Morning Mashup 06/05

Baptist Missionary Sentenced to Life in Hard Labor – NY Times: “North Korea said on Saturday that it had sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to a labor camp for life for allegedly trying to build underground churches in the country, where the government considers such religious activities an attempt to sabotage its rule…”

Children of Divorce Often Mourn Alone – Linda Jacobs: “How many children’s leaders have ever thought of the verse in Matthew when a child has lost a parent to death? We hurt for the child who is mourning the loss of a parent. We might swoop in, or be called in, to help the child understand and help them mourn. Food is probably brought in for the family. People talk to the child; pray with the remaining parent and in general we care for this family. But how many of us have ever thought of the verse in Matthew for the child of divorce?…”

10 Books to Read This Summer – Trevin Wax: “If you’re looking to pack some books into your beach bag or load up your Kindle for some summer reading, here are some titles to consider. All of these are excellent, and you won’t be disappointed…”

4 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Church – Brian Croft: “You move to a new area. You get find your new residence and job. You get the kids enrolled in school. Where you settle in a local church often becomes a longer, more drawn-out task. After checking out all the churches you desire to visit, here are four questions to ask yourself as you narrow the search to make a decision…

In Defense of the Phrase “Faith and Work” – Greg Forster: “Recently I’ve heard several major leaders in the faith and work movement criticizing the fact that we call it the “faith and work” movement. I rise in defense of the phrase…”

Not Number One, Only One – J.D. Greear: “In our day, we don’t like narrow, exclusive options. We might think God is constraining and restricting our choices. But isn’t this how love is expressed? Imagine if I were to tell my wife, “Baby, you’re number one. No matter how many other wives I take, you’ll be my first.” That might make for compelling reality television, but that’s not going to be a good marriage. Love demands exclusivity. My wife doesn’t want to be number one; she wants to be the only one—not because she doesn’t love me but because she does. So love and exclusivity aren’t at odds with each other. God’s demand for loyalty is God’s display of love…”

It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart will want to. —C.S. Lewis


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