Morning Mashup 08/24

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament | Alec Motyer | $1.99

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What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done | Matt Perman | $3.99

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ARTICLES

The Secret Jews of The Hobbit | Meir Soloveichik

The dwarves of Middle Earth, the central characters of one of the most beloved books of all time, are indeed based on the Jews.

Not Two Kingdoms, But Two Ages | Jonathan Leeman

A doctrine of two ages or inaugurated eschatology is a popular way among New Testament theologians for characterizing how creation history and redemptive history bifurcated when Christ’s kingdom was inaugurated but not consummated through the giving of the new covenant. The history of new creation began even while the history of the old creation continued.

The Long Defeat and the Long Loneliness | Wesley Hill

One of the primary ways I’ve thought about my own life as a gay, celibate believer and also about my larger project of trying to make the church more of a nurturing haven for other gay/SSA/queer believers is in terms of what J. R. R. Tolkien called “the long defeat.”

How Donald Trump Divided and Conquered the Religious Right | Trevin Wax

Many evangelical voters have grown to love the Donald’s roller coaster. Just as Trump divided and conquered the Republican Party, so also he has divided and conquered the religious right, the voting bloc of white conservative Christians that has been a cornerstone of the Republican Party’s outreach for decades.

Why You Need a Church (Not Just a Campus Ministry) | Russell Moore

A campus ministry can be unmatched in helping students connect with other likeminded believers, especially in an ideologically hostile academic or social setting. A good one will help equip Christian students to defend the faith, serve the poor, and be held accountable to each other. A good campus ministry is a gift from God. But it is no church.

A Lament for Louisiana After the Floods | Jessica Mesman Griffith

As I watch my homeland, my family, my friends experience the heartaches and rewards of endurance, I feel challenged in my own commitment to bloom wherever I’m planted. In moments like these, I want more than ever to go home and take my place among them. But at this point, I’d be alien there too. I sit here 1,000 miles north, and read their stories and see their pictures and feel the absence of family, history, heritage, and attachment.

Wait to Date Until You Can Marry | Marshall Segal

Wait to date until you can marry each other. My advice — take it or leave it — is wait until you can reasonably marry him or her in the next eighteen months. It doesn’t mean you have to marry that quickly. The important part is that you could, if God made it clear this was his will and his timing for you. You won’t find eighteen months anywhere in the Bible, and so you should not treat it as God’s law. But you can test — with the Lord, your parents, and close Christian friends — whether that seems wise and safe for you and your heart.

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