Morning Mashup 10/05

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

With: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple Making | Alvin Reid | $11.47

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Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus (9marks: Building Healthy Churches) | Mark Dever | $10.60

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ARTICLES

Tim Keller’s Newest | Patheos

In which Tim Keller interacts with a skeptic in the comment section of a review of his newest book on skepticism.

A Non-Vote is Not a Vote | Analogical Thoughts

If you’ve ever alluded to the thought that a non-vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary, check this out.

When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense | National Review

In light of last night’s VP debate dealing extensively with the issue of abortion, I thought digging up this article from January would be appropriate.

11 Calls that Reveal Vin Scully’s Greatness | MLB

Even at the end, Vin Scully was the greatest.

The Sword and the Shepherd’s Staff | 9Marks

Travis Wussow on reporting sexual abuse in the church. Pastors, take note.

Faults to Avoid in Public Prayer | The Christward Collective

Nick Batzig: Those who think that they were most advanced in public prayer are often those who need these correctives the most. It would benefit all of us, no matter how much prayer we may have in our worship services to read Samuel Miller’s work and labor to avoid the faults that he set out. 

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Morning Mashup 07/26

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


KINDLE DEALS

The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931 | $1.99

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Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works) | $3.99

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ARTICLES

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death? | Karen Swallow Prior

When a reality that exists only inside our head—or our handheld devices—collides with the material, tangible world, we are entering the hyperreal.

Are Christian Colleges Better at Intellectual Diversity? | Thomas Kidd

No educational institution can be purely unbiased, or offer absolute ideological balance in their classes. And like many secular institutions, many Christian colleges need to attend to issues like ethnic diversity on their faculty. But I wonder: in an age where elites say they value diversity more than anything, are Christian schools often the most diverse at the level of ideas?

I Can No Longer Stay Silent | Michael Jordan

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

Putin’s Party? | Bill Kristol

Donald J. Trump is the presidential nominee of the Republican party. But that does not absolve every Republican office holder, donor, and activist from the responsibility of satisfying himself that it is right to support that nominee for president. There are, in my judgment, many reasons to doubt this is the case. But one reason in particular hasn’t received sufficient consideration: The fact that Trump and his top campaign aide have many troubling connections with Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Dems Need to Reverse Moral Misstep on Abortion | Russell Moore

As taxpayers, our money goes toward all kinds of things we do not personally support. It is part of living in a pluralistic society. Even so, for 40 years, our government and our people have decided to respect abortion as a unique moral issue. The Democrats should reverse course and remove opposition to Hyde from their platform. Wherever you stand on abortion, forcing people to pay for it can’t be good for Democrats, or for democracy.

In Sickness and Health | Andrew Walker

A beautiful testament to true covenant love in marriage.

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Classic Don Carson

 

Michelle Obama’s Speech at DNC 2016

I disagree with many Democratic policies, but this speech reflects the kind of decency we all should want in American politics

Morning Mashup 06/08

 

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C.S. Lewis’s Remarkable (and Surprising) Sermon | Justin Taylor

Seventy-five years ago tomorrow C.S. Lewis ascended the pulpit at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and delivered “The Weight of Glory,” one of the most insightful sermons of the twentieth century.

6 Ways to Influence a Culture of Evangelism | Taylor Turkington

We must depend on Jesus for help to lead well, but we must also be intentional. So how do we lead well in evangelism? The tone we set in our community changes the way those around us see the value of proclaiming the gospel. Here are six ideas to consider as others watch you.

On Abortion and Racism: Why There is a Greater Evil in this Election | Thabiti Anyabwile

It’s been more difficult to be an African-American and an “Evangelical” or “Reformed” these last few years. It was never an easily negotiated identity or space. But a certain quietude about matters of “race” and racism made it possible to enjoy a measure of unity in theological matters and some seeming trust as spiritual family. A degree of political affinity, defined largely by the obvious wrongs we opposed, created a co-belligerence that kept our eyes off our differing political needs and emphases along ethnic lines. Suspicion and mistrust were kept at bay by a tacit sense that some things were more important.

Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

These questions, among the nearly 20 questions in CT’s quiz below, have been asked of Christian converts from Islam who are applying for asylum in the United Kingdom. Wrong answers put them at a high risk of deportation.

