Kindle deals for Christian readers
- The Incarnation of God by John Clark & Marcus Peter Johnson—$4.99
- The First Days of Jesus by Andreas J. Köstenberger & Alexander Stewart—$4.99
- The Presence of God by J. Ryan Lister—$4.99
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by JD Greear—$2.99
- Beat God to the Punch by Eric Mason—$2.99
TGC Ontario and The Rock Community Church in Woodstock, Ontario, are co-sponsoring what looks to be a great conference November 27-28 featuring Ian Hales, Tim Challies, Adam Brown, Kevin Mahon and Jody Cross. Registration’s only $35, so if you’re in the area, act quickly.
I love announcements like this one from Eric Geiger.
At the heart of contentment is an embrace of the present and a willingness to enjoy the good things we have right now. These enemies distract us from the present and prompt us to either idolize or demonize our past and future. We either worship or hate the past or future, but doing so makes it impossible to embrace the glory of the contented life.
“Nobody knows who the four evangelists were, but they almost certainly never met Jesus personally. Much of what they wrote was in no sense an honest attempt at history. . . . The gospels are ancient fiction.” – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
If Dawkins is correct, one might imagine the following conversation . . .
What is new is the number of celebrity pastors and the speed at which they are being created and corrupted. Every generation has had a handful of well known pastors, but why are there now so many, and how do they achieve so much influence with so little accountability? What explains the creation of an entire celebrity-class within American evangelicalism?
Whenever we hear news about the killing of Christians, we’re reminded of the dire circumstances many believers face. And it doesn’t take long to realize there are hundreds of stories we never hear. It’s simply too much for anyone to wrap their mind around. The statistics are overwhelming. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity estimates 100,000 Christians now die each year, targeted because of their faith.
That’s 11 per hour.
But would Jesus ever rebuke the persecuted church? He did 2,000 years ago.