Kindle deals for Christian readers
Todays’ Kindle deals include:
- The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Köstenberger & Justin Taylor—$3.99
- Jesus the Son of God by D.A. Carson—$2.99
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom—$1.99
- One Perfect Life by John MacArthur—$2.99
Great new video from The Bible Project:
Modern remakes of timeless stories, like Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet or Sidney Lumet’sThe Wiz! may not always be particularly masterful in their storytelling, but they do provide fresh, modern takes on stories that can benefit from being told through different lenses.
Because of this, I found myself intrigued when I heard that FOX would air a live presentation of Tyler Perry’s spin on the Passion of Christ. This version takes place in New Orleans, presents the viewer with a Jesus who has expertly crafted hair and modern clothes. Judas is played by American Idol-born pop star Chris Daughtry. A series of pop songs originally composed with a spiritual bent originally composed by bands with names like Hoobastank and Evanescence convey the inner-most thoughts of Jesus and his disciples.
Michael Kelley writes about this man who appears briefly in the Bible, but whose single appearance is perhaps the most perfect illustration of the gospel. Dave Miller also has written an excellent piece with the same title.
This is an older article from Trevin Wax, but it’s worth reading if you missed it the first time.
I had been finding myself constantly frustrated and, at times, depressed. I thought of myself only as a constant failure who could never measure up to my perfectionist expectations and, therefore, did not feel fully accepted by God. Oh, I knew I was born again. There was no question in my mind about that. But I found it almost impossible to simply rest in my acceptance with God. So, He sent Jerry Bridges to me as a faithful counselor to help me see the cause of my frustration: I had shifted the basis of my acceptance with God from His grace alone to His grace plus my daily performance for Him.
Choosing to not praise or forgetting how or simply not having the energy or desire to do so—call it what you will, the words of praise are foreign to my lips these days. I should be embarrassed to write it, to say it, to put it out in public places in public ways, but I think desperation knows no shame. I take comfort in the laments of David these days. His soul felt so taken from him sometimes he had to search to find it and command it to worship.
Julius Kim ask, “How do I choose the text or book I should preach next? Are there important factors to consider in choosing a text?”
Rather than discuss that polarization, I’d like to take a moment to look at the four places churches land with respect to attractionalism. Most articles ask, “Are you attractional, or not?” I’d like to ask, “Since every church is attracting someone, do you know who you’re attracting and why?” I suspect that most churches (in the US at least), fall into one of the following four categories.