Morning Mashup 10/03

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Talking Points: Transgender | Vaughan Roberts | $4.99

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Is God Anti-Gay? (Questions Christians Ask) | Sam Allberry | $6.79

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Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change | Denny Burk and Heath Lambert | $9.99

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ARTICLES

How Could Anyone Vote for Trump? | NY Times

Gail Collins: It’s possible Trump is just riding a swell of white-male alienation, but there’s a less depressing answer for his staying power. Americans have always been pretty pragmatic about the presidents they pick. Mostly, they go for change or not-change.

7 Reasons to Keep a Journal | TGC

Ivan Mesa: Some today view journaling as a sentimental token of a bygone age. For others, it’s a distraction from getting things done amid our frenetic pace of life. As one who has kept a journal for many years, journaling has been an invaluable means of grace in my Christian walk and a practical discipline with many benefits. Here are seven quick reasons I commend the practice…

If I Sleep for an Hour, 30 People Will Die | NY Times

I love WWII stories of rescue and heroism like this documentary of “The Forger.”

The Instagram Bible | Jen Wilkin

Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you.

Remembering the Reformation Less Like Luther and More Like Calvin | Reformedish

Derek Rishmawy responds to Carl Trueman’s Baptists-are-bleh article on the Reformation.

Vaughan Roberts on Transgender | Tim Chester

Check out Chester’s excellent review of Roberts’ new book. You can purchase it here.

Has the Church Hurt You? | Desiring God

Paul Maxwell: Sometimes, the wounds we receive from the church are the result of unacceptable and negligent attitudes or behavior in the church. Often, they are the result of unrealistic and unbiblical expectations we enforce on our brothers and sisters in Christ.

A 5-Hour Work Day | Business Insider

Stephan Aarstol: Moving my staff to a five-hour workday was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, but today my employees are happier, more productive, and invested in the business.

Les Miles’ Likely Destination | CBS Sports

As a Kentucky fan, I must say I am very much okay with this list.

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Morning Mashup 09/28

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

On Family Worship

Family Worship | Don Whitney | $7.25

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A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home | Jason Helopoulos | $9.43

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The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions | Terry Johnson | $19.99

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Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes | Voddie Baucham | $14.62

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ARTICLES

From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue

Mr. Ullrich sets out to strip away the mythology that Hitler created around himself in “Mein Kampf,” and he also tries to look at this “mysterious, calamitous figure” not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with “undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.”

5 Ways Efficiency Undermines Productivity | Matt Perman

When most people think of productivity, they think of efficiency—getting more things done in less time. It seems logical. If you have a lot to do, your tendency is to speed up. Surprisingly, if efficiency is your first and primary goal, it might actually undermine productivity. Here are five reasons why…

Labor, Delivery, and New Birth | Marshall Segal

Newborns may not be able to stay awake for more than a few hours, or do anything for themselves, but they can teach us an enormous amount about the most important things in the world.

The Freedom in Losing it All | Tullian Tchividjian

After two affairs, a divorce, and being fired from two churches, Tullian Tchividjian shares his journey through the consequences of his sin, which at one point nearly led to a suicide attempt.

Engage Your City with the Gospel | Femi Osunnuyi

The methods we use, the places we go and functions we play will differ according to our calling, gifts, passion, place and time in history. Nonetheless, all those who have been reconciled to God in Christ, placed and serving in local communities are required to reach out to the lost.

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Morning Mashup 08/29

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength | J.I. Packer | $3.99

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Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging | J.I. Packer | $3.99

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Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace | Michael Beates | $2.99

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ARTICLES

On David Gushee’s Dishonesty | Jake Meador

In Gushee’s world, no one is acting to promote a certain social agenda premised on redefining marriage and transforming sexual ethics into an exclusively consent-based system. It’s just happening like magic. Because #history.

Attention Students, Put Your Laptops Away | NPR

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there’s a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way.

Christianity and the American Founding | Thomas Kidd

 For all of our arguments about religion’s role in the American Founding, we may not have considered the possibility that the Christianity of the American Founding could have produced watered-down “bad religion.”

Why Men and Women Are Not Equal | Glenn Stanton

Man and woman are not equal. He owes what he is to her. That is hardly her only power, but it is among her most formidable. Christianity has always known this. The Savior of the world chose to come to us through a wife and mother.

