Morning Mashup 10/12

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church | Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin | $15.69

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The Disciple-Making Parent: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ | Chap Bettis | $13.99

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ARTICLES

20 Surprising Ways a Believer Can Be Self-Deceived | Out of the Ordinary

Diane BucknellEvangelicals en masse believe they will inherit eternal life because they have “asked Jesus into their heart”,  even though many know nothing of  what it means to test themselves to see if their faith is genuine.

Why Are So Many Evangelicals Condoning Sexual Assault? | TGC

Joe CarterRecent events have shown that many evangelicals—especially prominent conservative defenders of family and public morality—side with the powerful oppressors over the vulnerable oppressed. Many have shown they are willing, even eager, to overlook admissions of sexual assault if it will lead to their preferred political outcome.

Seven Simple Daily Prayers | Desiring God

Marshall SegalAs we walk through the valley of the shadow of rut, many of us just put our heads down and hope for better days. But the Bible speaks too often and too highly of prayer for us to stay here long.

Churches Reaching Millennials | TGC

Trevin WaxYou don’t have to be the flashiest church in town, have the coolest pastor, or the most contemporary music to reach young people. The churches in this research come in all shapes and styles and sizes. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ model.

Why Does Friendship at Times Feel One-Sided? | Grace Covers Me

Christine Hoover It’s so disheartening when we make ongoing efforts to extend friendship to other women and find them met with what appears to be apathy or, worse, disinterest.

Why It’s Pivotal to Make Room for Reading | Club 31 Women

Jen ThornReading is important. This is the primary way we learn about God. God did not inspire a TV series about himself. He gave us a book that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. A book that when read and studied brings about a change that lasts forever.

VIDEOS

What Is It Like to Be a Missionary? | IMB

 

Mark Dever on Sermon Preparation | For the Church

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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.

VIDEOS

Morning Mashup 08/08

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


KINDLE DEALS

Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life | Eric Mason | $0.99

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Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between | Stephen Nichols | $3.99

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ARTICLES

John Piper’s Funeral Prayer for a Family of Five | John Piper

Horrific tragedy. Beautiful prayer. Endless hope.

Is the New Evangelical Liturgy Really an Improvement? | Kevin DeYoung

Written three years ago. Still true today. I’m thankful to be a part of an SBC church in the South that actually takes liturgy seriously.

If Pedophilia is a Sexual Orientation, Now What? | Denny Burk

Because of our deep connection to our father Adam, it is possible for our sexual incongruity to feel quite natural to us. But the incongruity is not rendered congruous simply because it feels “natural.” Natural is defined by God’s revelation, not by our feelings one way or the other. So Christianity provides a limiting factor that stops the normalization of pedophilia in its tracks. I don’t think the spirit of our age can provide the same.

Karl Barth on the Olympic GamesKarl Barth on the Olympic Games | John Fea

Doesn’t sound like a fan.

Nicene and Quicunquan Styles | Fred Sanders

When Fred Sanders writes anything on the Trinity, stop everything and read!

The Surprising Truth About False Teachers | David Mathis

No matter how small a minority the church becomes, and no matter how fragile we feel, the very one who is both the subject of true teaching and the model of true living is also our life-and-soul-preserver.

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Morning Mashup 06/07

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


KINDLE DEALS

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Quran

Should I Attend a Homosexual Wedding if the Service is Completely Secular? | Kevin DeYoung

In short, as personally painful as it may be, and as much as the world will call us names and castigate our motives, those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman should not attend a ceremony that purports to be the marrying of a man and a man or a woman and a woman, even if that ceremony is completely secular in nature.

Dear Hollywood | Ella Frech (11 year-old)

Me Before You comes out tomorrow. I’ve never read the book, but my mom told me about it and I read the reviews online. It’s the story of a guy who gets in an accident, and has a spinal cord injury, and has to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. A guy you think should want to die because he has to live a life that looks like mine? Well, what’s wrong with a life that looks like mine?

Introducing the Evangelical History Blog | Thomas Kidd & Justin Taylor

What do we mean by “evangelical history”? Justin and I both have broad interests in the history of evangelical Christianity, and the history of Christianity, so those will be a major focus here. But we’re also interested in a Christian view of all kinds of history: political, military, social, and other topics.