6 Theses on Online Writing and Civility | Jake Meador

Put another way, the problem with internet writing isn’t just the particular internet tools we use; it’s also with the people using the tools. And those same people who make such a mess on blogs or public social media channels are the ones populating our private forms of online media. So even if we no longer have to deal with particularly destructive tools, we still must deal with the destructive sins we ourselves commit every day. A shift toward more private media, then, may help reduce the impact of certain problems created in part by bad technology, but it cannot solve the problem entirely.

Four Ways for Fathers to Engage at Home | Jeremy Adelman

Admittedly, it is often difficult to remain engaged at home. After a long day, it is easy to detach from our family and enter the worlds of media, technology, and sports. Our minds are occupied with the work we left behind or looking forward to the sleep that is to come, but God calls us to more as husbands and fathers.Here are four ways, among many, that men can be more engaged at home.

Fahrenheit 381 | Carl Trueman

Trueman and others at Mortification of Spin have called complementarian leaders (CBMW & TGC) to the carpet on serious charges of Trinitarian heresy. I’ll be following this exchange closely.

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Morning Mashup 06/02

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ARTICLES

50+ Things You Miss Out On By Not Attending Church | Kevin Halloran

Unfortunately, for many in more comfortable settings, church isn’t a priority. Sleep, your kid’s soccer game, Netflix, football, or the lake house take priority, pushing church to the margins of life—if not out altogether. When we push God’s agenda and people out of our lives, we reap the consequences.

Alarmism and Transgendered Kids | Rod Dreher

Ten, twenty years from now, there are going to be a lot of maimed, broken people staggering around. This episode in history will be looked back on with horror. We will wonder how we gave in to such madness, and harmed so many people, or allowed them to harm themselves. Doctors, activists, celebrities, the media, and politicians will bear so much guilt, but probably little blame. It will all go down the memory hole. Progressives in the future will say of the transgender madness, “How were we to know?”

Why Abortion Makes Sense | Jonathan Leeman and Matthew Arbo

Is it any wonder, then, that pro-choicers call the entity inside a woman’s womb—well, what shall one call it? A fetus? Organic tissue? Uterine contents? A clump of cells? A part of the woman’s own body, like an appendix?

The Most Important Reason We Work | Phillip Holmes

Many lack a basic theology of work and, therefore, assume that work is a product of the fall. But God designed humanity to work from the beginning. We work because our Creator works, and we’re made in his image, to reflect him.

Play Hard | Jared C. Wilson

Why is playing hard so important? Because in our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God. We echo his story with our narratives of play. This is why on the playground little boys are playing cops and robbers or doing battle and little girls are playing house. They are vanquishing evil, subduing the earth, building civilization.

Most Common Mistakes Pastors and Church Leaders Make on Social Media | Jonathan Howe

Earlier this year I wrote about social media mistakes that churches make. Those were quite general and involved church communications. And while there is some overlap with personal social media accounts, there are some distinct mistakes made by church leaders that are typically not made by church accounts.

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Disney and Pixar Sings Hello | Brian Hull
The Biggest Misconception About Caring for Someone with Special Needs | Paul Martin

 

Morning Mashup 03/02

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


Book Deals

Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel (David Limbaugh, $2.99)

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness (Eric Metaxas, $2.99)

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (Tim Keller, $1.99)

Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel (Russell Moore, $2.99)

10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer (Alex McFarland & Elmer Towns, $2.99)

Articles

Why Going to Church Does Not Make You a Christian – John Piper shares how the first few pages of C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory changed his life.

What Wouldn’t Jesus Do? – It now looks like a virtual longshot for Trump not to win the Republican nomination, but this NY Times piece shows what (or, who) we are getting and what a growing majority of Republicans seem to want.

Supreme Court to Hear Major Abortion Case – The most important court case on abortion in about 10 years. Moral arguments will be heard today. The morality of these arguments boils down to a battle of convenience vs. life.

Understanding Trump’s Evangelicals – Anthony Bradley offers a unique perspective on the “evangelicals” who are voting for Trump. I think his concerns and claims are valid.

Top 100+ Resources on Reading – David Murray offers a massive list of resources to help in improvement of reading skills.

Visual Theology @ T4G – For all my friends heading to Together for the Gospel this April, Tim Challies will be offering a mini event on his newest work, Visual Theology. Consider registering for this free session.

