Kindle deals for Christian readers
Cruciform Press launched its “five days five books” sale, with the following titles being offered for 99¢ each:
- Does God Listen to Rap?: Christians and the World’s Most Controversial Music by Curtis “Voice” Allen
- Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics by Joe Coffey
- Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life by Jimmy Davis
- Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer by Paul Tautges
- Grieving, Hope and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ by Albert Martin
Also on sale:
- Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites by Bradley Wright—$3.99
- The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson—$1.99
- Renewing Your Mind by R.C. Sproul—$3.99
- Reasons for Belief by Norman Geisler—$1.99
- The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson—99¢
- Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson—$1.99
- Peacemaking Women by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler—$2.99
- The Great Evangelical Recession by John Dickerson—$1.99
- How to Preach Without Notes by Charles Koller—$1.99
- To Live is Christ to Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler and Jared Wilson—$2.99
- The Message of Acts by John Stott—$2.99
- Ten Myths About Calvinism by Kenneth Stewart—$2.99
- The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever—99¢
- Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs—$2.99
- Reaching the Lost by Bobby Jamieson—99¢
- Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Thomas Miller—$1.99
Finall, Christian Focus has a few of their Jungle Doctor books on sale for $2.99 each (note: I noticed some availability issues on Amazon, so they may or may not still be available for purchase):
- Jungle Doctor Spots a Leopard
- Jungle Doctor and the Whirlwind
- Jungle Doctor’s Enemies
- Eyes on Jungle Doctor
- Jungle Doctor’s Crooked Dealings
Alan Noble kills it:
Behind all of these charges is the suspicion that evangelicals are simply refusing to accept contemporary American mores; they are privileging their faith over the moral spirit of the age. But for many evangelicals, these beliefs are not actually a sign of retreat from public life. Instead, there is a fear that in an increasingly secularized society, there will be less tolerance for people who wish to act upon their deeply held religious beliefs, except in narrowly defined, privatized spaces. This is a fundamentally American concern: Will I have the right to serve God as I believe I am obligated to?
“Maybe there really is a God.”
Young Sam has had this nagging sense in his heart for a few weeks now. But he’s always been an intellectual, so he’s not the type of guy that just goes on feelings. So he does what he always has done when he wants to find the answer to something—he goes to his local library.
Dustin Germain applies Osteen’s Christless nonsense to the poorest of the poor. The results are about what you’d expect (go see).
The problem with deleting the devil from our theology is that we also delete what the Bible teaches about the devil. Certainly, Church history has created numerous satanic caricatures: pitchforks, red dress, cloven hoof, etc. And though these unbiblical traditions have made him out to look more like a nasty clown, such is no excuse for discarding the biblical teaching on Satan.
This is a fascinating piece over at Science 2.0:
Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged.
While this idea may seem outlandish—after all, it seems easy to decide not to believe in God—evidence from several disciplines indicates that what you actually believe is not a decision you make for yourself. Your fundamental beliefs are decided by much deeper levels of consciousness, and some may well be more or less set in stone.
This line of thought has led to some scientists claiming that “atheism is psychologically impossible because of the way humans think,” says Graham Lawton, an avowed atheist himself, writing in the New Scientist. “They point to studies showing, for example, that even people who claim to be committed atheists tacitly hold religious beliefs, such as the existence of an immortal soul.”
…perhaps it’s worth a minute or two to walk through the ways in which Lutherans came down on the five “points” of Calvinism. We should all understand by now that there’s far more to Calvinism than five simple points, that the five points themselves were sharpened after Calvin’s death, and that some think that Calvin himself did not affirm them all. So Calvinist friends, hold your fire. The goal here is not to oversimplify your faith, but to scan the ways that leading early Lutherans addressed the matters fought about most fiercely at the Reformed Synod of Dordt (1618–1619), and in the subsequent debates between Calvinists and Arminians.