Morning Mashup 10/10

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion | N.T. Wright | $21.74

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Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost | Craig Keener | $36.48

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ARTICLES

Donald Trump and an Excruciating Moment for Evangelicals | The Washington Post

Albert MohlerAmerica’s evangelical Christians, awakened by the millions to political activism barely a generation ago, now find themselves in what can only be described as a crisis of conscience. 

Wayne Grudem Rescinds Endorsement of Donald Trump | The Washington Post

Sarah Pulliam Bailey: Sunday, Grudem, a conservative theologian respected in many evangelical circles, pulled back his support and called for Trump to withdraw. The move could signal a loss of support for Trump from evangelicals, many of whom see him as a better option than Democrat Hillary Clinton.

160+ Republican Leaders Don’t Support Trump | NY Times

Really cool timeline of which Republican leaders don’t support Trump and when they made their decision.

The Wisdom of Repugnance | Snakes and Ladders

Alan JacobsI believe that the proper response of the well-former mind and heart to the very idea of Donald Trump as President of the United States is, to put it bluntly, revulsion.

N.T. Wright Reconsiders the Meaning of Jesus’ Death | TGC

Michael HortonI agree with a lot in this book. I agree with the basic gist of Wright’s critique and with much of his own proposal. That response might surprise some, including the author, with whom I’ve enjoyed spirited and edifying discussions of the manuscript. My differences lie at the point of certain details. That said, they are significant.

How Do We Prepare Our Kids for Suffering? | Ask Pastor John

John PiperThe greatest challenge of parenting is not primarily remembering all the things that should be taught in the catechism, but primarily being a parent growing in grace and humility and trust and joy in all the ups and downs of life. Few things will have a greater power in our children’s lives to help them suffer as Christians.

The Problem of Lazy Men | The American Conservative

Rod DreherA smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of the Great Depression in 1940, when the unemployment rate was above 14 percent.

You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice | Desiring God

Paul Tripp: If you desire not only to cope but to thrive with vision and joy as a parent, you need more than seven steps to solving whatever.

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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 09/27

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

On the Puritans

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life | J.I. Packer | $16.20

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Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were | Leland Ryken | $15.85

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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life | Joel Beeke & Mark Jones | $45.79

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Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints | Joel Beeke & Randall Pederson | $35.00

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ARTICLES

How Much Do Christian Kids Need a ‘Christian’ Education? | Thomas Kidd

We know for sure, of course, that whatever combination of public, private, or home education a child receives, the parents’ influence on a child’s mind is pre-eminent. But I still think that evangelicals and other Christians need to think hard about what education for their children should accomplish.

Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity in the Reformed Tradition | Kevin DeYoung

So why I am writing something now? For the simple reason that I am hearing from more people in my own congregation who want to know what to make of this kerfuffle over the Trinity. Twitter demands to “say something!” mean little to me. Honest theological questions from my church family mean a lot.

Scripture and the Long Shadow of American Slavery | Timothy Paul Jones

Yet, if Scriptures seem to have accepted some forms of slavery, why should Christians today view the enslavement of African Americans as a depraved and dehumanizing system from its inception? More important, how can a renewed recognition of the sinfulness of this system help us to understand better the struggles that we face still today?

Complaining Isn’t Authentic, It’s a Waste of Time | Matt Rogers

There are certainly healthy aspects to this trend. It’s hard to love and be loved if everyone is a phony. But, if I’m honest, the rise of authenticity has some rather annoying byproducts. One of the most common is the incessant noise of complaining Christians. Since sin invaded the world, we’ve all had issues doing everything without complaining or grumbling (Phil. 2:14). But lately, it seems that we’ve begun to celebrate complaining as a virtue rather than a vice.

Transcript of the First Debate | NY Times

If you’re like me and skipped out on the debate, here is your one-stop source for every second of the debate in all it’s glory.

Donald Trump’s Cruel Streak | Conor Friedersdorf

Giving a cruel man power and expecting that he won’t use it to inflict cruelty is madness. To vote for Trump, knowing all of this, is to knowingly empower cruelty.

