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Today’s deals include The Story of Everything by Jared Wilson ($2.99), John by John MacArthur (99¢), and Lincoln’s Battle with God by Stephen Mansfield ($1.99). Logos’ free book of the month is Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath.
This was extremely helpful for me to read.
Last week a video of guys reading mean tweets to female sportscasters went viral. [Caution: the language is offensive] The women had read the tweets beforehand, as they likely saw them in their twitter feed in real time. The guys had not read the tweets and were recruited to read them to the women as cameras captured the interactions. As they tried to read the tweets, the guys were dumbfounded, stunned, and unable to look the women in the eyes or continue reading. They were embarrassed, heart-broken, and apologetic. The tweets were cruel, filled with hatred, and laced with sexually abusive language.
As a father of daughters growing up in our culture, it was difficult to watch. The tweets show my daughters are growing up in a world that is deeply broken and flawed. I showed the video to Kaye, my wife, who did not want to finish watching it. The “mean tweets” show us how messed up we are in at least three ways.
April was Autism Awareness month. As a Family Pastor and father of a child with special needs, I want to address a question I often hear from children’s ministry volunteers: “How do you start a conversation with parents about the possibility of their child having special needs?” This can be one of the most awkward situations in children’s ministry. Often children’s ministry volunteers have a background in education. They may have strong suspicions about a child’s needs but the parent seems completely unaware. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, here are a few brief encouragements.
Michael Kruger reviews Bart Ehrman’s latest.
Many Christians struggle with “nagging sins” — those entrenched, persistent, difficult-to-dislodge sins that continually entangle us in our efforts to follow Christ. Sometimes we struggle for decades, with bouts of backsliding and despair recurring. Most godly Christians, who have made true progress in their pursuit of holiness, can sing with feeling “prone to wander, Lord I feel it,” or share the lament of Augustine: “I have learned to love you too late!”
Crime and Punishment is rightly hailed for its psychological depth and realism, but it has another claim to fame that makes it required reading, especially for Christians concerned about moral relativism’s devastating effects on the modern world. Just as Alfred Lord Tennyson, in his epic poem In Memoriam (published in 1850 but written mostly in the 1830s), wrestled with the implications of Darwinian natural selection more than a decade prior to the publication of The Origin of Species (1859), so Dostoevsky, in Crime and Punishment, exposed the dangers and delusions of Nietzsche’s theory of the übermensch more than 20 years before Nietzsche introduced that figure to the world in Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883).
So who really cares? Why call attention to these individuals? Because just like exploitive health and wealth televangelists, these neo-televangelists harm the body of Christ. They undermine both our reputation and our character.