Morning Mashup 08/15

10 articles ranging from reaction to the Michael Brown shooting to cold water challenges. Enter your weekend informed, edified, and enlightened. Have a great Friday!

Ripping the Bandages Off Our Racial Wounds – Trevin Wax: “But make no mistake. Privilege is real, and so is oppression. We live in the same country, in different worlds. The town of Ferguson is speaking up; this is the time to listen, and pray for justice.”

Ferguson, Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches – Derwin Gray: “We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is that black evangelicals and white evangelicals interpret these types of situations very differently. What if black and white evangelicals attended multi-ethnic churches instead of segregated ones? If this Christ-exalting life were to become our reality, we could address racism, oppression, and injustice together. What if black and white evangelicals and other evangelical ethnicities shared life with each other in a local church community and heard each other’s stories and walked in each other shoes?”

Michael Brown and Black Men – Charles Blow of The New York Times: “The killing of Michael Brown has tapped into something bigger than Michael Brown.”

Name of Police Officer in Brown Shooting to Be Released – “On Friday, police in Ferguson plan to release the name of the officer who shot Brown, a source close to the investigation told CNN.” Praying for peace and justice in Ferguson.

Does God View Your Good Works as Filthy Rags? – What does God think of our good works after we are saved? Michael Kruger gives a biblically faithful answer.

Ignorance is Not Excused – Ian Hammond: “The Christians that comprise the dominant culture group are ignorant of many of their offenses to the subdominant culture. This is not an excuse; this is a reality. This is a reality that requires repentance. The Bible is very clear that ignorance does not mean innocence. Ignorant sin is still sin.”

Robin Williams – Heath Lambert: “Robin Williams’s passing serves as a tragic reminder of the urgent need to help troubled people overwhelmed with sorrow.  Christians must respond to Williams’s death with grief over the loss of a precious life.  We must also respond with resolve.  People with depression need many things.  They need medical care.  They need relationships full of love and accountability.”

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Mental Health – I read many articles about suicide, depression, and mental health in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ suicide, and this one by Ann Voskamp is as important as any of them for churches and Christians.

The Cold, Hard Truth About the Ice Bucket Challenge – William MacAskill: “So, sure, pour a bucket of water over yourself, or go bungee jumping, or lie in a bathtub of beans, whatever. But only do these things if you connect these fundraisers with meaningful behavior change, otherwise your campaign, even if seemingly fantastically successful, could be doing more harm than good.”

Mars Hill Church Cancels The Resurgence Conference – The conference was set to feature Mark Driscoll, J.I. Packer, Paul Tripp, James MacDonald, and more. The conference has been canceled due to “unforeseen changes to our speaker lineup.”

If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men. –Augustine


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