The Case for an Exegetical Sermon Series – Very beneficial interview with Hershael York on when to preach topically and why expository preaching is best.

10 Reasons Easter Giveaways Are Unwise – Jared Wilson effectively lays out his concerns over Easter giveaways. His points are worth your consideration.

Woman, Behold, Your Son! – Sean Nolan: “Alone he builds community; empty handed he gives gifts.”

March Madness Tournament Schedule and Bracket Predictions – March is here. Which means you will see a lot of college basketball in Morning Mashup for a while. Here is the 2016 NCAA Tournament schedule and predictions of where the Bubble Teams might land.

What Would a President Trump Mean for the World? – CNN’s Jonathan Mann predicts what a world with Trump as President would look like by laying out what Trump has said he would do on various issues.

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God is completely in charge of his world. His hand may be hidden, but his rule is absolute.

— J.I. Packer

Morning Mashup 09/30

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A Quick and Easy Guide to the Planned Parenthood Videos – Shameful silence from the mainstream media. Mollie Hemingway helps them do their jobs.

I Don’t Want Your Good Vibes. I Want Prayer. – Megan Hill: “There’s no substitute for our communion with the Father.”

Speak for the Unborn Leader Pleads for Life – Great look at the work of Andrew King and Speak for the Unborn.

Every Living Thing Matters – “The Every Living Thing Campaign invites Christians to celebrate the wonder and beauty of God’s creation and commit to compassionate living by signing the Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals.”

Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion – Ross Douthat: “There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts.”

Pope Francis Met Privately with Kim Davis – “The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.”

Chipotle Church and the Problem of Choice – Brett McCracken: “Imagine if God were as fickle and restless as we are. But he isn’t. God’s covenant faithfulness to his people, even when the relationship is messy and embarrassing, should be instructive to us. A healthy relationship with the local church is like a healthy marriage: it only works when grounded in selfless commitment and non-consumerist covenant.”

When You Get Home…? – Consider asking your spouse what they want in those first few minutes you get home from work.

4 Tips for Using a Study Bible Well – Helpful article from Justin Taylor. If you use a study Bible, be sure to check it out.


If a preacher isn’t first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the pulpit steps and breaks his neck than preach that sermon. –John Calvin

Morning Mashup 09/23

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A mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.


Should We Elect a Muslim President? – Great stuff from Baptist historian Thomas Kidd. He writes, “real religious liberty requires that law-abiding adherents of all faiths have equal access, in principle, to the benefits and offices of the republic, including the presidency.”

Guard Your Hearts at All Costs in the War with Porn – Brian Renshaw offers four helpful safeguards against pornography.

7 Tips for College Students – John Piper offers seven bits of advice for college students. I especially echo #4.

A Brief History of Complementarian Literature – Owen Strachan offers a comprehensive list of books on complementarianism that should be on every pastor’s shelf.

It’s Time to Increase Our Giving to the Cooperative Program – SBC president, Ronnie Floyd, calls SBC churches to give more to the Cooperative Program.

Yogi Berra Dies at 90 – One of the greatest Yankees and catchers to ever play the game died last night at age 90. Both on and off the field, he was one of the most gifted and interesting people the sport has ever seen.

Is Pro-Life Winning? – Russell Moore: “The cause of the unborn will triumph, ultimately, not because pro-life politicians are alive but because Jesus of Nazareth is.”

10 Surprising Facts About LEGO – Everything is Awesome!!

You ascended from before our eyes and we turned back grieving, only to find you in our hearts. –Augustine

Morning Mashup 09/16

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A mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.


A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration – Thabiti Anyabwile observes and exposes the reality that most opponents of mass incarceration offer little hope by simply stating the problem. He writes, “Black families affected by mass incarceration need hope that’s stronger than the vicissitudes of this life, built on better promises than social policy can offer. Inner-city communities need hope that places its members’ happiness beyond the reach of their enemies. Vulnerable families need hope stronger than the death that’s so frequently dealt out in its homes and hamlets.”

Dear Mama of Littles – A beautiful article for my wife and all other “Mamas of littles.”

Technology and the Truth about the Viability of the Unborn – Dan Darling: “Either technology will force us to face the truth about abortion, or it will force us to admit we know what we are doing: taking innocent human life.”

The Art of Conferencing – As a children’s pastor, I highly recommend this historically proven method of discipleship in the home.

