Today’s Kindle deals include another heap of great books. This has been the best week in a long, long time!
Crossway has just released the ESV Archaeological Study Bible. It looks like a substantial and helpful resource.
(Yesterday on the blog: Are Sports and Hobbies a Waste of Time? )
It never fails to amaze what God uses to bring about his purposes. In the case of Madagascar, it was soap. What a great story!
So sad. So beautiful.
“The Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion. China has always controlled sales of the Bible, only allowing it to be distributed and printed by state-sanctioned churches, but in recent years it had been available to buy online. That loophole now appears to be firmly closed. Searches for ‘Holy Bible’ did not return results on JD.com, and results on Amazon.cn did not include the main text, but did include study guides and the Koran.”
“In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores why columns look the way they do — in particular, the leave-strewn Corinthian columns you’ll often see on buildings (both old and new).”
Have you ever wondered what those black tubes stretched across the road are for? You probably guessed their main purpose, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
“We speak often of the sacrifice of Christ as substitutionary. Jesus didn’t simply love us from a distance. He didn’t merely speak of his mercy or his grace. That would have been of no benefit to us. What we needed first and foremost and above all else was the sinless Son of God to become one of us, a human being, and as the God-man to live a life for us that we could not live, in complete and perfect obedience to the law of God, and to die a death that we should have died to satisfy the wrath of God that we alone deserved. This is what Peter means when he speaks of Jesus suffering ‘for’ us, in our place, enduring what we deserved, dying our death.”
“Imagine you are living in a kingdom where the king has ultimate control over your child’s life. He will decide who your child will be, where she will go, who she will associate with. And, because He is a good, kind, wise king, he allows you 24 hour access to his chamber, where you can come to tell him everything that you would like to see happen in your child’s life. You can ask for all kinds of crazy, unlikely, wild, and wonderful things for your child, and the king will listen to your requests. Wouldn’t you run to his chamber a lot? Wouldn’t you practically be a fixture there, asking him to help your child, to guide her, to grow her, to keep her on the right path?”
Thanks to the internet, we live in an increasing small world. Because of this, we will run into people who differ doctrinally from us. This article contains some good ideas on how to handle those disagreements well.
Today more than ever, we must be people who know and love and live the Word of God. And then we must be prepared to stand on, and suffer for, what we know is true.
None can know their election but by their conformity to Christ; for all who are chosen are chosen to sanctification.—Matthew Henry