Can you disconnect for three days to assess the situation in your own life? This short book is split into three sections to help you DETOX, DISCERN, and DECIDE what role Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and all the rest can and should have in your life. Unfriend Yourself will help you think critically, biblically, and practically from a Christian perspective about the merits and ramifications of our social media culture.
Don’t worry, the world can wait; your friends won’t even know you’re gone-seriously, there are over half a billion of them out there. I doubt you’ll be missed.
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“I love reading books, but I also love reading reviews of books. Reviews allow me to discover books I haven’t heard of, they teach me to think wisely, they allow me to better prioritize the books I am considering reading, and they sometimes provide a helpful second opinion on books I have already read.”
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien – ichards and O’Brien identify nine areas where interpretive problems commonly arise. Some cultural differences are obvious, others lurk beneath the surface, while a third class is extremely difficult to detect and thus poses the greatest danger to the reader of Scripture. The point is that most of these differences go unsaid, being implicit rather than clearly expressed. The first group, explained in chapters one to three, consists of cultural mores, the copious scriptural references to race and ethnicity in Scripture—with the overtones and undertones conveyed to the original readers—and varying significance given to different literary genres. In the second group, Richards and O’Brien contrast the rampant individualism of American society with the corporate and collectivist cultures that prevail in the East. They devote a chapter to the honor-shame nature of the Oriental world in contrast to the dominance of individual conscience and guilt in the West (following Augustine). Indeed, there are radical differences between the two worlds. In the final section, attention turns to the prominence of rules in the West vis-à-vis relationships in the East, to the concepts of virtue and vice, and to a Western obsession with individual, personal relevance that assumes Scripture was written directly to and for me. – Robert Letham
A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by G. K. Beale – Perhaps Beale’s most distinctive contribution to NT biblical theology is his emphasis on the role new-creation plays both in how one understands the kingdom, and in how one understands everything from justification to judgment in the New Testament. Christ’s resurrection was the promise and presence of the new creation, invading our world of space and time. The uncreating of evil has begun, and the recreation of a new world has commenced – and our very spiritual lives with the progress we make in sanctification, is part of God’s making all things new (2 Cor. 5:17, Rev. 21:5). – Bob Hayton
Free E-Book Alert – Love the Least (A Lot): Extending the love of Christ to abortion-vulnerable women and children
I know I’m supposed to be an intellectual thinker, but abortion has always been an emotional issue for me and always will be. As a passionate pro-lifer, I was excited to see this e-book offered for free.
Love the Least (A Lot) is a free ebook from Abort73 founder and director, Michael Spielman. In it, he explains why abortion-vulnerable children are as qualified as any victim class in the world to wear the “least of these” label.
Love the Least is made up of six chapters, an introduction, a conclusion, and three appendices:
Introduction: Love the Least (a Lot)
Ch 1: A Biblical View of Unborn Life
Ch 2: A Biblical View of Child Sacrifice
Ch 3: The Secular Case Against Abortion
Ch 4: The Risk of Doing Nothing
Ch 5: Loving Christ Through Loving Abortion-Vulnerable Children
Ch 6: Why We Ignore Abortion
Conclusion: Love Christ (A Lot)
App A: The Unique and Prophetic Place of Abort73.com
App B: Why it is Wrong to Kill an Abortionist
App C: Who Are The Least of These?
In an event hosted by Bethlehem College and Seminary and the MacLaurin Institute, Noll and Piper, authors of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind and Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God respectively, each presented a lecture and interacted with questions related to the mind and Christian scholarship.
– Desiring God, John Piper and Mark Noll on the Life of the Mind
Free E-Book Alert – Be Hopeful (1 Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times by Warren W. Wiersbe
Once again the fine folks over at David C. Cook publishing are giving us a wonderful free gift. If you’ve read any part of Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” commentaries, you know what a blessing they and how useful they are as devotion/Bible study tools. You will want to download this free e-book asap!
In Scripture, hope means the promise of salvation for those who have accepted God and His Son’s death and resurrection.
Christians who possess this hope and live as though then possess it will learn godly submission, holy living, and harmony with other believers. These qualities will prepare them for what Peter pains in his epistle as inevitable—suffering and persecution. Though Peter is writing to warn a people who would soon be under the tyranny of a heathen Roman emperor, some level of suffering will always be part of the believers’ journey. A time is soon coming when living the “comfortable” Christian life will be far more costly than the life willing to give up all.
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The book on the left is thanks to the fine folks at Crossway and the Servants of Grace Blog who ran the contest I won to get this book. You can purchase your copy here. The book on the left is courtesy of Zondervan and was given for the purpose of review. This is exciting because it will be the first book my wife Jill will review for this blog. I’m looking forward to that! You can check out this book yourself here.
Broken Heart on Hold is that friend, one that will uplift, encourage, and hold her up while offering practical insights and pointing her to God. It is a book of hope. Because it is written by a woman who has gone through the trauma of a separation and the eventual healing of her own marriage, the reader will know she is not alone.
This collection of honest, heartfelt messages reaches down into the valleys of a woman’s loneliness, travels with her through her mental labyrinths, and sheds light in the dark tunnels where answers seem nonexistent. It provides the emotional and spiritual strength to help a woman sort through her confusion.
While winding her way through the maze of her emotions, she will realize there is hope as she hangs on to God and trusts him for the outcome. Broken Heart on Hold is a book she will return to again and again.
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With a good dose of spiritual insight, parenting advice, and wry humor, Anna Smith chronicles her life as wife of the lead singer of Delirious?, the history-making band that launched the modern-day worship movement.
A feast of behind-the-scenes insights about life as an international celebrity, this book is also a profound look at one family’s quest to foster a rich spiritual life and care for others while living well in a consumption-driven world. This book is about not settling for less—in life, as a parent, and as a rock star—but doing everything with soul purpose. Readers will come away entertained and inspired, ready to surprise the world with their desire to do great things for God.
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