Good morning, and may the God of love and peace be with you today.
Today’s Kindle deals include a number of selections from Crossway with a few others besides.
(Yesterday on the blog: When We Failed to Count the Cost)
“One reason conversations about hard topics like social justice tend to generate more heat than light, both within and beyond the church, is a phenomenon we may call ‘the Newman Effect.’” Thaddeus Williams explains the phenomenon and its importance.
“I am, by nature, something of a worrier. In fact, I am the grandson of a worrier, who had a very worried son, who has passed that tendency on to me and which I have nobly engendered in my boy. Four generations of Kneale worry and counting. Telling us to just stop worrying doesn’t really help. It is sometimes impossible – particularly last thing at night – to turn the worries off.”
If this ever comes in handy, I expect you to send me a thank you note.
Jim Elliff reflects on Revelation’s warning about losing our first love. “Are you and those who are with you dangerously close to experiencing this judgment? Is the Light of God’s presence dim, almost imperceptible? Do you have form without power and activity without fruit? If so, Christ says you must…”
Melissa says that “hyperbole seems to be the rhetorical strategy of the day in Christian circles.” She warns that “these weird and wild comments do nothing for the spread of the gospel. They are usually indignant, entitled, arrogant, and overly opinionated, and they paint a completely insufficient picture of God’s grace.”
Joe Carter points out the radical incoherence of Joe Biden’s transgender policy. “President Biden seems to think that his new policy is a mere reversion to the 2016 status quo, when President Obama allowed transgender people to serve under certain restrictive conditions. What he fails to understand is that the issue of transgenderism has evolved considerably over the past five years. Biden has adopted a policy that is not only radically incoherent but that will have profound effects on both the military and the American people.” (See also Rod Dreher’s The Tyranny Of Tech & Trans.)
Are you a sinner? I rather suspect you are. Hence you may benefit from this open letter, written for people like you (and me).
Sharing the gospel is about more than just learning and reciting a generic gospel presentation. It’s about knowing people and loving people—about loving them enough to get to know them.
We can’t separate our home life from our Christian life without missing something that is critical to our fellowship with God and our usefulness to His mission in the world.—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth