Morning Mashup 04/11

Morning Mashup

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


The New City Catechism: 52 Questions and Answers for Our Hearts and Minds | TGC



The New City Catechism Devotional: God’s Truth for Our Hearts and Minds | TGC





Rachel Miller: I woke up last week with a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. Nothing, in particular, was wrong, but that didn’t stop my mind from racing through every possible thing that I could worry about. And then it latched on to something. And I began to obsess about it. And worry about it. And I prayed and talked myself down. And then “but, what if?” And then it latched on again. And I continued to obsess about it. And worry about it. And I prayed and talked myself down. Again, and again, and again. For days. Every night I’d go to sleep praying about it. Every morning I’d wake up early with the same dread, and the cycle would begin again. It was exhausting.


Stephen Witmer: The redeeming death of Jesus saves individuals, but it does more than just this. It creates communities, miraculously forming redeemed people into churches who live as family with one another.


Robert Bentley, an Alabama Republican once known as a champion of family values and conservative Christian morals, resigned as the state’s governor today amid a sex scandal that triggered a state ethics investigation.


Kathy Keller“Catechism—with our kids?” Years ago that was my response when someone suggested we begin doing a catechism with our very young, very active boys. But, to my amazement, it was a truly wonderful experience.

Grandfather Apologizes After Dylann Roof’s Guilty Pleas Add to Sentence | NY TIMES

It was Ms. Collier who stunned the nation by leading a procession of family members who expressed forgiveness for Mr. Roof at his bond hearing, only two days after the shootings. She reinforced that message in addressing Mr. Roof on Monday. “I just want to say,” Ms. Collier said, “have mercy on your soul.”




Morning Mashup 04/03

Morning Mashup

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


Praying the Bible | Donald Whitney | $3.19 (Kindle)


Prayer | Timothy Keller | $7.58


A Praying Life | Paul Miller | $10.19


Praying with Paul | D.A. Carson | $13.25



Are We Victims of Sin? | Head Heart Hand

David Murray: One of the keys to the Christian life is getting the right balance between confessing personal sin and lamenting the universal consequences of sin.

4 Surprises in Bible Publishing | TGC

Trevin Wax describes the biggest surprises he encountered in his role in helping publish the Christian Standard Bible.

You Cannot Raise Snowflakes in Jesus’ Name | Prince on Preaching

Excellent article for parents as they consider raising their children in a world where we can’t protect them from pain.

FAQ on the Collected Works of John Piper | TGC

Justin TaylorOur basic criterion for selection has been to include everything that John Piper has written for publication in printed books, magazines, and journals. The result is forty-five books, sixty articles and reviews, twenty-three forewords, and forty-two chapters—totaling around three million words.

How Calvinists Miss the Key to Happiness | Desiring God

Tony Reinke:  The joy of Calvinism is a joy purchased by Christ and emerges from the ever-present Spirit within us.

Graceless Dads, Overly Spiritual Pastors, and Sticky Notes | Gospel Centered Family

Jared KennedyWhen I am disciplining one of my girls, I may even go beyond misbehavior and shepherd her heart motivations. But like an older brother in Christ, am I willing to confess my own sin and repent before my daughters as well? If not, I’m in danger of being a graceless dad.


How to Depict the Beauty of Complementarity? | TGC

Paul George vs. LeBron James in OT

Morning Mashup 08/15

10 articles ranging from reaction to the Michael Brown shooting to cold water challenges. Enter your weekend informed, edified, and enlightened. Have a great Friday!

Ripping the Bandages Off Our Racial Wounds – Trevin Wax: “But make no mistake. Privilege is real, and so is oppression. We live in the same country, in different worlds. The town of Ferguson is speaking up; this is the time to listen, and pray for justice.”

Ferguson, Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches – Derwin Gray: “We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is that black evangelicals and white evangelicals interpret these types of situations very differently. What if black and white evangelicals attended multi-ethnic churches instead of segregated ones? If this Christ-exalting life were to become our reality, we could address racism, oppression, and injustice together. What if black and white evangelicals and other evangelical ethnicities shared life with each other in a local church community and heard each other’s stories and walked in each other shoes?”

Michael Brown and Black Men – Charles Blow of The New York Times: “The killing of Michael Brown has tapped into something bigger than Michael Brown.”