The Beautiful Gift of Gospel Community | Brandon Smart

It’s a gift that we even have someone to share our lives with. It’s a gift that we can confess sin and met with grace and restoration. It’s a gift to be able to look at your brothers and sisters and with tear filled eyes say “I’m not okay” and have them love us well enough to shower us with the gospel.

Welcome to the Big Time | ESPN

The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.

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Morning Mashup 08/25

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Center Church) | Tim Keller | $3.99

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Relationships: A Mess Worth Making | Tim Lane | $2.99

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ARTICLES

Purity Culture | Samuel James

 It is often difficult for me to read a blog post that excoriates evangelical purity culture, and discern where the criticism of legalism ends and the criticism of the Bible’s teachings on sex begin. 

Remember Their Names | James Faris

You can minister to family members of public figures by following God’s pattern: remember their names. Most are pretty happy to live in the orbit of their more luminous family member; but when you work to know a person’s name and use it, it brings them even greater joy because it shows that you care about them as an individual.

You Are Not the Bride of Christ | Ryan Higginbottom

The image in Scripture is clear: God is preparing and purifying his people for a great gathering at the end of time. The victorious Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, will meet his bride, the church, and there will be a great feast of celebration. Let’s not dilute or distract from this great biblical image. You are not the bride of Christ; we are.

Writing and the Lie of Better-Than | Barnabas Piper

When we worry about which writers are better than us we have taken the infinite game of creating and lowered it to the finite world of win or lose. When we do this we lose ourselves and our unique ability to say or create anything that matters. We become derivative and soulless – precisely the opposite of what makes the most significant writing significant. Our game is not to defeat other writers but to continually grow as writers.

Pastoral Ministry Doesn’t Have to Be Sedentary | Erik Raymond

Pastors spend a lot of time in a chair. Consider a quick list of regular tasks that a pastor attends to: sermon preparation, counseling, reading, prayer, meetings, driving to meet someone, answering emails, working on projects, and a host of other (seated) things. We know that without some degree of intentionality a pastor can slouch into a sedentary lifestyle. We also know that this type of lifestyle is not healthy. In this post I want to highlight a few practices that I have found helpful in my ministry to combat this problem. If calling them “life-hacks” makes them more compelling and inviting then so be it, but I’m content to call them suggestions.

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Morning Mashup 08/01

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


KINDLE DEALS

Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists | Albert Mohler | $3.99

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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

A Good Man Justifies a Wicked Deed: Grudem on Trump | John Mark Reynolds

We are not an age that likes absolutes. We temper, we hedge, we do not want to say a good man is doing a bad thing because we do not like conflict. I am thankful that a good man, Professor Grudem, has made his views known: he asserts a good man can vote for Donald Trump and, in fact, probably should. Sadly, his arguments are bad, his advice worse, and the outcome will be disaster.

Can You Vote for Donald Trump with a Clear Conscience? | Andy Naselli

If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for President of the United States, can you vote for him with a clear conscience? This election cycle may force conservatives—especially religious, social conservatives—to answer that question.

The Excommunicated Member Who Thanked Me | Bob Thune

Six years ago, our elders put Jack under church discipline. Last week, he thanked me for it.

Albert Mohler and Russell Moore Explain Why They Can’t Support Trump | Caffeinated Thoughts

Albert MohlerThe first time I met Bill Clinton was hours after I had been on the O’Reilly Factor calling on him to resign, and that was a quintessential awkward moment, but I was right in terms of the issues. But I could not possibly be consistent and somehow vote for someone whose character I believe eclipses Bill Clinton on so many of those very same concerns. Someone who has bragged about his adulterous affairs, someone who has given himself to the pornographic industry, basically to a form of the sex trade, and let’s just go on. In other words, I can’t being single-issue dispositive does not give an adequate political grid for when you go out. Because character is pretty much and also how prolife someone supposedly is after being so pro-abortion that they actually supported partial birth abortion.

The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences | TGC

Everyone loves a good story. As Christians, we especially love stories that tell us how, when all seems lost, God makes a way. One such story is about the church in Iran—and it’s one of the greatest stories in the world today. It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the church in Iran has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ.

3 Types of Legalism | R.C. Sproul

Have you, as a Christian, ever been accused of legalism? That word is often bandied about in the Christian subculture incorrectly. For example, some people might call John a legalist because they view him as narrow-minded. But the term legalism does not refer to narrow-mindedness. In reality, legalism manifests itself in many subtle ways.

