Kindle deals for Christians readers
A few new deals to start the day:
- To God be the Glory by J.M. Boice—$1.99
- By Grace Alone by Derek Prince—$1.99
- The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman—99¢
- A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester—$3.99
And finally, three by Joel Beeke:
Barry W Bussey:
It seems that the Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto is for everyone other than Christians. Located at the bustling south-east corner of Dundas Street and Yonge Street, it has been described as the city’s “Times Square.” From crowd-pleasing performances by world-renowned artists, to marijuana smoke-ins, to the city’s best New Years’ Eve bash, it’s a definite hot spot in the heart of the city. It was also the spot where, since 2006, a Christian group known as “Voices of the Nations” (VOTN) had its annual musical festival.
They applied for their usual August date at the Square for 2016 but it was denied. Why? Natalie Belman, the Manager of Events for Yonge-Dundas Square, told VOTN that the singing by various Christian groups this last August amounted to “proselytizing.” In her words, “Well, it doesn’t matter if it’s speaking or singing. Either way if you’re ‘praising Jesus’ or ‘praise the Lord,’ and ‘there’s no God like Jehovah,’ that type of thing? That’s proselytizing.”
In the case of the attacks in Paris the intent was to shock and, by shocking, to stimulate nationwide fear and alarm. Even more importantly, terrorism, as practiced by Islamic State, recognizes no difference between civilians and military personnel, because their war is not primarily against a specific nation or state but against a culture.
How should we react as Christians?
Helpful points to know about ISIS.
There’s a temptation in our Facebook world to make our lives appear like the picture of perfection. We’re always smiling, our kids are wearing matching outfits, our amazing vacations with no hassles are posted for everyone to see, and the homemade bread we baked with wheat grown in our organic garden makes everyone with a bag of chips open feel like a loser. But does this portrayal communicate grace to those around us? Do others look at our lives and feel jealous of how they don’t measure up, or do they know our struggles and imperfections in life? The temptation to want to appear perfect before others is an example of pride on display. It feeds our ego as we subtly tear down others who seemingly have so many problems we never had. But Paul reminds us of a better way.
Aaron Earls reminds us once again about why we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the Internet.
Jonathan Leeman shares in an adaptation of the appendix of Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus.