Today’s Kindle deals include a few new books that followed the glut of them we experienced the past few days.
“Larry King is not a Christian. But he knows where the scandalous power of Christianity is found. It’s in the narrowness of insisting on universal, eternal condemnation for all sinners who fall short of God’s glory, and in the broadness of calling everyone to repent of their sins, trust in Christ and be saved. Everyone, even the ‘vilest offender,’ in the words of the old Isaac Watts hymn. The ‘vilest offender’ today is the person who engages in sexual assault and abuse.”
And here’s another article that references Larry King. What are the chances? “The question of whether seminary is necessary is one that perennially resurfaces among those who sense the urgency of the need to preach and feel compelled to dive right in, but also understand the benefit of thorough training, and want guidance about the balance.”
I’m not quite sure where this series is going to be, but episode one is rather entertaining. (Read the story of it at TGC.)
“Have we really become so obsessed with statistics that many pastors don’t know what a healthy church looks like, outside of crunching the numbers?” Here are some helpful guidelines.
Sarah Walton writes, “Recently we drove past our old house for the first time since downsizing. Immediately, our four children began rehearsing memories, noting every part of the house that they missed. Once again, they struggled to understand why we had to give it all up. As hard as I tried to respond with confidence that it was the right thing for our family to follow God’s leading — even at the cost of financial comfort and a home we loved — deep down, I wrestled with my own nostalgia and questions.”
There is such simple wisdom in this: “Unless you are simple in your sermons, you will never be understood, and unless you are understood you cannot do good to those who hear you.”
This is a language few of us speak as well as we ought.
Stephen Altrogge says, “It’s a terrifying thing to think of God judging me based on the way I judge others. So often, my judgment lacks mercy. It lacks compassion. And it lacks knowledge. Do I want to be judged by God and others with the same standard? No! That would be crushing.This is why Jesus warns about the dangers of judging others. If we’re not careful, we’re going to end up being judged by own crushing standards.”
Children are to obey, and parents are to insist upon obedience, for these three very good reasons.
God will never cease to help us until we cease to need.—C.H. Spurgeon