Eerdmans has put a long list of books on sale and I’ve chosen at least a few for my Kindle deals page. There are some others there as well.
Westminster Books is offering a deal on David Murray’s new Bible-reading plan for kids, Meeting with Jesus.
(Yesterday on the blog: When the Very Best of Things Work Together for Evil)
Conrad Mbewe is the one to answer this question, and he does so primarily from an African perspective. “What prosperity gospel preachers should do in the light of COVID-19 is to honestly face facts. Unlike malaria and cancer, here is a disease that is so contagious that it has forced them to go into hiding for dear life’s sake—like the rest of us.”
I appreciate this one from Brad Hambrick. “Sometimes when I hear Christians talk about marriage, it sounds a bit idealistic. Some of the ‘if you do things God’s way…’ promises feel a recipe for happily ever after. The logic seems to be that because God created marriage, Christians have a leg up on everybody else for having a satisfying marriage.” But it’s not always so simple, is it?
TikTok has become the app for younger folk. Here’s some of what you need to know about it.
“Alone time, family time, and virtual friendship are wonderful gifts, but something in us rightly yearns for more. Yes, we must learn to delight more fully in the friendship of the Lord during this time. After all, Jesus is a friend (John 15:15). He is also the bread of life. However, we’d never tell a starving person to be content because ‘Jesus is the bread of life.’ Just as it is wrong to spiritualize and discount the desire for physical nourishment, so also it is wrong to spiritualize and discount the need for friendship. Jesus is our friend, but He created us to need earthly Christian fellowship too.”
The twentieth century was a key one for the church. In this article from Tabletalk, Donald Fortson provides an overview of some of its highlight and lowlights.
I’m a big fan of Apple’s products and software, but even I can’t possibly defend their awful butterfly keyboard. Thankfully, it’s now finally been relegated to the past.
Here, just for fun, is a funny little comic from xkcd.
Recently, and largely for my own purposes, I found myself thinking about some of the elements that can make a sermon difficult to listen to. Having jotted them down, I thought I’d share them with you.
Lowly gentleness is not one way Jesus occasionally acts toward others. Gentleness is who he is. It is his heart.—Dane Ortlund