Today’s Kindle deals include the Goodreader Choice Award winners (which include a new biography of Queen Victoria) as well as a few good picks for Christians. That’s not a bad day to close out the year!
John Piper wants to help you finish 2017 with hope.
This is a helpful list of books on marriage and marriage counseling.
Here are the top religion news stories CT covered this past year. We can learn a lot about the church by looking through the top stories.
This is an amazing short film showing how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. It’s amazing how much we miss in these big cities.
“It seems that every new year, we are caught up in a whirlwind of well-intentioned resolutions. With premeditated bursts of enthusiasm, those closest to us begin to take part in peculiar, and sometimes public activities that even cause neighborhood children to look puzzled. We find ourselves bearing witness to surprising edicts and seemingly self-conscious new year’s manifestos whereupon we are summoned to behold what sweeping changes may come—resolutions for impending dispositions, impossible diets, and impenetrable fortresses of discipline.”
“There are many qualities listed by Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 that are requisite for a man who would be an elder. Many of those qualities can be summarized under the heading of ‘spiritual maturity.’ An elder is to be able to teach (or be teachable) as well as one who is dignified and respected in the community. In addition, he should have an interest in ministry to people in the context of the church (1 Peter 5). The thread that holds it all together is having a mature and lively faith in Christ. One of the clearest signs that a man has the proper temperament, wisdom, and faith is how he operates in his home if he has a family.”
I didn’t know that Shai Linne has been working on a children’s album, but I’m glad he has been. Here’s the title track, “Jesus Kids”.
I find it only appropriate to close the year with prayer–prayer that thanks God for the year that was, and prayer that looks with joy and expectation to the year that will be.
God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.—Randy Alcorn