Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway has a number of books geared toward dads on sale this week:
- The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Z. Witmer—$2.99
- Man of God by Jack Graham—$1.99
- Disciplines of a Godly Man by Kent Hughes—$2.99
- No More Excuses by Tony Evans—$3.99
- Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham—$2.99
Also on sale are:
- Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend—$2.99
- The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper—$1.99
- John A. Broadus by David S. Dockery—$2.99
As an ex-Muslim who loves America and my Muslim family, my heart is hurting beyond expression.
Today we witnessed the worst mass shooting in American history: 50 tragically killed in a gay bar in Orlando, Florida. The authorities announced the details just a few minutes ago: it was Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a devout American-born Muslim who had pledged his allegiance to ISIL.
Mateen’s father has said the shooting had “nothing to do with religion,” and that his son may have committed this crime because he saw “two men kissing in Downtown Miami a couple months ago.” But no one goes on a killing rampage for seeing two men kiss. Clearly there’s more to this than his father doesn’t see. I do not blame him, though. His son has just died, and he’s not in a state to think clearly. We ought to be praying for him.
Russell Moore has also written a helpful reflection on this event.
Reggie Osborne II:
Too often we sit distracted and disinterested in our corporate gatherings. We sing with little enthusiasm. We pray with little heart. We treat the privileges of God’s family as if they were mere little obligations.
All the while, little eyes are watching us.
Jake Meador offers a friendly critique of Tim Challies’ advice on the questions to ask before reading a book.
Through my work with the Holman Christian Standard Bible, I recently came across research from the Barna Group stating that people don’t read the Bible for a few reasons–primarily because they don’t have enough time or struggle to relate to the language. The stats showed that 88% of American households own a Bible, but only 37% of people read it once a week or more. No doubt, their frustration with trying to understand words, phrases, and concepts in Scripture is a reasonable frustration; but as most preachers have already told their congregations–people have plenty of time to read, but they simply don’t want to make the time.
Obviously our Christian growth can move at various speeds, and we tend to have a kind of ebb and flow. Sometimes we’re moving ahead in leaps and bounds and other times at a snail’s pace. When it’s moving in such a laboriously slow fashion, we may think that it has become utterly stagnant. Again, if there is no evidence of growth whatsoever then I would say it’s time to examine our souls and our hearts to see if we’re in Christ at all because where the spirit of Christ indwells a person, He will not permit total stagnation.
As someone who is constantly working on the “ums” and “ahs”, I can confirm this is good advice. More importantly, it actually works, though it takes commitment to keep practicing.
I am looking forward to seeing how this shapes up and pray it will be a blessing to the churches in my homeland.
I have previously written about my affirmation of bi-vocational ministry as a valid option for ministers. Not everyone agrees with me (some think b-vocational work occurs only because a church isn’t willing to pay full time), but I stand by my position. Given that assumption, here are some different options of bivocational work I’ve seen.