Kindle deals for Christian readers
Today is the last day to get these biographies from Crossway on sale:
- John Newton by Jonathan Aitken—$4.99
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones by Christopher Catherwood—$3.99
- Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper—$1.99
Also worth considering:
- Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites (99¢) and Upside ($1.99) by Bradley Wright
- Reformation by Carl Trueman—$2.99
- The Band That Played On by Steve Turner—$1.99
- How To Talk So People Will Listen by Steve Brown—99¢
- The Spirit of Prayer by Nathaniel Vincent—99¢
Jesus paid it all
One of the videos shared at T4G this week. I think you’ll appreciate it:
Bruce Springsteen says he won’t perform for North Carolina, as long as the state upholds its recently passed law regarding gender and public restrooms. Springsteen is doing what millions of Americans are taught, in classrooms and in culture, to do: Standing up for his conscience, and drawing lines accordingly. But in our era, the question becomes: If this is counted to Springsteen as righteousness, why is it counted as sin to North Carolina?
This week I started coaching little league baseball for the first time. My two boys are on the same team and we’re pretty excited around here.
This week another high-profile pastor was removed from ministry for immorality, this time a friend of mine. This is not the first time this has happened. I’ve seen it since I was a child, from preachers whose names virtually no one reading this would know to preachers most would recognize. Maybe you’ve experienced this, and like me you find yourself reeling in sadness, regret, and even anger. So what should we do?
Josh Buice offers some good thoughts.
I have personally struggled over the years with what to say and how to say it when I pray. I’m in good company. Even the apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray. And with kind, compassionate patience in his voice, he taught them to pray simply, humbly, confidently, according to God’s word, and for God’s glory.
You could sum up Jesus’s teaching into a few guiding principles.
Barton Swaim on the changes made in the 50th anniversary edition of Basic Christianity:
The copy I bought is a fiftieth-anniversary reprint by Eerdmans and includes a new preface by Stott himself, who died in 2011. I read the preface mainly out of curiosity, not intending to read the book again, and this sentence caught my attention: “It was obviously necessary to update the language, not least by use of a modern translation of the Bible, and to respond to sensitivities relating to gender. We are grateful to Dr. David Stone for taking care of these sensitivities.”
The subject of gendered pronouns has of course become controversial in recent years. Although I myself take an old-school view on the question—“he,” “him,” and “his” for general antecedents, though occasionally “his or her” sounds appropriate to my ear—I was prepared to accept the need to alter Stott’s original text in order to avoid causing offense. The elderly Stott’s “not least” sounded worrisome, but how bad could it be?