Your Church Needs You to Sing | Stephen Miller

Our God is a wise Father who knows what is best for his children. He has commanded us in his perfect word to gather as the church to sing praises to him not because He needs it, but because we need it.

One Facebook, Two Worlds, Three Problems | Trevin Wax

When we are united by outrage, we look and sound just like the world. So let’s think about the long-term formative effect of our Facebook feeds that reinforce our righteousness, and figure out ways to respond with cheerful confidence in God’s good purposes for the world.

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Morning Mashup 09/21

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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

It Won’t Happen Over the Internet: Accomplishing the Great Commission in Our Generation

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There has been a great resurgence of both Reformed theology and the work of missions in young people over the past couple decades. This is no coincidence. Big God theology leads to risk-taking work to reach the unreached. For those of us who are confident that Jesus has sheep that are not in the fold that he must bring in also (John 10:16), are committed to sending and going to the nations with the gospel, which draws Jesus’ flock home.

This dual resurgence of both Reformed theology and missionary zeal among young people has people looking forward to the accomplishment of the Great Commission. Could millennials really be the final push of taking the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth? Oh, how I pray this to be true of my generation.

But along with a desire for big God theology and a push for missions, millennials are more individualistic than generations before them. Much of this is due to the rise and reign of the Internet. The Internet has led many young, restless, and Reformed Christians (myself included) to take the gospel to the ends of the earth from a dorm room, office chair, or couch. We can watch Netflix and share the gospel simultaneously. And we have mastered this gospel multitasking.

Still, I fear that the Internet and our reliance on it has slowly but surely stagnated the surge of missions work. When we convince ourselves that we can proclaim the gospel to the nations from a laptop, we will be less likely to jump on a plane to move to an unreached people in the Middle East. We begin to convince ourselves that we can “Go and make disciples” without language learning or culture crossing.

I fall into the trap of individualistic thinking often. I see that hundreds from various nations read my blog and convince myself that I am reaching the nations right where I am. Now, of course we can reach the nations from home. It is not required of us to sell our homes and move to the Amazon Rainforest. But, biblical discipleship and the fulfillment of the Great Commission cannot be done from a dorm room or a study. We young, restless, and Reformed can smoke cigars, grow beards, and read Spurgeon all day long, but until we turn our hearts toward the nations, our big God theology will continue to be too small. However, when we do set our gaze on our global God, he will turn our gaze to the nations and show us that some of us must go.

For a while, I got in the habit of trying to spark gospel conversations through social media. I would either message people I noticed posting particular statuses, or I would get involved in Facebook debates. It was and still can be a great way to engage people with the gospel that live miles away. The Internet is an amazing resource for which I am truly thankful, because we are no longer limited to our geographic locations to proclaim the gospel. But I have learned through study and experience that truly impactful discipleship cannot happen through text messages or Twitter mentions. Truly impactful discipleship happens in the nitty gritty of life. Truly impactful discipleship happens face-to-face, hand-in-hand. When we go out to coffee with our lost friends rather than bash them on Facebook, we can truly impact their souls for Christ. When we cross a culture or an ocean to learn a language and live among a people, we can truly impact them with the gospel.

In his introduction to the book, Cross: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy, David Mathis argues that the fulfillment of the Great Commission “won’t happen over the Internet.” He captures my concerns perfectly.

[T]he computer will never replace the missionary–because the Commission doesn’t call for mere exchange of information, but for good old-fashioned disciplemaking.

Discipling the nations requires more than dropping a translated tract or piping in a recording, or even a well-produced video. Disicplemaking requires more than a low-bandwith, user-friendly website in multiple trade languages. Disciplemaking means getting your feet wet, and your whole body, in baptism, and teaching not just what Jesus commanded, but to observe all that he commanded. It means doing the long-term grunt work to entrust the gospel to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. It means older women training younger women holistically. It means being “among” the people we hope to reach with the gentleness of a nursing mother and the strength of an encouraging father. It means an eagerness to share not only the gospel, but our own selves, providing a life example to imitate, and empowering the disciples to practice what they have learned and received and heard and seen in us. Full-orbed disciplemaking cannot be accomplished remotely. It won’t happen over the Internet (Cross, p. 6).

I desperately hope my generation accomplishes the Great Commission. But if we do it, it will not be because of our clever quotes and blog posts. It will be because of our sacrificial commitment to give our lives for the sake of the joy of all peoples–peoples that we touch with our hands and love with our lives.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church East Bernstadt. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba.

