June 7, 2012
First, some great Kindle deals (sorry Nookers). In the Presence of My Enemies, the story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham, is free today. Also, The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men is $0.99.
So often our Christian children’s literature is more about moralism than it is about Jesus. Of course, every parent wants well-behaved children. Thus we typically don’t object to someone telling our kids to be good. Yet, this isn’t the gospel. Tragically, you can have well-behaved children who don’t know the truth. With this in mind it is interesting to note that Veggie Tales creator Norm Fisher now understands that Veggie Tales wasn’t focused in the right direction. Here’s a quote:
I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, “Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so,” or “Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!” But that isn’t Christianity, it’s morality. . . .
Here’s a helpful piece from the Stand To Reason Blog. It discusses Tim Keller’s tactics when faced with people who object to the Bible’s standards. Keller says that we should expect the Bible’s standards to conflict with our culture. The Bible, after all, is from God, not the product of a culture.
Finally, here is an excerpt from a 1968 Wheaton College chapel. In it Francis Schaeffer tells of a time when the DC-4 he was flying in almost crashed. It is a wonderful reminder that our God hears and answers our prayers. Amazing.