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On the Puritans
A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life | J.I. Packer | $16.20
Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were | Leland Ryken | $15.85
A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life | Joel Beeke & Mark Jones | $45.79
Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints | Joel Beeke & Randall Pederson | $35.00
How Much Do Christian Kids Need a ‘Christian’ Education? | Thomas Kidd
We know for sure, of course, that whatever combination of public, private, or home education a child receives, the parents’ influence on a child’s mind is pre-eminent. But I still think that evangelicals and other Christians need to think hard about what education for their children should accomplish.
So why I am writing something now? For the simple reason that I am hearing from more people in my own congregation who want to know what to make of this kerfuffle over the Trinity. Twitter demands to “say something!” mean little to me. Honest theological questions from my church family mean a lot.
Scripture and the Long Shadow of American Slavery | Timothy Paul Jones
Yet, if Scriptures seem to have accepted some forms of slavery, why should Christians today view the enslavement of African Americans as a depraved and dehumanizing system from its inception? More important, how can a renewed recognition of the sinfulness of this system help us to understand better the struggles that we face still today?
Complaining Isn’t Authentic, It’s a Waste of Time | Matt Rogers
There are certainly healthy aspects to this trend. It’s hard to love and be loved if everyone is a phony. But, if I’m honest, the rise of authenticity has some rather annoying byproducts. One of the most common is the incessant noise of complaining Christians. Since sin invaded the world, we’ve all had issues doing everything without complaining or grumbling (Phil. 2:14). But lately, it seems that we’ve begun to celebrate complaining as a virtue rather than a vice.
Transcript of the First Debate | NY Times
If you’re like me and skipped out on the debate, here is your one-stop source for every second of the debate in all it’s glory.
Donald Trump’s Cruel Streak | Conor Friedersdorf
Giving a cruel man power and expecting that he won’t use it to inflict cruelty is madness. To vote for Trump, knowing all of this, is to knowingly empower cruelty.