Morning Mashup 04/12

Morning Mashup

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


The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together | Jared Wilson


Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture | John Piper




Gene Veith: I’m not a huge fan of this hybrid of documentary and drama, but this one works as well as I’ve seen.  Luther’s life is so interesting and so inherently dramatic that the narrative is gripping and entertaining, even though it is continually interrupted by the scholars.


Tony Reinke: This week we celebrate the death of our Savior. And today we are going to look at the crucifixion from its historical and physical realities.


Nick BatzigWhen we have sinned in our Christian life or made a error in judgment in pastoral ministry, we need to remember that so much of the Christian life and pastoral ministry is in the recovery.


Geoffrey Kirkland: What is family worship? What does it look like? How does one get started? Is it really doable in our ‘fast-paced society’? This is the outline that I provided our men to guide us in our discussion through this important topic.


Jared Wilson: If you’re one of those rah-rah guys firing on all emotional cylinders for everything from bake sales and the book table to baptisms and baby dedications, you create an equality between minutiae and missional milestones that can be disorienting, and ultimately dulling. But more directly, just remember that if everything is exciting, nothing is.





Morning Mashup 09/28

Morning Mashup

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


On Family Worship

Family Worship | Don Whitney | $7.25

Family Worship Book

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


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


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



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.


Morning Mashup 07/12


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


Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home | Don Whitney | $3.99

Family Worship Book

Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well | Randy Newman | $2.99

Bringing the Gospel Home Book


What’s Going On? | Tony Carter

“Brothers and sisters, we are pro-life, not simply because black lives matter, or blue lives matter, or unborn lives matter, but because Christ matters, the kingdom of God matters. We are pro-life because God is. Let us not make it a black thing (though the world does), and let us not make it simply a justice thing (though it is that). But let’s always make it a God thing, because it is. Let’s make it a Christ thing. And remember Christ is no respecter of person, race, or class.”

Alcohol Abuse, Perry Noble, and the Church’s Response | Ed Stetzer

Grieved by numerous pastoral moral failures in recent months. I’ve openly disagreed with much of Perry Noble’s ministry, but the news of his struggles with alcoholism and his removal as pastor has only led me to bow my head in sorrow and prayer.

Church Attendance Spikes Nationwide Due to Influx of Pokemon GO Players | Babylon Bee

You can always count on the Bee for much needed comic relief!

Grieving Racial Injustice as Citizens of the Kingdom of God | Jarvis Williams

“Christians, we must not hate, although we mourn. We must not fight violence with violence, although we want justice for all of the lives lost last week, and over the weekend. But we must hold fast and hold forth the life giving and life changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with our words and with our actions. And we must seek to live in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ who don’t share our ethnic postures so that the world might see that we love Jesus, that we belong to Jesus, that we love one another, and that we are citizens of the already-not-yet kingdom of God.”

Two Kinds of Voting, Two Kinds of Disruption, and Two Kinds of Unrighteousness | Sen. Ben Sasse

Thank you, Senator Sasse. This needed to be said.

The Playschool Tragedy for Twentysomethings | Marshall Segal

“We all live for something. Some purpose statement hides beneath all our desires and decisions, whether we know it or not. We do everything we do out of love — for something or someone. The question is whether that purpose (or person) is worth all the time, money, and energy we’re spending.”

You Are Smart Enough to Study the Bible | Ryan Higginbottom

“You don’t need seminary training. You don’t need a full bookcase or years of experience or an understanding of Greek and Hebrew. You don’t need a high IQ or a big vocabulary. You don’t even need a high school diploma. I don’t dismiss any of the education, intellect, or training God gives. But only a few things are necessary to study the Bible. You need a Bible, a pen, paper, a heart that seeks God, and the Holy Spirit. Gather the first three, ask God for the last two, and you’re ready to go.”


