Kindle deals for Christian readers
This week the 9Marks “Building Healthy Churches” series is on sale for $4.99 each:
- Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman (reviewed here)
- Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman
- Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne
- Evangelism by Mack Stiles (reviewed here)
- Expositional Preaching by David Helm
- The Gospel by Ray Ortlund (reviewed here)
- Sound Doctrine by Bobby Jamieson (reviewed here)
Also on sale:
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller—$3.99 (this is a very well written book, and among his least problematic theologically)
- Miracles by Tim Stafford—$1.99
- The Confessions of St. Augustine—99¢
- The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by William Harty & Boyd Seevers—$2.99
…I have observed a somewhat disturbing trend among ministers in recent years. If a man posts links to his own sermon audio, things about the church he pastors or to books, articles or posts that he has written then he is often painted by the social media police as being driven by self-aggrandizement, opportunism and desire for celebrity status. Judging the motives of others is an extremely spiritually unwise and unhealthy practice. The Scriptures say, “Let another mouth praise you and not yourself,” not “Let another man post links to your sermons, books and writings and not yourself.” We need to guard our hearts against sinfully judging the motives of those who do. In short, we must guard against setting ourselves up as self-appointed social media police.
I began ministry at a grand $36,000 a year, until I finally pinned down some of my theology and decided the place I worked didn’t share it. I then transferred to a church that paid significantly less, we had our first child, and the “graduating payment” plan kicked in generously, asking us to donate to our local loan officer a grand $400 a month payment.
The story does get better, but before it does, I need to be honest about the fact that “ministry” during this the time felt less like changing people’s souls and more like I was a cat trying to claw its way up drywall. I was struggling to breathe, to work, to think straight – my debt was an insurmountable burden, like I was pregnant with a child who would never breach the womb.
Seeking to know Him came with many obstacles and danger, but Salmaa continued to pursue Him. The longing to have peace, righteousness, and nearness to God could not be quenched. And in recent days, her longing to know Jesus has intensified by the most unlikely of circumstances.
As Salmaa watched the news and saw the murder of 21 Ethiopian Christians by the hands of ISIS, she was strangely drawn to the peace she found on the faces of the men who knelt in honor of Jesus.
How could they be at such peace with God?
Whenever I step foot in the mall I realize how many things I “need.” The enticing window displays of shiny leather shoes, the latest fashions, and giant red SALE signs draw me in like a moth to a flame. All of a sudden, I realize how dingy my boots look, how out of style my coat is, and why I had better jump on this clearance sale before it’s gone. What I had been content with 10 minutes ago now urgently needs to be replaced.
Discontent has set in, and it leads down a windy path to a host of other sins.
Although it could be defeated in the Senate or struck down with a presidential veto, this is still news worth celebrating (and praying that this would be made into law).