Kindle deals for Christian readers
Lots of new deals for you today:
- It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke—$1.99
- Cold-Case Christianity ($1.99) and God’s Crime Scene ($3.99) by J. Warner Wallace
- The Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones—$1.99 each
- Long Story Short and Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$2.99 each
- Multiply ($3.99) and Forgotten God ($4.99) by Francis Chan
- The Work of God and God’s Love by R.C. Sproul—$1.99 each
- The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel—$1.99
- How We Got the Bible by Neil R. Lightfoot—$1.99
- Who is This Man? by John Ortberg—$1.99
Today’s also the last day to get these books from Crossway for $4.99 each:
- Why We Pray by William Philip
- Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney
- The Psalter Reclaimed: Praying and Praising with the Psalms by Gordon Wenham
This is pretty cool news!
The issue really wasn’t theology; it was about practice. Peter got the theology right: Gentiles don’t have to live like Jews. But in practice, he was embarrassed to be found with them. He was ashamed to dine with them. His theology was good. His behavior was bad.
Which makes me ask, “What are some ways our theology on issues of different cultures can be good, but our practices be bad?”
Like the spirits who plagued the Demoniac, my mistakes in Easter-preaching have been legion. The subject is always lively, but the preaching is sometimes grave! So in a deeply ironical tone, neither to be copied or encouraged, here are seven ways to preach a terrible Easter sermon. Please, I beg of you, do not try this in your pulpit this Sunday.
Clearly I have personal preferences when it comes to desiring something old and something new, and these personal preferences carry over into my spiritual life. Oftentimes, I am very eager to embrace the new things Jesus has for me, but other times I am reluctant to let go of the old … the old, familiar thoughts and behaviors I’ve grown to love about myself throughout the years. Though my old thoughts and habits are incompatible with the new me, I hesitate to say goodbye.
Yet there are three old things that, no matter what, I have to part with if I’m going to follow Jesus.
As you can imagine, I have thought long and hard about Easter, since it is a central element of my faith. Indeed the Apostle Paul says that if the resurrection did not occur, we have all believed in vain. In May, Rebecca and I will be making a long-awaited visit to Israel. As I anticipate this trip, the historical force of this event keeps hitting me. It is the major reason I believe the message of Christianity—for two reasons.
These aren’t really good news, but at least they’ll set the bar a little more accurately. Most of us spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to other parents, seeing what everyone else posts on social media, and thinking we’re doing a pretty awful job. New parents want to grab the world by the tail and avoid all the mistakes their parents made and all their friends are making. Hopefully these six words of “wisdom” will offer some perspective and maybe a little boost. If they don’t now file them away.
As a Muslim growing up in the United States, I was taught by my imams and the community around me that Islam is a religion of peace. My family modeled love for others and love for country, and not just by their words. My father served in the U.S. Navy throughout my childhood, starting as a seaman and retiring as a lieutenant commander. I believed wholeheartedly a slogan often repeated at my mosque after 9/11: “The terrorists who hijacked the planes also hijacked Islam.”
Yet as I began to investigate the Quran and the traditions of Muhammad’s life for myself in college, I found to my genuine surprise that the pages of Islamic history are filled with violence. How could I reconcile this with what I had always been taught about Islam?