Some really great Kindle deals out there today, among them Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper (99¢), and The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience, both by Nik Ripken (99¢ each). Also worth considering are:
- Jesus Outside the Lines by Scott Sauls—$3.99 (not sure how long this will last)
- Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel—$2.99
- Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath—$2.99
- Then Sings My Soul by Robert Morgan—$1.99
- Read the Bible for Life by George Guthrie—$2.99
For those starting college or seminary education, I know it can sometimes be intimidating or overwhelming. And for those who don’t feel a little intimidated or overwhelmed, you may need to prepare yourselves, lest you get caught off-guard by the challenges of your studies and the seminary culture. Maybe the following few words can serve in this regard.
As Simone Biles was clinching yet another gold medal in Rio, people on both sides of the abortion debate were pointing to her achievements and background as a justification for their position.
But both miss out on a very important fact: Simone Biles has value not because she is a young woman inspiring the world or because she is a world champion gymnast who was adopted as a child. Simone has value simply because she is Simone.
Everything you do can become an agent for good. The activities of our everyday lives are themselves part of the good works God created us for in Christ (Ephesian 2). And, therefore, they have great meaning. Don’t just try to get things done; seek to serve others to the glory of God in everything you do.
Note: If your recruitment pitch includes a reference to how little time volunteering is in the grand scheme, you’re probably guilty of number five.
Do I keep my kid in soccer to help him master his weaknesses, or let him keep looking and find the sport he loves? As it turns out, extracurricular activities can be ethically complex.
I am endlessly perplexed by people who say–and there are many who do–that social media and the internet “community” are the best measures of What’s Really Happening in the world today. These folks will point us to Twitter if we want to know what’s really making an impact in our culture, the things people are really talking about. There’s an entire journalism industry, in fact, being formed around the idea that the internet has a personality, and that this personality is every bit as consequential to your experience of the world as the 10PM news. Thus, you get stories in your news feed like, “Celebrity XYZ Recently Said This, and the Internet is NOT Happy About It.”
We will see what we want to see in the text and miss many things. A discouraged husband will land on Ephesians 5:22-24 and gloss over verses 25-33. If he gets to verse 33 his focus won’t be on loving his wife it will be on how she isn’t respecting him. But what he is doing here is missing the gorilla. We can do this with every passage of Scripture.
A favorite from the archives:
Now, when friends are reading crazy bad books, should we be concerned? Yep, absolutely. If we’re not, we’re probably not the best friends in the world. But what should we do, since grabbing the book out of your friend’s hands and setting it on fire probably isn’t the best solution—unless you don’t really want to be friends with that person anymore, that is.