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Morning Mashup 08/03

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


KINDLE DEALS

The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith | Christopher Wright | $3.99

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Reasons for Faith (Foreword by Lee Strobel): Making a Case for the Christian Faith | Norman Geisler | $4.99

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Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics | Jeremy Schaap | $2.99

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ARTICLES

Donald Trump’s Character Counts | Michael Brendan Dougherty

But Grudem’s case for trusting Trump is not very persuasive. He simply asserts that the “most likely” outcome is that Trump would not renege on all his campaign promises, so voters have to assume he will follow through on them. There are serious problems with this argument.

Southern Seminary’s Skeleton in the Closet | Ashlie Stevens

Interesting look at an 1896 article about a crazy story about a mummy and Southern Seminary.

Why We Should Be Grateful for Flourishing Evangelical Seminaries | Joe Carter

Aside from the local church, there is arguably no more important religious institution than the schools that train ministers of the gospel. As history has shown, when they begin to drift into theological liberalism it has a profound and negative affect on the character of our nation and the vitality of our churches. We should be especially grateful that during a time when our country’s other institutions—from local colleges to the federal government—are becoming weaker and less trustworthy, our seminaries remain strong and committed to God’s Word.

America’s Lost Boys | Samuel James

At a time when our culture desperately needs bold and compassionate models of Christian masculinity, the prospect that an entire generation’s potential should be wasted on an addiction to stimulation is deeply sad. Sin is always double-edged like that—it’s a matter not only of doing what one ought not do, but also of neglecting to do what one ought. What might these millions of young men be doing, if they were not doing this?

Elevation Church Debuts Water Slide Baptismal | The Babylon Bee

Excellent satire is a sad commentary on society. Sad, but funny.

On Satire, with Karen Swallow Prior | Mere Orthodoxy

Speaking of satire, here is an excellent podcast the Mere Fidelity boys did with Karen Swallow Prior. Great stuff.

Six Practical Reasons ‘Free Will’ Matters | John Piper

In this article, I simply want to draw out some of the practical implications of believing that the human will is in bondage to preferring other things above God. We are freed from this bondage only when God’s sovereign grace opens the eyes of our hearts in such a way that we find Jesus Christ to be the most beautiful and desirable reality in the world. This is what happens when we are born again.

The Lord’s Supper is a Rehearsal Dinner | Derek Rishmawy

Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana—turning water into the finest wine—was a sign of the coming of his kingdom, the glory of the wedding feast to come. Our celebration of the Lord’s Supper is like a wedding rehearsal we practice until our Lord returns.

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Morning Mashup 08/02

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


KINDLE DEALS

PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace | Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones | $3.99

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Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides | Scott Sauls | $3.99

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ARTICLES

 Alabama Pastor Calls His Church to Reach out to All Races with the Gospel. Church Fires Him. | SBC Voices

And they say racism is dead. Shaken by this story.

Singleness Is Not a Problem to Be Solved | Desiring God

Stacy ReaochIn whatever season of waiting God might have you in, choose to bloom where you’re planted. Embrace the life God has called you to, whether single or married. Trust that both callings are precious gifts of grace, both with painful and overwhelming hardships.

Stop Having Quiet Times | TGC

David PowlisonGod wants to catch your ear in order to awaken your voice. When you have your “quiet” time, or as you walk outdoors, or during your commute, may the decibel level appropriately rise to joyful noise and cries of need—and may you trust that God listens to the sound of your voice.

What Are America’s Largest Seminaries? | Juicy Ecumenism

5 of the 10 largest seminaries are affiliated with the SBC. Proud to be attending SBTS.

Only 9% of America Chose Trump and Clinton as the Nominees | NY Times

Just crazy.

The Worst President Ever | Samuel James

A president with wrong ideas is not a good president. But a president with wrong motivations would be the worst president imaginable.

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Kent Hughes on what pastors should ask themselves before Sunday

 

What Is Expository Preaching?

Morning Mashup 08/01

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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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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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Backed Into a Corner: Why I’m #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary

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The presidential nominees from America’s two major parties have forced many evangelicals into a corner we wish didn’t exist. In past elections we may not have been able to agree theologically with either nominee, but we were able to make voting decisions based on policy and platform. We were able to easily denounce candidates who opposed beliefs crucial to the Christian worldview because there was typically a candidate who espoused, at least in rhetoric, positions that eased our consciences. Even on the most basic level, all evangelicals (and Americans in general) have been able to cast a vote for a presidential candidate who was at least morally decent.

