Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today, Crossway has put Glory Hunger by J.R. Vassar on sale for $1.99. Also on sale:
- The Beauty of Intolerance by Josh and Sean McDowell—$2.99
- Handbook for Christian Living by Charles Stanley—$2.99
With T4G coming up, there’s going to be a big line-up of deals coming up in the next few days, so be on the lookout.
I enjoy making the people I like uncomfortable, especially favorite theologians as I push them outside the comforts of their field of expertise to hear them address pressing contemporary issues.
So when I first suggested Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer address connections and conflicts between Theo-drama (his specialty) and community gaming (not his specialty), he wrinkled his nose a bit, but agreed. At the same time I asked, a summer gaming league (Minecraft) had come to his city, and a newspaper story on a community gaming competition at a Chicago theater had already caught his attention.
When child abuse happens in a church, it has a significant impact on everyone involved and can tarnish the reputation of a church body. Imagine the impact a reported case could have on your church; the loss of trust among members, the damaged reputation in the community and the impact on the victim.
This does not even include the financial impact litigation could have if the church were found to be negligent in this area. Doing your due diligence to put systems and processes in place is one way to protect your ministry.
Edmondo Sanganyado asked a whole lot of people how laypeople can become better theologians. Definitely worth checking out.
One of the great matters that ought to be on the forefront of every believing mind is that which concerns the nature and evidence of a true church. The Reformed Confessions spoke to this issue, as it was pressing for the Reformers and Puritans to do so in light of Roman Catholic perversions of the biblical teaching on the nature of the Church.
When I became a pastor in Minnesota over a decade ago, it was the first time I heard this phrase used since my time with Leafblad. I discovered Leafblad had been an influence on the senior pastor’s thinking on worship during his time in seminary decades before, and also that Leafblad had been at the church as an interim worship pastor during a transitional time in the life of the church. All that to say, this phrase had become part of the fabric of the church and was often included in the prayers of the people. It was a sweet reminder of my time learning from Leafblad and a constant reminder of our need to focus both our “minds’ attention and hearts’ affection on the Lord.”
This is a few years old, but it’s worth reading.
I agree with this 100 percent:
I have problems with secondhand sermons because I think preaching and teaching is the pastor’s calling. It’s his job. He is supposed to spend whatever it takes to know the Scriptures and to make them plain for his people. And as a pastor of a local church, his job is to read the Scriptures and understand the Scriptures specifically in relation to the needs of his flock. He is not supposed to be a generic preacher. He is supposed to guard this flock and feed this flock, because he knows and loves this flock. Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17, “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” Now that last phrase — “those who labor in preaching and teaching” — defines the calling of the preacher. This is his work. He should labor in the study of the Scriptures until he sees God’s Word for his people and feels it with joy.