There are a few more Kindle deals to round out the week.
Yesterday on the blog: 10 New and Notable Books for May
“There is a great opportunity for all types of English speakers—students, teachers, retirees—to help missionaries and churches who currently offer English classes as part of their strategy to share the gospel. Teaching English, facilitating discussion groups, organizing language exchanges, or hosting multiday English language intensives creates excellent opportunities to develop friendships and to enter into gospel conversations with many who still have not heard the good news.”
How does your church cope with mental illness? “The effects of sin on this world show up in different ways. Mental illness is probably the most baffling. It’s so hard to explain; we’d rather say it doesn’t exist. That’s a normal reaction, but Christianity brings us out of normality and disrupts our natural responses.
“Devoutly honoring the superficiality of appearance, we look with longing toward youth—and with loathing toward age and maturity. We desperately don’t want to grow up and give up childish ways (1 Cor. 13:11b), so, rather than showing the aged honor, we despise them.” This seems fitting as we head toward Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
In this short video, Ligonier “Teaching Fellow and Chairman W. Robert Godfrey and Director of Communications Nathan W. Bingham took a few minutes to discuss the relationship between the church and state and how Christians can live faithfully even in a post-Christian culture.”
Here’s an article for Mother’s Day. “How often do you pray for your mother? I posed this question to friends on social media recently and the consensus was pretty overwhelming: not enough. Up until a few months ago, that would have been my answer, too. I’d pray for my mom in times of crisis or frustration, but not much more beyond that. Since the beginning of the new year, however, God has been graciously teaching me how to better honor her through faithful prayer.”
This is the feel-good story for the day. You’ll enjoy reading the story and listening to the brief audio clip.
“The labels are not just a matter of semantics; if too broad or too narrow, they fail to identify the people who are most desperate for the gospel and won’t accurately capture the church’s progress toward making disciples of all nations.”
This conference displayed beauty at every turn and heralded beauty from the pulpit. It expressed that beauty is missional, that we can appeal to people better through beauty than through ugliness. And in that beautiful and put-together event there was just one area that stood apart: a booth covered with pictures of broken bodies and disfigured faces.
Even those who oppose Jesus are themselves being sustained by his powerful word.—Andrew Wilson