Name of Police Officer in Brown Shooting to Be Released – “On Friday, police in Ferguson plan to release the name of the officer who shot Brown, a source close to the investigation told CNN.” Praying for peace and justice in Ferguson.

Does God View Your Good Works as Filthy Rags? – What does God think of our good works after we are saved? Michael Kruger gives a biblically faithful answer.

Ignorance is Not Excused – Ian Hammond: “The Christians that comprise the dominant culture group are ignorant of many of their offenses to the subdominant culture. This is not an excuse; this is a reality. This is a reality that requires repentance. The Bible is very clear that ignorance does not mean innocence. Ignorant sin is still sin.”

Robin Williams – Heath Lambert: “Robin Williams’s passing serves as a tragic reminder of the urgent need to help troubled people overwhelmed with sorrow.  Christians must respond to Williams’s death with grief over the loss of a precious life.  We must also respond with resolve.  People with depression need many things.  They need medical care.  They need relationships full of love and accountability.”

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Mental Health – I read many articles about suicide, depression, and mental health in the aftermath of Robin Williams’ suicide, and this one by Ann Voskamp is as important as any of them for churches and Christians.

The Cold, Hard Truth About the Ice Bucket Challenge – William MacAskill: “So, sure, pour a bucket of water over yourself, or go bungee jumping, or lie in a bathtub of beans, whatever. But only do these things if you connect these fundraisers with meaningful behavior change, otherwise your campaign, even if seemingly fantastically successful, could be doing more harm than good.”

Mars Hill Church Cancels The Resurgence Conference – The conference was set to feature Mark Driscoll, J.I. Packer, Paul Tripp, James MacDonald, and more. The conference has been canceled due to “unforeseen changes to our speaker lineup.”

If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men. –Augustine

Morning Mashup 07/28

Israel, Gaza, Divine Right, and John Piper – Matt Smethurst of The Gospel Coalition writes a compelling and important article for Christians thinking through the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Does Israel have a divine right to the land that is being contested? Check out this article for a sobering and biblically sound answer.

What is a Disciple? – Jonathan Parnell: “To be a disciple of Jesus means to point people to him. It means to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love so that others would know him and worship him. It means, in other words, that we gladly seek more worshipers-servants-missionaries. Which is to say, a disciple of Jesus makes disciples of Jesus, as Jesus tells us to.”

Anxiety and Depression, My Strange Friends – Scott Sauls: “Anxiety and depression have been God’s way of reminding me that I don’t have to be awesome. He has not called me to be awesome, or impressive, or a celebrity pastor, or anything of the sort. He has first and foremost called me to be loved, and to receive that love. He has called me to remember that because of Jesus, I already have a name, and I will be remembered even after I am long gone, because he is my God and I am his. He is my Father and I am his son.”

Why Tony Dungy Isn’t a Bigot – Barnabas Piper: “To make a decision from conviction, because one believes it is moral or for the best, is not bigotry. Bigotry is when one makes a decision in order to exclude or harm another. When we arrive at such a misunderstanding of “bigot,” all ability to reason, to share beliefs, and to discourse are gone.”

Moving In and Moving On – Scott Stanley: “If you want to marry, be careful about cohabitation. Sure, more and more people are cohabiting, but it’s also less likely than ever to lead to marriage.”

Really? You’re Going to Die on That Hill? – Thabiti Anyabwile: “In a time when many evangelicals feel as if the sky is falling and the culture is lost, it might be good for us all to step back, swear off controversy for a while, and determine what really matters most. I can see now that a lot of what I thought was dire was really the angst of someone else who loved controversy and felt like they were on ‘the losing side.'”

N is for Nazareth – The reason many Christians, myself included, have changed their Twitter avatars to the Arabic “n.” Russell Moore writes, “The Islamic militants mean it for evil when they mark homes with ‘N’ for ‘Nazarene.’ They assume it’s an insult, an emblem of shame. Others once thought that of the cross. But in that intended slight, we are reminded of who we are, and why we belong to one another, across the barriers of space and time and language and nationality. We are Christians. We are citizens of the New Jerusalem. We are Nazarenes all.”

Lay siege to your sins, and starve them out by keeping away the food and fuel which is their maintenance and life. –Richard Baxter