for $7.99:
- Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos by Barry Webb
- Job: The Wisdom of the Cross by Christopher Ash
- Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
- Deuteronomy: Loving Obedience to a Loving God by Ajith Fernando
- Numbers: God’s Presence in the Wilderness by Iain M. Duguid
On Wednesday, the House of Commons held debate on the registration, regulation, and risk-based inspection of what are known as “out-of-schools education settings.” In light of the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham and the threat of students who radicalize and travel to fight with Islamic State, the UK government—as one aspect of its national counter-extremism policy—is taking a closer look at faith schools, private academies, and extracurricular education. Since late 2015, numerous evangelical organizations, including The Christian Institute, have registered strong reservations over how the implementation of counter-extremism policy could force churches to register (and accept government inspection of) Sunday schools and camps, and also how the working definitions of extremism and “fundamental British values” could clash with the teaching of orthodox Christian beliefs.
Perhaps a better way to say it is this: God wants us to be really strong, which is different from the way we might typically desire to be strong. We often want to be strong in a way that reflects well on us. God wants us to be strong in a way that reflects well on him. In a fallen world, these two wants are often at odds.
Erik Raymond also wrote something along the same lines that’s worth reading.
Sorry, friend. You are cool: you are very cool. You’re reading a blog, so you must be. However, there is something out there with a cool factor that is beyond you on your best day. It is often rejected because it is misunderstood. It has an impressive track record spanning centuries. It has billions of friends. It is expository teaching. You’re cool, but just not as cool as expository teaching. Here’s why.
This was really interesting.
My first opportunity to pray in a group came when some of my fellow students and I were standing in a circle, holding hands. The leader told us we could either pray or squeeze the hand of the person next to us. I was a squeezer that day. Since then, I have enjoyed praying and hearing others pray hundreds of times in both planned and impromptu settings. However, I have learned through my mistakes and the conduct of others that there are certain types of group prayer participants none of us should want to be.