Kindle deals for Christian readers
Crossway has a number of excellent books on sale for $3.99 that would be worth reading leading up to Easter:
- The First Days of Jesus by Andreas J. Köstenberger & Alexander Stewart
- Scandalous by D. A. Carson
- Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey
- Raised with Christ by Adrian Warnock
One other deal worth mentioning is GLH Publishing’s new edition of Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible which is available for $1.99.
This was a fascinating article.
Maybe not mind-bending, but the “you can’t unsee” part is entirely accurate.
In recent decades ambient sounds have become omnipresent in church gatherings. Meetings start with a synth swell and every song after that is connected to the next with musical glue. Synth pads play softly behind prayer, Scripture readings, song intros, communion, and in some cases, the preaching. If you don’t have someone who can produce the necessary sounds, no worries. “Worship pads” in every key are available for purchase to smooth out the transitions.
Which raises the question: what’s going on?
In our worship service, the Supper comes at the end, before the benediction. We use some words to explain the sacrament, but for the most part, the sacrament is an image. The bread is broken and distributed to those who have received Jesus by faith. We eat together. Then we drink the cup as well.
In which Stephen Altrogge pokes fun. Because he can.
If you follow the evangelical blogosphere, there are regular eruptions of moral outrage over celebrity pastors/leaders who continue in ministry after public sin is revealed. (Note — I have participated in my fair share of such eruptions and am lecturing to myself as much as anyone.) I have been thinking that we often paint with broad brushes what are actually very different situations, and we don’t understand (or really believe) how the good news of Jesus speaks into them.
It seems to me that we tend to respond to accurate criticism in one of two ways: repentance or defensiveness. These two reactions are as different as heaven and hell.