Today’s Kindle deals include several good books: Desperate (an excellent book for women), a MacArthur title on spiritual growth, and a worthwhile series from Crossway.
Here’s an important lesson based on today’s political discourse: “If the church is to be any sort of counter-cultural movement, if it is to have any effective witness to a watching, suspicious world, it better be able to model what it means to love someone who vehemently disagrees with you on a whole range of cultural and political matters.”
This is an amazingly high-resolution image captured during President Trump’s inauguration. It is strangely fascinating to zoom in on different people.
Here’s a fascinating perspective on abortion that comes from a different culture (and a different continent). “We tend to think that unjust things happen in third-world countries. But have you ever considered that the practices of your nation are shocking to someone in the third-world? I am not talking about just culture shock, but real moral outrage.”
This one also comes from Africa and shares the joys, sorrows, and challenges of medical missionaries working in Kenya. Note: one of the photos shows a fair bit of blood.
I’m thankful to Jared Wilson for exposing the poor reasoning behind a common argument.
This Day in 1821. 196 years ago today Baptist missionary Lott Carey sailed with 28 colleagues from Virginia to Sierra Leone and became the first African-American missionary to Africa. *
“We are obsessed with lifehacks and shortcuts today. Everywhere ads hit us with easy trick to grow our investments, to make dinner prep a breeze, to give us a toned body in seven minutes, to rack up credit card points. We’re tempted to believe that maybe, somehow, there’s a real shortcut there for Christian community and spiritual growth.”
“Are we gerascophobic—afraid of aging? So obsessed with youth that an ageing face, nevermind ageing itself, is increasingly viewed as a chemically treatable disease?” Yes, I suspect we are.
“I receive the emails often, the emails from the man who wonders how he, he of all people, could possibly lead his family. He has blown it. He has sinned too often, too flagrantly, too publicly. Usually it is the porn: She found the stash on his hard drive or the links in his browser. Hard-earned respect was demolished in a moment.”
When Satan tempts God is always present, just as when God blesses, Satan is never absent.—J.I. Packer