Here are a couple of free(!) Kindle books for you. Ligonier has been spoiling us with one free book a month and for August it’s a good one: In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson. You may also want to grab A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada. And here are a couple of not-free but still great deals: Worship Leaders We Are Not Rock Stars by Stephen Miller was just released 2 days ago ($3.99); Paul’s Letter to the Romans by Colin Kruse, a volume in the amazing Pillar New Testament Commentary set ($2.99). This last one is an absolute no-brainer!
Not Trying to Be Famous - Here is a paradox worth considering: be famous for not trying to be famous. “The grosser manifestation of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy … Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.”
Open Letter to Costco - Here’s an open letter sent to Costco executives: “I am publishing this letter publicly because too often the only businesses we hear about are those which are in some way abusive to customers, vendors and/or employees. As you’ll read in the letter and elsewhere, Costco is an absolute world-class business (and they’re not alone!).”
Pressure Cookers - Someone is watching. “It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching.”
The New Evangelical Liturgy - Kevin DeYoung: “Every church has a liturgy. Traditional congregations have a general order to worship. So do contemporary congregations. So do funky, artistic ones. … But not every liturgy is as good, or strong, or deep, or biblical, or gospel-centered as every other.”
Keeping Millennials - I think every other Christian blogger responded to Rachel Held Evan’s recent article at CNN. The one I enjoyed most was Brent McCracken’s. Evans says the older generation needs to sit with the younger and ask them what they want from church. Brent says to do just the opposite—get the young to sit and listen to the older generation.
The martyrs shook the powers of darkness with the irresistible power of weakness. —John Milton