Why We Must Recover the Master of Divinity Degree – Jason Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ushers a resounding call for the recovery of a robust and thorough Master of Divinity Degree. His closing spoke to me: “The call to the ministry is indeed the most glorious calling known to man. All whom God has called must be optimally prepared to serve him. Don’t settle for the quickest or easiest degree; aim for being maximally prepared for a lifetime of faithful ministry. Completing the Master of Divinity degree does not ensure a faithful ministry, but it does best position one for it. If at all possible, don’t settle for anything less.”

20 Funny and Strange Things Church Members Say – Pastors and staff were informally polled on Twitter by Thom Rainer to come up with this list. Surely you’ve never said any of these things, right?

Is Suicide and Unforgivable Sin that Will Send You to Hell? – An interesting approach to a sensitive question.

Co-Founder of Subway Restaurant Chain Dies at 67 – Within this NY Times piece is an interesting story about the beginnings of Subway.

Why Can’t Novak Djokovic Get Some Respect? – The title is a bit misleading. Djokovic has tons of respect, but he’s definitely not the darling of men’s tennis quite yet. Our love affair with Federer still rages on. This is odd and unfortunate because Djokovic is insanely talented, a ten-fold Grand Slam champion, and a seemingly likable dude.

Jesus is the first and last person in history to be told that obedience would bring a curse. –Tim Keller

Morning Mashup 08/31

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Rubio Surges Among Evangelical Insiders – Young Rubio is a fan favorite among evangelical leaders. Now these are the evangelicals I want to identify with. Trump finds himself close to Hillary among this group.

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome is the Reason – Ohio could soon pass a bill banning abortion if the reason is Down Syndrome. A step in the right direction.

Life is Short. Love Your Spouse. – Yes! Contra Ashley Madison, this post praises the beauty of monogamy while giving advice for guarding and gardening your marriage.

‘Sister Wives’ Clan Uses Same-Sex Marriage Ruling in Polygamy Case – And the snowball begins its decent.

Six Thoughts on Vanity Fair and the Triumph of the Christian Moral-Ethical Imagination – Andrew Walker offers six insightful thoughts in response to Vanity Fair’s piece on the use of online sites for “casual sex.”

The Meaning of Serena Williams – Interesting profile of Serena Williams from the NY Times.

Emmett Till – Helpful piece by D.A. Horton. I was glad I read this on the 60th anniversary of Till’s death. You would still do well to read it today.

The Most Popular Bible of the Year – Profile of the NIV Study Bible.

No one can move anywhere without God knowing, for his eye penetrates both the grave and highest heaven. –John Calvin

Abortion Kills Babies: Why It Matters That We Know What We Are Doing

Guest Post by Logan Hurley


Mutter und KindOver the past weeks, a number of videos were released showing Planned Parenthood executives not only admitting that the parts of aborted fetuses could be sold, but offering negotiation on the price for these parts and suggesting that abortions could be performed later or differently to provide adequately developed and unharmed parts. The videos caused a lot of outrage among Christians and have even proved hard for pro-choice advocates.

Why?

Early in 2013, John Piper gave insight into why that would be the case: we collectively know as a culture that what is being killed in an abortion is a human child. I encourage every believer to read Piper’s article and his 1989 article on Biblical justification for protecting unborn life. In light of the presence of solid biblical warrant for protecting our children it can only strike me as odd that some people will concede that, indeed, a fetus may be a human child, but that ultimately this life shouldn’t be protected.

In order to understand why this clarification must be central to the Christian response to abortion, let’s see three reasons why understanding the nature of what is killed in abortion should shape our response to abortion as an action and as an institution.

1. It Shows Abortion as Truly Sinful

I sincerely believe that we wouldn’t be appalled by the notion of Planned Parenthood’s organ mongering if we didn’t on some primordial level know that what was being killed was in fact a child. Every person I know applauds the research and development going into 3-D printing human tissues and organs from a patient’s own genetic material. The narrative of medical treatment gets turned on its head once stealing the body of babies comes into play, though. Romans 2:15-16 shows why this knowledge seems to be universally troubling: on some level, every person knows that killing a human made in the image of God for selfish gain is wrong.

