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Kindle Deals for Apologetics Week

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I stumbled upon quite a list of Kindle deals worth passing along. Here they are, with links for Amazon U.S. and Canada:

Mere ChristianityMere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

A To Z With C. S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection by J Warner Wallace
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

OMG: Is Jesus Lord or is He a Loser?: Discover the Truth about Him by Antwan Cronje
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

AliveWho Moved the Stone? by Frank Morrison
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Is Jesus the Only Way? by Philip Graham Ryken
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

What Your Atheist Professor Doesn’t Know (But Should) by Stephen Williams
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

The Case Against Atheism: The Failure of Disbelief by Mike Dobbins
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence by Norman Geisler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by Richard Wurmbrand
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Why It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe If It’s Not True by Stephen McAndrew
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

God and Stephen HawkingIllogical Atheism: A Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic by Bo Jinn
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway? by John Lennox
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?: 130 Arguments for Christian Faith by multiple authors
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Everyman’s Apologetic by J.W. McInnis
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Proofs of God’s Existence by Richard Wurmbrand
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Twelve Points That Show Christianity is True: A Handbook on Defending the Christian Faith by Norman Geisler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Miracles GeislerMiracles and the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles by Norman Geisler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Richard Dawkins and His God Delusion: A Preliminary Critique of His Truth Claims by J. Steve Miller
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada (not available)

Forces That Changed The World by Michael Borich
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

An Atheist’s Letter to the Christian Church: When Even an Atheist Needs God by Barney Adler
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Miracles (VeriTalks) by John Lennox
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” 
This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. 
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my 
readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: 
“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Kindle Deals: The Church In Thought

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I’ve pulled together a handful of Kindle deals that may help Christians and skeptics alike become better acquainted with Christian history and beliefs.

These deals may not last long, so better grab the ones that catch your eye while you can!

Topics include: the Bible, theology, apologetics, church history, and one memoir about taking a deeper look at the Christian faith.

Please note: Posting these links doesn’t imply my agreement with the views expressed by the authors. Rather, I post this as a snapshot of the Church in thought, which you may (or may not) find to be worth further investigation.

Happy reading!

Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied (VALUE BOOKS)

Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied (VALUE BOOKS)
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

The Skeptical Student (Encounters with Jesus Series)

The Skeptical Student (Encounters with Jesus Series)
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada

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Who’s outside your pastor’s comfort zone?

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A big challenge in my spiritual journey lately has been responding to fellow believers, leaders especially, who seem to have sold out to a gospel of comfort.

When a relative, formerly a pastor and missionary, came down with a degenerative disease, he noticed himself losing friends. Fellow church members, leaders, choir members, and others, stepped out of his life one by one.

When his family asked the church for help, a pastor told them that people quite simply weren’t comfortable around this man anymore.

Apparently the pastor didn’t consider this a contradiction of the gospel he preached from the pulpit.

The sick man’s family then asked if they could present the situation to the congregation, as they’d seen someone do at another church. This way, they hoped, one or two church members might step forward as ‘volunteer friends.’ But the leadership told them this was impossible.

“You’ve got to understand our culture,” one staffer told them. “You just can’t do that here.”

In short, the retired pastor/missionary had outlived his usefulness and his welcome in the church. Even the pastors didn’t want to see him, ignoring the family’s request for the occasional drop-in visit.

His family was expected to accept his loneliness, that their church family wouldn’t be involved in his life any longer. Except at the funeral, perhaps.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me… (Matthew 25:34-36)

When it comes to reaching outside our comfort zone to love a neighbour, we’ve cultivated a subtle disconnect between theology and everyday life.

Many Christians would agree in principle with Jesus’ parables like the good Samaritan, or the passage about the goats and the sheep. We know these stories from Sunday school, and pastors also preach them from time to time.

Knowing them is good. But living them is another thing entirely.

Too many of us are like that pastor defending ‘personal comfort’ as a reasonable excuse not to visit someone in need of a friend. Except, we wouldn’t be quite as blunt about it. Not out loud, anyway.

I know what some of you reading this might say, that people aren’t perfect and that we can depend on God’s comfort when others let us down. And you’d be right.

But this doesn’t mean we need to let sin, especially a ‘respectable sin‘ like the idol of personal comfort, go unchallenged in our lives or our churches–especially in church leadership.

We need to examine our hearts, and we need to invite our pastors to do the same. We need to see how far we’ve let our culture’s gods–happiness, leisure, comfort–become our own gods. We need to release our white-knuckled grip on those idols and, instead, find our comfort in Jesus Christ.

And then, if the Spirit is alive in us at all, we need to see growth.

We also need pastors who don’t make excuses for sin. Ones who don’t limit their teaching to “platitudes, subtle hints, or over-principlized ‘sermonettes,'” as Byron Forrest Yawn writes in his book, What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him:

[Pastors] must put their proverbial finger in men’s faces and tell them exactly … how they’ve wasted years of spiritual opportunity. Not with belittling harshness, but with frustrated optimism. (p. 164)

In other words, we need real leaders, ones who’ll teach us how to put our faith into action when it’s UNcomfortable. We need our leaders to model this in their own lives, and we need them to expect us to follow suit.

And in doing so, we’ll discover a secret: Serving others brings surprisingly more fulfillment than anything we’ll find inside our comfort zone.

What’s your take on this? And how have your leaders handled the ‘gospel of comfort’ in your church?

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