I’m only 25 years old, which means I have only had the privilege to vote in one presidential election. In 2012 I was able to cast a vote not on the basis of full agreement with policy or platform, but at least for the candidate I believed would best lead on principles that at least somewhat mirrored that of a Christian worldview. I’ve never believed a presidential candidate has to be a Christian in order to lead well. However, in this election we have two professing Christians whose actions are eons away from Christian ethics or a Christian worldview. We are faced with two major nominees who have built much of their careers on lies, corruption, and positions that are morally abhorrent.

I could never vote for Donald Trump. His rhetoric and stated policies on everything from immigration, women, minorities, and anyone who publicly opposes him is deplorable. His outlandish statements are more than attention-grabbing ploys for ratings. They are a reflection of his heart. And while he barely appeases what conservative evangelicals desire in political policy–defense of the unborn and religious liberty–I simply do not, cannot, will not believe him. Trump clearly doesn’t care for many marginalized Americans who have been born, so I’m more than hesitant to believe he cares about those who are unborn. 

I also cannot vote for Donald Trump because he lacks basic moral decency. While for now I’ll come short of labeling him a dangerous demagogue, he has used abusive, demonstrative, and demeaning insults to win the Republican nomination. And while I’m just as frustrated as my fellow Republicans with the recent track record of high ranking GOP officials and politicians, I’m unwilling to sell my soul for the vague promise to defend the unborn and appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices.

My opposition to Trump has led many of my conservative friends to counter with a few reasons they are able to vote for Trump:

  1. Even though I don’t love what Trump says, he is a lesser evil than Hillary. After all, we are electing a president, not a pastor.
  2. Even though I’m not the biggest Trump fan, voting third party or abstaining means a sure-fire win for Hillary.

I’m sympathetic if your conscience cannot allow you to vote for Hillary to the point that it will allow you to vote for Trump. But these reasons are not enough for me. In the first case, even if Trump is a lesser evil, to vote for him is to vote for great evil. The lesser evil in this election is not encouraging. In the second case, my voting decision cannot be based on the outcome of the election. To vote for Trump would be a direct violation of my conscience. Voting for a candidate is more than just pressing a button. It is an active and affirmative action. Voting for any candidate is an act of volition support of that candidate. Voting for Trump means that you willfully desire him to be president of the United States. I’m entirely unwilling to go there.

On the flip side, I could never vote for Hillary Clinton. She is a champion of abortion unlike other Democratic leaders. No one has championed the cause of abortion quite like her. And while she may have done great work for many marginalized Americans, for which she (and anyone) should be applauded, it all is for naught when she fails to extend this work to end injustice to the most marginalized among us. Plus, her character is no better than Trump. I lament with my Democratic brothers and sisters who have ardently opposed Clinton throughout her campaign.

While I’m no Bernie Sanders fan, the desire for a candidate who at bare minimum seems to possess decency and honesty is commendable. Her frequent lies and the whole email debacle is enough for even the most hardline Democrat to see a lack of trustworthiness. Most politicians are hard to trust, but we’ve never seen anything quite like Hillary Clinton. While Clinton may have some policies and rhetoric in support of some of the weakest Americans that may cause some evangelicals to vote for her over Trump, her blatant and unabashed pro-choice policies and lack of basic character make her entirely unelectable. I’m entirely unwilling to go there either.

So, here we are. The 2016 presidential election has already brought so much confusion, angst, and apprehension. We are left with two candidates who are more disliked than any president in the history of the United States. We have given ourselves two deplorable candidates for the highest office in the land. Many evangelicals like me are backed into a corner. Where do we (or at least I) go from here? Honestly, I don’t know.

I would never presume to hold another believer’s feet to the fire on his or her voting preference. After all, it is a matter of conscience. I would encourage believers to vote based on a conscience that is informed and transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the implications of this vary from person to person. Voting in the 2016 presidential election is not the basis of anyone’s standing with God. The finished work of Christ in the place of sinners determines your standing with God. You will be no more or less Christian after November.