This issue becomes obfuscated when we don’t talk about aborted children as just that: children. This is why a lot of pro-choice advocates usually toe the line at asserting that what is being aborted isn’t human. When we know that it is, though, the people of God have to respond accordingly, with an instinct to protect what God has deemed most precious, the life of those bearing his very image.

Pro-life stances don’t and shouldn’t focus only on the child, though. There are two humans, equally created by God in his image, in this equation. In fighting over the fate of children who would be aborted, its easy for us to take no pity on the mothers who choose to seek abortions, but the human dignity we afford to children must also be afforded to mothers who are suffering. We as Christians must seek to prevent and end suffering where we find it, just as our Savior did for us.

We must be concerned for all kinds of suffering, especially eternal suffering. If abortion is a sin because what is being killed is human, we owe mothers a voice of warning, pleading and begging them to not enter into this especially gross condemnation, and simultaneously offering hope and love with the people of God and God himself. Knowing that our inaction may allow a mother to become guilty of a heinous sin should move us to radical compassion and care.

2. It Shifts the Debate to Moral Grounds

In a nation of laws, the issue of abortion will in some way be decided in the legislative chamber as much as it is in our pulpits and on the streets. This can cause a muddling of discussions about abortion causing some to claim that only those directly affected (pregnant women) should have the ability to decide whether they ought to or ought not have an abortion.

If it is in fact a reality, though, that abortion is the killing of the child, the cultural discussion on abortion is not a matter of personal preference, but of moral stance. To illustrate what this means, take another example that I, as a white, middle class, non-police officer am relatively unaffected by: the very high incidence of police shootings of unarmed, poor, black men. The fact that I am neither of the persons in the previous sentence invalidates my reasonable right, even duty, to be concerned about it. If I love lower class black men because of the image of God which they bear, I absolutely must advocate for reforms to society to help protect them from undue violence. Applied to abortion: if I genuinely love those made in the image of God, I am bound by duty to advocate for their protection at any age, even before birth. There is no other sphere of moral reasoning where those who are not directly affected by injustice are uninvited from seeking justice for victims.

The policy line of thinking also causes people who are against having abortions themselves to punt the issue, saying that they would not want to impose their personal belief upon mothers in this difficult situation. This stands well enough so long as no question of morality is at stake. I really dislike the taste of beans, but this is a matter of taste and forbidding beans or other unpopular tastes makes poor legislation. When a human life hangs in the balance, though, the equation shifts. Violating a contract to steal a widow’s life savings is morally repulsive and there is good reason for it to be illegal. Putting another driver’s life at risk by speeding to get to a party on time is reckless and evil. It is also illegal, as it should be. Murder, theft, sexual assault, and child abuse are all illegal because of their repulsive moral quality, a quality they share because of the harm they involve to others. Once we see that abortion is about human life and protecting victims, and thus a question of morality rather than taste, we lose the convenience of punting. We have to answer hard questions about restraining others in law, and Christians have to answer that question by trying to protect the vulnerable.

3. It Forces Us to Consider Rights

Central to the pro-choice movement is the extension of the rights of bodily autonomy. A key argument of abortion-rights activists to try to negate the importance of knowing that the victim of an abortion is in fact a child rests on bodily autonomy. It goes like this: There is no situation in which you could be compelled to save another’s life by having to give them a kidney or blood infusion or other transplant of your body. Your right to the use of your body is grounded upon the right of bodily autonomy. Thus, they conclude, a pregnant woman’s right to end her pregnancy is inseparable from her dignity as a human in her bodily autonomy.

The answer to that argument must be founded in a consideration of the rights inherent to a human being made in the image of God and the ordering of those rights.

A pregnant woman has no less bodily autonomy than any other person, but another human life has become actively integrated into her life. If I by any action of my own ended another human life, I would be a murderer and in some cases I would be subject to a death penalty, my own life being forfeit for the sake of the life I took. Why do we take murder so seriously? Because it is the permanent deprivation of the highest right which God gives to man (Gen. 9:6).

If abortion deprives a human of its right to live, it must be stopped to protect that victim. It must be stopped at the expense of depriving lesser rights. When we understand that what is being killed in an abortion is a baby, we understand that abortion must be stopped.


Logan Hurley is a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington, KY and senior at the University of Kentucky where he studies Communication, Arab & Islamic Studies, and Philosophy.  He desires to attend seminary in Fall 2016. You can follow him on Twitter @loganmhurley.