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Morning Mashup 07/29

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


KINDLE DEALS

Same-Sex Marriage (Thoughtful Response): A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage | Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet | $1.99

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Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint | Ben Reed | $4.97

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ARTICLES

Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t | SBTS

Hershael York: On the first day of the semester, or the first time I hear a student preach, I have no way of knowing if he has what it takes or is willing to do what he must to be the preacher he needs to be, but I can usually tell by the second sermon if he does, because that is when he has to act on what I told him after his first sermon. What makes the difference?

The Attractional Church’s Growing Irrelevance | TGC

Jared WilsonI find it incredibly interesting, sort of amusing, and more than a bit sad that the attractional church—what we used to call the “seeker church”—hasn’t seemed to grow up at all. Yes, it’s grown big. But growing big and growing up aren’t the same thing.

9 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches | B&H Academic

Ed StetzerWe would challenge established church pastors to mother a church plant. You’ll see that people will be won to Jesus in the churches you plant and in your church. Some that may be less receptive to your church will be receptive to your plant. That’s why we want to plant churches that plant churches that plant churches.

Hillary Clinton Rehearsing Convention Speech in Dozens of Different Dialects | The Babylon Bee

Hilarious!

7 Ways to Help Children Deal With Tragedies | Facts & Trends

Bill EmeottWhile you may be all too aware of the recent tragedies, most younger kids probably aren’t even aware—thank God. To some extent, ignorance may be the best plan. They’ll hear things and you should be ready to have meaningful conversations, but I would advise church leaders and parents to be careful about the media exposure and adult conversations you allow your kids to be exposed to over the next few days. Below are some ideas that might help parents and ministry leaders as they deal with the children in their lives during this crisis.

Being Real About Being Real | Desiring God

Jon BloomMillennials, in no way do I wish your desire for authenticity to diminish. I want it to increase, and mine with yours. It is spiritually healthy, and as a generational value could be a harbinger of a new outpouring of the Spirit. I only long for you to avoid sacrificing love on the altar of your ideals, a mistake we, your predecessors, have made.

Should Pastors Host a Q&A After the Worship Service? Tim Keller Responds to Mark Jones | Gospel Relevance

Tim Keller drops a 1,400 word response to Mark Jones’ criticism in the comment section of his article on hosting a Q&A after a worship service. Incredibly helpful!

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When Culture Gets Confused With Christianity | Jamie Dew

 

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Morning Mashup 06/02

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


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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 06/01

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


KINDLE DEALS

God Took Me by the Hand: A Story of God’s Unusual Providence | Jerry Bridges | $1.99

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10 Ways to Grow Your Marriage While Having Young Kids | Gavin Ortlund

“After my walk with Christ, nothing should take a higher priority in my life than cultivating intimacy and friendship with my wife—not even being a dad. In fact, I know I can’t be the dad God calls me to be unless my marriage is strong. Here are some strategies we’ve reflected on that might be helpful to other young parents in a similar season of life.”

4 Things I Learned About Work from a Peewee Soccer Team | Barnabas Piper

“Over the course of the season, though, I began to notice a few things that consistently occurred that turned the outcome of every game. Each of them is directly applicable to your work and mine.”

Seven Ways to Improve Your Preaching | Kevin DeYoung

“Below are seven practical ways we can improve our preaching. And please note: I deliberately use the words “we” and “our,” because I’m thinking of my sermons as much as anyone’s. These suggestions are things I continue to work on as a preacher, sometimes with success and often with less progress than I would like.”

The Unbusy Pastor | Eugene Peterson

“The word busy is a symptom not of commitment but of betrayal.”

What If Your Kids’ Sports Teams Interfere With the Church Schedule? | Interview with David Prince

Russell Moore: “In this episode of Signposts I talk with my friend, pastor David Prince, about what Christian families can do to maintain healthy priorities when it comes to church and sports.”

What Does it Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain? | Iain Campbell

“By naming Himself, God not only discloses who He is, but He does so in such a way that we might know Him personally. To live by the terms of the third commandment is to recognize and confess that God deserves the highest honor; that He has singled us out by putting His name on us; that we would be entirely lost were it not that for the sake of His name He keeps and protects us; and that He calls us to live after the example of Jesus, glorifying God on earth. We are the bearers of the name of God; may all our conduct show it.”

