Morning Mashup 07/30

A Letter to the Caliph – A graceful, strong, and moving open letter from missionary and author, Tim Keesee, to the leader of the Islamist militant group, ISIS.

Weary of Culture-Warring – Eric Teetsel: “Unapologetic Christian conviction vying in the public square does not exacerbate the gulf between Christians and others. For what fellowship can darkness hath with light? The Gospel is good. It is true. It is life-giving. Therefore even the clumsiest act of evangelism is an act of love. If competing for public policies that reflect our Gospel-centered values is an impediment we ought not cease fighting, but instead demonstrate to our fellow citizens that we are fighting for them.”

Why No One Cares About the Christians of Mosul – Tom Wilson: “The contrast between the world’s non-reaction to the decimation of Mosul’s once 60,000-strong Christian community and the hysterical hate-fueled frenzy being directed against Israel over the casualties in Gaza reminds us that in the liberal imagination, all human suffering is not considered equal.”

How to Memorize Entire Books of the Bible – If you have ever wanted to memorize extended passages of Scripture, Jemar Tisby of RAAN outlines a method that has helped him do just that. I have also found this method to be effective in memorizing lengthy passages–even entire chapters and books.

There is No Right to Same-Sex Marriage – A Virginia judge dissented the commonwealth’s 4th circuit’s decision that Virginia’s marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He said, “The fundamental right to marriage does not include a right to same-sex marriage.” Check out Ryan Anderson’s further reflections.

Three Views on How Long a Sermon Should Be – Thom Rainer examines what church members and church leaders believe about the proper length of a sermon.

The Parable of the Lawn Mower – If you find agreement with the statement, “Preach the gospel, use words if necessary,” check out this parable that teaches an invaluable lesson. See how your works do indeed preach something, just not the gospel.

It is not he that reads most , but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. –Thomas Brooks


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