We’re heading into the most terrifying time of the year—Black Friday. I’ll be keeping track of the deals that come onto my radar and doing a big round-up (likely with frequent updates) on Friday and throughout Cyber Monday. For now, here are some advent-related Kindle deals:
- The Invention of Lefse by Larry Woiwode—$1.99
- The Three Wise Women by Christin Ditchfield—$1.99
- Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Nancy Guthrie—$2.99
- The Innkeeper by John Piper—$3.99
- The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper—$3.99
Brothers, let’s not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let’s get into the vineyard of God’s word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts in worship. Let’s get into the kitchen of study and prep and start putting together the banquet. And come Sunday let’s spread the feast out rich and sumptuous, beckoning our people to taste and see that the Lord is good. They don’t need our doomsdaying or dimbulbing. Still less do they need our shallow pick-me-ups and spitpolished legalism. Like our brother Wesley, let us set ourselves on fire with gospel truth that our church families might come watch us burn.
It’s clear that neither Maher nor Colbert are likely to pick up a “coexist” sticker for their laptop. Both comedians understand the comprehensive claim being made by various faiths. All can’t be true; all can’t be equal. Each worldview—including Maher’s atheism—makes a claim that is exclusive. This clarifies the subtext in the aforementioned interview. It explains the downright awkward feel of the whole thing. Bill can’t say “you do you!” to Stephen any more than Stephen can say “to each his own!” to Bill. Both men are drawing up borders which leaves the other on the “outside.” Both are representatives of kingdoms making the exact same claim on the exact same sphere. For either to capitulate with a “if that works for you…” sentiment would be paramount to treason.
You don’t have to look hard to notice aspects of nature that clearly don’t fit the Euclidean framework. Rivers, mountains, coastlines, lightning, our circulatory system: Where’s the symmetry and structure? Where’s the order?
The answer, as mathematicians are discovering more and more often, involves fractals: geometric figures that occur in nature, even in seemingly chaotic systems.
What if someone told your preaching was missing one critical ingredient that could undermine the effectiveness of your entire ministry?
That is unfortunately the state of much evangelical preaching today—preaching that aims to be biblical, but is dangerously close to presenting a distorted, anemic view of God—or at worst an unbiblical view that can only be described as something other than true biblical Christianity.
This missing ingredient for many evangelical preachers today is the judgment of God.
Marty Duren writes an open letter to Whoopi Goldberg in response to her comment, “There have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian.” It’s pretty terrific.