How Your Habits Show and Shape Your Heart | David Mathis, TGC
“For the Christian, the value of habit as it relates to the so-called ‘spiritual disciplines’ – or, as I like to call them, ‘habits of grace’ – is that it frees our minds from preoccupation with technique and skill, and the depleting energy of making the same regular decisions, so that we can tune our attention elsewhere, to the most important thing. Habits that get us into the Bible and prayer, and that keep us deeply connected in the body of Christ are, in fact, spiritual life-savers.”
How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare? | Nabeel Qureshi, TGC
“Violence has a very different place in Islam and Christianity’s respective theological frameworks. The final marching order of Islam is jihad. But the final marching orders of Christians are grace and love.”
His Delight | Kara Dedert
Kara shares what she’s learning about God from parenting a special needs child:
“I look for and find delight in every expression he gives. I laugh and smile to see him filled with joy that comes from any exercise of his rigid body; I rejoice in him regardless of improper, uncoordinated and clumsy movement. It’s not a perfect example, this earthly relationship, but it gives me a glimpse into the immensity of the Father’s love and delight in us because of Christ.”
Why I Was Not Pro-Life | Kristin Tabb, Desiring God
“True confession: I was not truly pro-life until recently. Although I was disturbed by the reports I heard regarding abortion – its methods, its victims, its very nature, its utter disregard for the dignity of human life – I did relatively little to actually be pro-life, from the heart, with my hands and feet and mouth and money. Until God graciously opened my eyes.”
Why Your Top 10 Reasons For Not Having Kids Are Stupid | Gavin McInnes, The Federalist
“I was so adamant about not having kids as a young man, I tried to get my tubes tied at the tender age of 21. Now that I have three, my only regret is waiting so long. I wish I could have had five. You’ll hear a lot of parents lament that they had too few or didn’t have a boy or had all boys, but you’ll never hear them say, ‘I wish I hadn’t had a kid.’”
Puritan Preaching: William Ames | Bob McKelvey, Meet the Puritans
“Concerning delivery, Ames advises that speech and gestures should be ‘completely spiritual, flowing from the very heart’ and with ‘zeal, charity, mildness, freedom, and humility mixed with solemn authority.’ Pronunciation should be ‘natural, familiar, clear, and distinct so that it can be easily understood’ and without dramatic pauses and accelerations of speech. ‘The power of the Holy Spirit more clearly appears in the naked simplicity of words, than in elegance and luster.’ Still, if anyone possesses ‘forcefulness in speaking he ought to use it with genuine directness.’”
Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church by Gary L. McIntosh ($1.99). Bit of a mix, but some good practical advice too.
Creating Life in the Lab by Fazale Rana
How to Raise a Child with a High EQ: A Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Lawrence E. Shapiro ($0.99). Thought this might be a helpful counter-balance to the over-emphasis on IQ in our day.
Tiny Bear’s Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones ($1.99).