I’m not certain how I will vote (or if I will vote) come November. I’m waiting hopefully and maybe naively for a decent and respectable candidate who espouses at least a resemblance of basic Christian ethics. He may never come. But one thing is certain: I will never vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

The good news for Christians backed into this corner with me is that the world’s most evil kings and dictators have seen their reigns come to an end. But the God who reigns with total and sovereign power, justice, mercy, and grace, reigns eternally. His kingdom will never end.


Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew is married to his high school sweetheart, Erica. Mathew and Erica live in Tupelo with their son, Jude. You can follow him on Twitter @mat_gilbert.

Morning Mashup 07/27

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


KINDLE DEALS

Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture | Zack Eswine | $2.99

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Sex and the Supremacy of Christ | John Piper | $3.99

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The Theology of Donald Trump | NY Times

After Mr. Trump met with hundreds of evangelical Christians a couple of weeks ago, James Dobson, who is among the most influentialleaders in the evangelical world and serves on Mr. Trump’s evangelical executive advisory board, declared that “Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit,” by which Dr. Dobson meant the Holy Spirit.

Of all the descriptions of Mr. Trump we’ve heard this election season, this may be the most farcical. As described by St. Paul, the “fruit of the Spirit” includes forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, hardly qualities one associates with Mr. Trump. It shows you the lengths Mr. Trump’s supporters will go to in order to rationalize their enthusiastic support of him.

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Free Will’ | Desiring God

My plea is that you focus on the actual teaching of the Scriptures. Try not to bring philosophical presuppositions to the text (presuppositions like: human accountability cannot coexist with God’s decisively working “all things according to the counsel of his will,” Ephesians 1:11). Let the Bible speak fully and deeply. Trust that someday we will no longer see in a mirror dimly, but face to face

Pray for the Police | Reformed African American Network

A question that Christians should be asking themselves during these troubling times is what does God’s word say is an appropriate posture toward the police or toward any institution or person who rules in authority over us? There are many different answers to this question. And, I would argue, that the answer that Christians apply from the many answers the Bible presents to us could vary based on the context and the social setting in which we find ourselves at a particular time in history. However, I think prayer is an answer that would always be applicable in any context.

Should I Correct a Foolish Person or Stay Silent? | One Degree to Another

We have all been there. Someone says something so outlandish and wrong that it must be answered. As you get ready to speak you realize they may not respond well to what you have to say. You think you have to speak up though, because this error must be answered. You feel the confusion and rage welling up within you. Any person who looked at you would know you are in the process of deciding whether you should continue to bite your tongue or not. What do you do? Do you speak or do you keep your mouth closed? And how do you decide which one is appropriate in this situation?

To Sow or to Reap: Four Theses on Social Conservatism | Mere Orthodoxy

This series was first published four years ago by Matthew Lee Anderson in the months leading up to the 2012 election. I had tentative plans to do a similar series this year, particularly after Michelle Obama’s opening-night speech at the DNC highlighted the enormous gap between the Democrats’ ability to give a positive vision of American and the GOP’s ability to do the same. But as I reviewed these posts by Matt, I decided that what he is saying here still basically applies. Indeed, if anything these posts should be read even more closely today in the aftermath of the Trump nomination. So over the next four days, we’ll be republishing Matt’s series of four theses on social conservatism. 

The Place for Children in Corporate Worship | Reformed Margins

What I intend to point out is that including children in corporate worship is immensely beneficial not only for the children, but also for the parents and for the church. In fact, unlike the common belief, this practice enhances the worship experience of the whole congregation.

Before You Post… | Reformation 21

Criticism is usually given much more freely on the internet than in person. It is one of the chief reasons why the internet seems to generate more heat than light. It is so easy to hit that “post” button when you don’t have to face that person’s reaction. In some ways, the internet can reveal our hearts better than personal interactions. This is why it is very important that we meditate on how to give and receive criticism. Proverbs tells us that the way we receive criticism marks us either as foolish or wise people.

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Shame the Strong or Influence the Influencers | TGC

 

How Political Should a Pastor Get With His Flock? | For the Church

Morning Mashup 07/25

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What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? | Kevin DeYoung | $4.99

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C. S. Lewis Remembered: Collected Reflections of Students, Friends and Colleagues | Harry Lee Poe | $0.99

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All the Bad Things | Doctrine & Devotion

My favorite installment from my new favorite podcast. Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler bring the gauntlet down on a recent condemnation of alcohol from Paige Patterson. In this podcast, they discuss all the bad things–alcohol, cigars, and tattoos–from a healthy biblical perspective. The church, and the church in the South particularly, needs to learn how to deal honestly and biblically with these issues.

