Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books.
Also, check this week’s deals from Westminster Books for a good price on a solid new biography.
I’d love to see you at next year’s G3 Conference in Atlanta. Maybe some free tickets (buy one get one free, that is) will help.
Richard Sweatman writes: “Most growth group leaders know how helpful it is to meet up one-to-one with their group members. This can be a regular time of Bible reading and prayer; sometimes it’s just a low-key catch up. At other times, however, group leaders realize they need to speak with someone about a particular concern or problem. Let’s call this a ‘pastoral conversation’. It can be a pretty big deal, so I want to give some guidance for how growth group leaders could go about having a pastoral conversation.”
“According to medieval mapmakers, the world was made up of three continents ringed by narrow bodies of water. When the voyages of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Ferdinand Magellan uncovered continents previously unknown to Europeans, this posed a major problem for those cartographers. But these explorers did not just stumble upon uncharted land—they also became aware of expansive stretches of ocean around the world.”
Here’s the crazy story of “how a season of racial protests turned Evergreen State College’s self-examination into a national spectacle.” Warning: there is some coarse language in here.
In this video Brian Davis argues that it is completely foreign to the Bible for a Christian not to want to be a part of a local church.
“There are times when we just don’t know what to do with certain passages or topics in the Bible. What’s the best way to proceed when you feel like you don’t know where to go? In his really helpful little book ‘The Story of Scripture’, Professor Rob Plummer gives several recommendations for dealing with difficult passages in the Bible.”
One for the baseball fans. “The immaculate inning is pretty simple: three batters each retired on three strikes and three strikes only. It’s also rarer than a no-hitter, and for long stretches of baseball history, we barely saw them. But the immaculate inning’s made something of a comeback recently.”
I see the horror of sin pictured in the decaying face of the addict. Her drug is both alluring and punishing. It promises joy and delivers bondage. Meth is its own punishment. It takes captive. It rots. It destroys. And in that way it is a particularly vivid illustration of every other sin.
The cross is the ultimate evidence that there is no length the love of God will refuse to go in effecting reconciliation.—Kent Hughes