Kindle deals for Christian readers
Just a couple of books to suggest today if you’re looking for a good or interesting read on your Kindle:
- Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior—$1.99 (ends today)
- Defiant Joy by Kevin Belmonte—$1.99 (ends today)
- Creation & Evolution: Compatible or in Conflict? by Jay Seegert—$2.99
My friend Stephen recently travelled to Iraq with Haven Today and Samaritan’s Purse to make this short video focusing on the situation of millions of Christians displaced by the Syrian civil war and the tyranny of ISIS:
As he acknowledged, the key to “Star Trek’s” longevity and cultural penetration was its seriousness of purpose, originally inspired by creator Gene Roddenberry’s science-fiction vision. Modeled on “Gulliver’s Travels,” the series was meant as an opportunity for social commentary, and it succeeded ingeniously, with episodes scripted by some of the era’s finest science-fiction writers. Yet the development of “Star Trek’s” moral and political tone over 50 years also traces the strange decline of American liberalism since the Kennedy era.
This is a really great piece from Tim Challies.
Too many people today look at Jesus upon the cross like a spiritual piñata that God has set forth to take a beating so all of us good kids could get all the candy we deserve. No. No. No. Jesus Christ willingly hanging upon the wooden cross in utter humiliation while also maintaining and displaying all of his manifold perfections is the indictment upon all of our manifold imperfections. He is there because we are so bad. And, therefore, he is there because God is so good, holy, sovereign, wise, righteous, loving, and full of mercy.
The Maker of heaven and earth isn’t just concerned with our service; he’s concerned with our intentions. Our motivations. Our hearts.
As deeply as God cares about our motives, however, there’s something he cares about even deeper.
And that’s our message.
Churches all over the nation have Zumba, Crossfit, jazzercise (if churches are stuck in eighties on music, they’re behind the times on this), and all other manner of fitness class. Megachurch pastors write books about dieting and health. Heck, Baptist churches who used to forbid dancing now have dance fitness classes. Priorities have changed.
What hasn’t changed is this: we are still sinners. We love to take good and helpful things and turn them into laws and burdens for ourselves and for others.