Morning Mashup 03/10

A mashup of book deals, articles, and videos for your information, edification, and enjoyment.

New Book Releases

Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward


By Nabeel Qureshi

Zeal without Burnout


By Christopher Ash


Small vs. Big Churches – Trevin Wax: “Methods shift and change, and we can debate those (and should). But we should always be quicker to question the assumptions in our own minds than the intentions in others’ hearts.”

Recency Bias in Sports, Our Politics, and Our Churches – Barnabas Piper: “Recency bias can’t learn anything from history because it ignores it. Historical bias can’t learn anything from history because it ignores progress and change.”

Jesus’ Descent in Ephesians 4 – Patrick Schreiner engages various positions on the descent of Jesus phrase in the Apostles’ Creed.

What If You’re Not As Awesome As You Think You Are? – Denny Burk: “The more grand our vision of God is the more humble our estimation of ourselves will be. There is a joy and a humility that only comes from the self-forgetfulness of worship. Self-loathing is not the antidote to pride, but God-exaltation is.”

Better Than a Birth Plan – Jenni Naselli: “Natural birth is not another thing to check off your bucket list, along with running a marathon. Overemphasizing natural birth can tempt young moms to view it as the only option for intentional mothers, while taking for granted the lives of their closest friends.”

Should We Bring Children Into a World Gone Mad? – Mike Leake: “We cannot sit on the sidelines and wait for the world to get better before we have children. It is a great act of faith to have a child in a time such as this. But we do this, knowing that Christ holds our future and that every life is precious.”

Why a Lukewarm Church is a Bigger Problem than We Think – Michael Kruger: “The problem, of course, with being apathetic is that you can actually be apathetic about your apathy!  Put simply an apathetic church does not think it is that big of deal. But, here are some reasons apathy is a bigger deal than we think.”

Ben and Barack – Tevin Brown on what it means to be black in America.

Is It Unusual for a Minister to Question His Call? – Don Whitney: “Every God-called minister will pass through seasons—sometimes very long ones—of little apparent impact or of strong resistance.”


Laziness and pride make the biblical text fit preconceived notions of what it says.

— Daniel Doriani

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