Morning Mashup 08/25

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10 articles for your information, edification, enjoyment, and encouragement as you begin your week. Happy Monday!

FAQSs of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Are there possible ethical dilemmas with the ALS ice bucket challenge? Russell Moore hashes it all out here.

America in Black and White – Honest and important article from Justin Taylor on the various positions people are taking on Ferguson and why black and white evangelicals are responding differently.

Black and White Pastors Reflecting on Ferguson Together – J.D. Greear and Chris Green reflect together on the issue of race in Ferguson.

President Obama’s Mythical 21st Century – When I heard President Obama’s remarks on ISIS and his typical, “they are sooooo last century,” I realized just how ignorant our President seems to be. Trevin Wax wrote this article in response to Obama’s historically ignorant remarks on ISIS and radical Islam. I wish I had written it. Thanks, Trevin.

ISIS in the 21st Century – Ross Douthat with a similar article from a slightly different perspective.

Different Dimensions, Not ‘Theories’ of the Atonement – Ahh, yes! Such a refreshing look at multiple dimensions of the atonement, and a call to stop calling them theories.

You Can’t Quit Cold Turkey – A compelling and interesting look at ex-Kentucky Wildcat and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen and his battle with weight. Though his satisfaction with food surpasses that with football, I pray he finds even deeper satisfaction in the Bread of Life.

A Blind Spot – Ray Ortlund: “My hunch is that some of us white people feel anxiety and confusion about scenes of racially-related strife not because we ourselves feel threatened but because we just don’t know what to do.”

The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit – What a truly fascinating story that I can’t believe is true.

Mo’ne Davis, The Little League World Series, and My Daughters – The Little League World Series is over and Mo’ne Davis was a history-making phenomenon. However, read why pastor David Prince would not allow his daughters to compete against the boys past childhood.

God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing. –C.S. Lewis

Morning Mashup 08/20

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Many mid-week articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Have a great Wednesday!

Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Join You in Your Suffering”? – Thabiti Anyabwile offers sobering thoughts on the state of evangelicalism in light of social injustice.

On Being John Piper’s Son – Ed Stetzer interviews Barnabas Piper about his new book, life as a PK, and parenting.

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? – Jewish leader, Ronald Lauder: “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?”

ISIS Beheading U.S. Journalist – My heart breaks for this family. If this is authentic, it will be interesting to see how President Obama responds.

How Can the Gospel Be Good News to Gays? – A friend of Sam Alberry was interested in Jesus, but wanted to know how becoming a Christian would affect his gay lifestyle. See how Alberry responded.

What’s It Like in Ferguson? – A pastor who is walking the streets of Ferguson gives us some insight into what life is like in this torn city.

Listening to Find Our Voice on Ferguson – Much wisdom from Darrin Patrick and Ed Copeland on the rush to judgment on the turmoil in Ferguson and how we should move forward.

The Other Side of Ferguson – Check out the mostly unnoticed work of local churches in Ferguson and how they are responding to the situation.

Love, Hate, and a Counter-Intuitive God – Is the biblical command to love really as simple as it seems? Derek Rishmawy gives great insight to a complex topic.

The Black Church and the Black Community – An enlightening conversation between Trevin Wax and Anthony Bradley on listening to the voices of black church leaders.

Letter to a Discouraged Minister – A very encouraging word from Don Whitney to any minister who is wilting under the weight of discouragement.

Resisting Pressure to “Make Something of Yourself” Before Motherhood – “When we put off the beauty of children—often in quest for our own glory, status, or feelings of having ‘arrived’—we are doing it to our peril.”

Men, Are You Settled on the Issue of Abortion? – John Knight challenges men to speak up about abortion for the sake of countless little lives.

Why the Looters Will Have the Most Lasting Impact on Ferguson – Sadly, this is historically true. Continue to pray for peace in Ferguson.

Enjoying the Good Gift of Sports – Barnabas Piper encourages sports fans to think more about sports. He writes, “Instead of undermining appreciation for sports, an active mind bolsters it.”

Seminary Students: Don’t Be That Guy – This is a tremendously helpful article by Philip Bethancourt of the ERLC. Much wisdom about avoiding the title “that guy” in seminary.

The minister of the gospel is in a perpetual state of war. –Albert Mohler