Kindle deals for Christian readers
Lots of new stuff on sale today:
- The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel—99¢
- A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada—$1.99
- Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower—$1.99
B&H has put a number of titles in the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series on sale for 99¢ each:
- Believer’s Baptism by Thomas Schreiner
- Enthroned on Our Praise by Timothy Pierce
- God’s Indwelling Presence by James Hamilton
- The Lord’s Supper by Thomas Schreiner
- The End of the Law by Jason Meyer
- That You May Know by Christopher Bass
Also on sale are 12 volumes in B&H’s Perspectives series for 99¢ unless otherwise indicated:
- Perspectives on the Ending of Mark
- Perspectives on Your Child’s Education
- Perspectives on the Doctrine of God
- Perspectives on Election
- Perspectives on Church Government
- Perspective on Children’s Spiritual Formation—$2.99
- Perspectives on Our Struggle With Sin—$2.99
- Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement—$2.99
- Perspectives on Spirit Baptism
- Perspectives on Christian Worship
In those first few weeks tucked in at home, family members making our meals, days turning into nights as we planted ourselves on the sofa caring for our beautiful boy, it took all my effort to move from the living room to the bathroom, from the bathroom to our own bed. Tim had to pick up Rocco and bring him to me every few hours during the night; I couldn’t get up on my own. Tim had to change diapers for me; I couldn’t bend over. And without other people nearby to see what we were facing in the especially hard work of those early weeks, how much effort it took for us to get from one day to the next, that was when I first heard the temptation: If you’re sacrificing and serving and no one notices, what you’re doing must not matter at all.
We all prefer success to failure but, really, success is more dangerous. In failure, we know we rely totally on God’s approval and sustaining arm. In success, it is easy to begin looking around, surveying all the territories claimed, all the peoples gathered, all the ministry renown redounding, and we think, “Well, lookee here. Look what has been built with my talents, my gifts, my skills, my strategies, my visions, my sweat, my sacrifice.”
There is a real gospel for a real people. The people we are preaching to are not numbers, they are not statistics, they are not our fans, and they are not test dummies. They are people with souls. They have real emotions, real issues, real concerns, and a real need for Jesus. Give him to them.
No matter your faith system or the foundation for your moral standards, the chances are high that if you’ve ever used the internet, you’ve been a jerk to someone on the internet.
If complementarianism is defined solely by outward behavior and by certain societal standards for “a godly family model,” then many of us would be disqualified—including my mother. I grew up in a two-parent home and, though I wouldn’t say it was a Christian home, it was filled with love and laughter. My father owned a shoe-shine stand and took his role as husband, father, and leader seriously. My mother worked full-time and eventually, as an adult, finished college. We were a typical lower-to-middle class family. But to provide, my father needed the assistance of his wife. So she worked. This is the case for many families of all nationalities and ethnicities.
Sometimes the act of confessing to a wife or husband seems like it would do more harm than good. I once got a letter from a man who said he committed adultery years ago, but the affair had lasted only a week and he had repented to God and others. The reason he was unsure about confessing to his wife was that the marriage was already going through difficulty, and he was deeply concerned that a bombshell like this would end the marriage and harm the children.