The Westminster Bookstore is a terrific special on all Cruciform Press titles: get a single copies of any of the publisher’s 41 titles for $8.50 each, or pay $6.50 when our purchase 5 or more copies (which you can mix-and-match at your pleasure). If you’ve not purchased either Awaiting a Savior or Contend yet, now is the time.
And so can you!
(I really hope all the non-Canadians can see and enjoy this video.)
By 22, I had settled down a little. Shock value, though still something I enjoyed, was a lower priority. While still smoking weed and having sex with women, I maintained an outward appearance of morality. I considered myself a good person; I worked full-time, loved my friends, and usually balanced my budget. Family relationships were improving, and I was finally attempting to lead a relatively respectable life.
In March 2014, a group of coworkers started a Bible study and invited me to join. Because my aunt was part of the group, I agreed to participate. I actually considered myself a Christian at that point, though I had no desire to read God’s Word, let alone conform my life to his will. I told myself that at the first mention of my “lifestyle” I’d quit the study, and I felt pretty confident that moment would come.
This strict, make-every-book-count approach drained the fun out of reading. It left no room for fiction, and I started to read fewer books overall. I grew tired of rising to intellectual heights every time I found my bookmark.
But over the next five years I started to notice something. The people I admired most read widely, from all parts of the library.
In the past year, several colleges and universities have been embroiled in controversy – Yale, Emory, Claremont McKenna, Ithaca, Harvard, and Bowdoin. In most cases, the activists and their opponents all share the same worldview. They are multicultural, educated, and liberal in their politics. But they are caught between the ideal of free expression and the reality of identity politics.
But look at your list again and this time view each of those things are tools in your arsenal for ministry. When a friend speaks to me of her longing for marriage—I get it. When I hear of someone who lost her sibling in an accident—I get it. When friends are walking through divorce or the divorce of their parents—I get it. When a sister miscarries—I get it. When someone loses their job—I get it. When someone walks away from the Church—I get it.
We need wise men and women to work in our legal systems in order to bring about legislative change that will protect the lives of the unborn. We need communities saturated with the gospel to make a social impact in the poverty stricken neighborhoods where abortion clinics tend to thrive. We need adoption agencies and families who are willing to adopt or foster unwanted children. We need crisis pregnancy centers, sonogram machines on wheels, and abortion education and awareness programs. But, we also need people with megaphones and “Babies Are Murdered Here” signs.
Ray Ortlund shares a wonderful quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
A really good one from the Babylon Bee.
What about those expressions of courage? We must also include expressions like that in our thinking, lest we fall victim to the mindset that only those who are lauded for their courage are the ones expressing it. To that end, I wonder if possibly our understanding of courage has not become mingled with fame and celebrity.