Know When to Walk Away | Tony Reinke

“How do we push back against the urge to tap the social media icon on our phones and jump into the slot machine of digital randomness, all served up fresh and sugary, moment by moment, to the eyes? Here are twelve steps.”

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Dads Should Be Exhausted | Matt Chandler (HT: Communicate Jesus)

Morning Mashup 05/25

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KINDLE DEALS

Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions | Sam Storms | $4.99

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Jesus, the Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? | John Piper | $0.99

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The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places | Nik Ripken | $0.99

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3 Priorities for Christian Parents | Tim Challies

“How can [our children] live lives that are pleasing to God? Isn’t that the dream and desire of every Christian parent, that their children will live lives that thrill God?

Seven Ways Church Outreach Has Changed in 15 Years | Thom Rainer

“Thousands of churches are doing some type of outreach to their communities and beyond. But the times have definitely changed. Here are seven of the most common changes in church outreach practices over the past one to two decades.”

How Do My Unbaptized Children Relate to the New Covenant Promises | John Piper

“We view [our children] as little pilgrims in hope on the way to faith, woven into the fabric of relationships in the family and the church. And we have nothing to be ashamed of in this relationship with our children. It is every bit as hopeful for a good outcome of eternal covenant membership as any other way of viewing children.”

We Are Not Entitled to the World’s Respect | David Mathis

Winning arguments is not the same as winning souls. Very few, if any, have lost a quarrel and found themselves converted. But we all know the impulse deep down, when engaging with unbelief, to lash out in an effort to show ourselves right rather than win the unbeliever.

Helping Rural America in Crisis | Kyle Borg

As a pastor in rural America these questions resonate deeply with me. It is well documented that small town America rarely looks like Mayberry, and a lot like “Methland.” The crisis we witness in these areas is a crisis for the church. After all, hopelessness, despair, and depression can only be interpreted, mitigated, and worked through by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence | Zack Eswine

“Fellow ministry leaders, you might feel a long way from home. This idea that a pleasure can be found with God might seem scary or too far gone. The son of David, Jesus, invites you to take a step with him today. Non-trite, non-sentimental but gorgeous and true pleasures haven’t quit in the world. God has seen to it.”

What Dietrich Bonhoeffer Preached on Memorial Day | Trevin Wax

“What should a preacher communicate on a day that memorialized the Germans who died in the first world war? What words would be appropriate, or more importantly, Christian?

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Russell Westbrook Scores 16 Pts in 2nd Qtr | NBA on Youtube
Chewbacca Mom is Winning the Internet | The Late Late Show With James Corden

Morning Mashup 05/19

 

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KINDLE DEALS

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson ($1.99)

 

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick ($1.99)

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I. Packer ($1.99)

The God Who Justifies by James White ($3.99)

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Sex, Hookups, and God – Jarvis Williams urges both men and women to pursue sexual purity for the glory of God and their own joy.

Why I Am Not an Atheist – This series looks promising.

Life’s Not Fair, So Win and Lose Well – Barnabas Piper: “Fair has become equity in the finish instead of equity in the process. This perspective says a reward is due just for showing up, not because it’s earned. It cheapens real rewards for actual successes, and as it creeps into different areas of life, it undermines valuable assets such as hard work or giftedness.

Five Signs Your Church Has Gone Too Far With Marketing – Jonathan Howe with a helpful list of examples of going too far in church marketing.

The Wonder of Waking Up to an Ordinary Day – Trevin Wax shares a letter written by G.K. Chesterton whose writing can make any ordinary day extraordinary.

Gandalf, Job, and the Indignant Love of God – He had me at Gandalf.

Do We Sing Jesus Christ’s Name in the Psalter? | Travis Fentiman, Reformed Books Online – Travis Fentiman: “The Psalter has often been valued less than it should as a manual for sung praise because it is claimed that we do not sing Jesus Christ’s personal name in it . . . This claim also happens to be false; we do sing Jesus Christ’s personal name throughout the Psalter, which will be overwhelmingly shown.”

10 Ways to Love Your Spouse Today – Super practical. I’ll be using some of these today.

Amy Carmichael: Unconditionally Surrendered to her Beloved King – Jani Ortlund on Amy Carmichael: “We are saved to serve. She lived out that theme until her death.”

Our Respectable Sin – One word: laziness.

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