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I can't recall a book that I've been this excited to recommend. Jesus Outside the Lines is that good. Sauls recognizes that lines have to be drawn. He just shows how poorly Christians have marked them. We've acted like chalk-carrying kindergartners tasked with delineating the perimeter of our faith. We've constructed fuzzy boundaries. We've left fellow believers outside. We've confused a watching world. It's no wonder they want nothing of Jesus. I'm not interested in that game, either. Sauls doesn't compromise our faith. In fact, he stands firm for the gospel of Jesus against other compromises His church has made. This book is that good. Read it. "When the grace of Jesus sinks in, we will be among the least offended and most loving people in the world." So true.
My wife and I enjoy playing board games together. We've really liked the designs of Stefan Feld. The Castles of Burgundy (what Amy calls "the boat game") has been a hit for us. We also like this new title we recently acquired, Bruges.
Bruges (or Brugge) is named after a city in Belgium. The game is largely card-driven. Each player replenishes his or her cards to five in a hand on each turn. You then use those cards, alternating turns, to accomplish a bunch of different objectives. You build canals to gain victory points. You gain prestige to move on the points track, as well. You build houses and populate them with people who have powers that can get you points. Cards also build upon each other, leading to even more points. With other Feld games, this is very much a "point soup" approach. There are lots of ways to get points and achieve a victory. For that reason, it can lead to AP (what gamers call "analysis paralysis"). My wife would tell you that I'm the worst. But she likes this one a bunch. She plays it with me on most date nights. I'd highly recommend this game. The artwork and components are beautiful. The gameplay is fast and engaging. I like this one about as much as the C of B. Check out its Boardgame Geek site here.
I've really enjoyed this great little book from Sam Alberry. The answer to the question is a clear "no," although the author is clear to teach from Scripture that the Lord does not condone homosexual behavior. This book combines sensitivity with truth, and it's easy to see why. Unlike many other texts, this one's written by a Bible-believing pastor who struggles with same-sex attraction, yet fights against it in God's strength. Is God Anti-Gay? answers all the big questions you'll have about one of the most significant issues of our time. It teaches the church how to love homosexuals well. Check it out.