Morning Mashup 09/30


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 09/21

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

Evangelicals Won’t Cave – Lengthy, but good. Russell Moore: “I don’t think American Evangelicals will fold on our sexual ethic…If so, the vibrant Evangelical witness God has called together in Nigeria or Argentina or South Korea or China will be alive and well and ready to send missionaries to preach the whole Gospel. Whether from America or not, a voice will stand, crying in the wilderness”

Dissertation on John Piper’s Life – Justin Taylor’s dissertation on John Piper and Christian Hedonism is available through SBTS. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through parts of this piece. Well done, Dr. Taylor.

Carly Fiorina Surges in Recent Polls – A recent CNN poll shows Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina rising to second in the polls behind Trump.

Why Most Sermons Fail in the First Five Minutes – A helpful look at a common problem as well as solutions for fixing it.

The State of Great Britain – “If Britain were to join the United States, it would be the second-poorest state, behind Alabama and ahead of Mississippi.”

Why C.S. Lewis Told Carl Henry “No” – Excellent brief look at Lewis’ shift from writing gospel explanations and doctrinal defenses to fiction.

4 Fake Grammar Rules – This post will relieve many writers like me.

Treat sin as it will treat you; spare it not for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world; treat it therefore as a murderer should be treated. Kill it before it kills you. –Richard Baxter

Morning (Afternoon?) Mashup

Okay, so maybe I didn’t get Morning Mashup quite finished last night. “Bad blogger!” I know. I got to chill with my five month old son Jude for a little longer than usual this morning, so if that means y’all have to get your Morning Mashup at 1:00, then so be it. Of course, my West Coast friends will be quite pleased to receive their email notification at 10:00 instead of 6:30. You’re welcome, guys! Well, anyway, here is your late Friday edition of Morning Mashup–a mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.

The New York Times turns 164 – The New York Times was first published on this date in 1851. The Times has celebrated by sharing a digital version of that original and groundbreaking paper. I’m thankful for this publication even when (most often) vehemently disagree with it.

Arabic Baptist Church Fights Confusion, Grasps Evangelism – “White or Arab, English-speakers or not, members of the congregation have the same mission: Evangelizing Middle Tennessee’s Muslims in a language many of them understand.”

Fiorina Was Right – It truly hurts my heart to see so many on the Left willing to fight so hard to see innocent and helpless babies butchered. Technicalities aside, the images Fiorina described Wednesday night are real. How much have the consciences of those on the Left been seared?

Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values? – Russell Moore’s NY Times op-ed is fantastic. And there is a wonderful reference to The Office where Moore compares Trump to Dwight Schrute. But did Dwight really deserve that?

Six Traits to Look for in a Spouse – “Dream and pray and seek counsel about the characteristics you should be looking for in a potential spouse, and then resolve not to settle for less.”

4 Truths About Hell – “So, what should we think of hell? Is the idea of it really responsible for all the cruelty and torture in the world? Is the doctrine of hell incompatible with the way of Jesus Christ?”

5 Ways to Minister to Women in Crisis – “The bad news is that we’re inadequate. The good news, though, is that Christ is more than adequate to deal with any traumatic situation. It is to him we must point our struggling sister.”

Book Recommendations – If you ever wondered what was on the bookshelves of The Gospel Coalition board and staff, wonder no longer. This resource is awesome.

It is better for us to confess our ignorance than express an unwarranted confidence. –John Stott