The Dark Knight | David Brooks

Trump has replaced biblical commitments with a gladiator ethos. Everything is oriented around conquest, success, supremacy and domination. This was the Lock Her Up convention. A law-and-order campaign doesn’t ask voters to like Trump and the Republicans any more than they liked Richard Nixon in 1968.

Voting in the Age of Clinton and Trump | Justin Taylor

It’s not my place to tell you how to vote. But I do agree with the counsel of Ted Cruz, who told the Republican National Convention (to a chorus of boos) to “vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who[m] you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.”

How Much Should You Pay a Guest Preacher? | Art Rainer

Most of us want to show the guest preacher our appreciation through an honorarium. We desire for him to feel valued and loved but still be good stewards of the church budget. It is a tension many church administrators feel. Here are four guidelines I suggest  for navigating this tension…

God Thinks More of Your Obedience Than You Do | Mark Jones

Good people go to heaven — not self-wrought goodness, but true goodness, produced by the Spirit of God. Those who have the Spirit have the fruit of the Spirit, which includes goodness (Galatians 5:22; see Romans 8:9). If you aren’t good, you will not go to heaven (Galatians 5:21).

Pastoral Burnout | Ecclesiam

The causes and cure for burnout in the ministry.

22 Problems With Multi-Site Churches | Jonathan Leeman

Found this article from 2014 to be a helpful expression of disagreement with the multi-site model.

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Saddest part of this election is the reality that Trump supporters like this exist. Since when was the United States of America long past something as simple as having two decent candidates running for the highest office in the land?

 

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Morning Mashup 07/13

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KINDLE DEALS

Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community | David Powlison | $3.99

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Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest | Ed Welch | $2.99

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Which Way Forward? | New Orleans Baptist Association

I usually cringe to read anything theological coming out of Louisiana. But these men have seen, acknowledged, and responded strongly to the divisive attitudes among certain Southern Baptists in their state. I was beyond thankful to read this.

There is No Pro-Life Case for Donald Trump | Jake Meador

“If pro-lifers really believe that the Republican party is the only vehicle that they have in American political life to reach their ends — which is what the “Dumb and Dumber” argument rests upon — then they should absolutely refuse to support this candidate on the grounds that abstention is the only way of keeping the value of their vote up in every subsequent election.”

5 Principles for Studying the Trinity | Gavin Ortlund

“Rather than wade into the contested areas, I thought it might be helpful to offer a broader, more constructive post for those of us (like myself) who, particularly in light of the controversy, see our need to keep “beefing up” our understanding of the Trinity. So here are 5 basic principles that I have reflected on in my own study of the Trinity that may be helpful for others.”

Stop Assuming Your Neighbors Are Hostile to Your Faith | Trevin Wax

“We need to do away with that old saying that Americans don’t discuss politics and religion in polite company. The research shows that most of your friends and family who don’t attend church are either (1) willing to listen to you talk about your faith or (2) will engage you in conversation.”

The Three Verses that Kept Spurgeon from Quitting the Ministry | Cripplegate

“Because Spurgeon was so distraught over the events that occurred, he was unwilling to preach the next Sunday, he even thought about quitting the ministry altogether. And it wasn’t until the Sunday after that that he was willing to return to the pulpit. Here were his first words as he got up to preach that morning.”

Preacher Wanders Away from Pulpit to Catch Pokemon | The Babylon Bee

Hilarious!

“According to sources within Second Baptist Church of Cleveland, Teaching Pastor John Walton abandoned his key sermon point and wandered away from the pulpit in order to catch a Pokémon for his Pokémon GO collection Sunday morning.”

On Leaving CBMW | Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan announces and explains his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.

In Praise of Tim Duncan and Boring Plodders | Stephen Altrogge

An interesting connection between Tim Duncan’s boring career and the Christian life.

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Pop Says Goodbye to Tim Duncan | ESPN

 

Dallas Police Chief David Brown Press Conference | USA Today