Pulpit Aflame: Essays in Honor of Steve Lawson | Reformation Heritage Books


Propaganda on Racial Justice (Part 2) | The Verge Network

Review: Jesus the Hero Family Devotional

41bvy95t7SLDavid E. Prince and Jon Canler. Jesus the Hero Family Devotional. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. 420 pp. $14.99 [Buy on Amazon]

One of the most frustrating aspects of being a pastor is seeing your people purchase books that claim to be Christian or biblical, but are in no way worthy of the name. Most Christian parents have a desire to lead their children in the ways of the Lord. They want to teach the Bible to their children, but they aren’t sure how to do it in a biblically faithful and relevant manner.

As a pastor to children and their families, I am always looking for resources to help enhance family discipleship. I receive monthly emails from publishers with the latest books for children and families. Many of these books are devotional in nature. But the sad reality is that many of these books contextualize the biblical message to the point that it is unrecognizable. Suffice it to say, I honestly cringe at the mention of another family devotional. My dissatisfaction has led me to write family devotionals for our faith family based on the book of the Bible we are at present walking through on Sunday mornings. However, there seems to be lacking a biblically and theologically solid family devotional of the entire Bible.

In Jesus the Hero Family Devotional (JTH), pastor David Prince and his Ashland Avenue Baptist Church family have provided a concise, complete, contextualized and Christ-centered resource for parents to use in the discipleship of their families.


When I first received JTH, I was surprised at its thickness. This lengthy devotional (400+ pages of content) provides a devotion for every day of the year. Within each day’s devotion is a:

  • Bible passage
  • Key text
  • Short reflection
  • Connection to the New or Old Testament (depending on the passage of the day)
  • “For the kids” section
  • Prayer prompt

However, these six elements only take up around 1 1/2 pages for each day. JTH is refreshingly concise, which is significant when you consider the richness of the content. Parents don’t have to worry about rushing through a lengthy devotion each day. Each devotion can be read in just a couple minutes, which I know is music to the ears of parents with multiple children.


I really enjoyed how thoroughly Prince and the other Ashland Avenue members dealt with the biblical metanarrative. While obviously not dealing with every text of Scripture, they were able to deal with the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in a compelling way. When an Old Testament text is being taught, there is a connection to the New Testament, and vice-versa. In other words, parents are able to show their children how the Bible isn’t a collection of unrelated stories, but instead one grand story of God’s pursuit and redemption of his people. And in JTH, they are able to show them this every day.

JTH is so complete in the handling of the grand narrative of God’s redemption that parents will will actually benefit from each day’s reflection. I gained much insight and found practical application for my own life as I read through JTH. JTH isn’t just for kids. Parents will grow along with their children as they walk them through each devotion.


One of the common worries among parents who receive a biblically and theologically thorough book is whether or not it will be relevant to their children. Books that do contextualize often do so at the expense of solid teaching. But parents will be glad to find this error nowhere in JTH. In fact, there is a helpful section designed specifically for children. Sometimes there is a suggested craft or activity and other times there is a helpful analogy contextualized for children. The “For the Kids” section is neither sentimental or soft, but rather appropriate application of a given biblical text.


Finally, JTH lives up to its name. Jesus really is the hero of not only the Bible, but of life. Each devotion is lavished with gospel truth and application. While never forcing Christ into any passage of Scripture, each reflection keeps in mind the storyline of Scripture and points readers to the ultimate fulfillment of all things in Christ.

Jesus Really is the Hero

In the words of David Prince, “Jesus is the Hero…The Hero of the self-revelation of God in the Bible. The Hero of the created order. The Hero of world history. The Hero of redemptive history. The ultimate Hero of all things” (5). Christ is the focal point of all Scripture, and through the use of JTH, he will be the focal point of every family devotion.

JTH is a trustworthy guide for parents seeking to lead their families in family worship. Families seeking a biblically faithful, Christ-centered, and practically relevant family devotional need look no further than Jesus the Hero Family Devotional.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to post a favorable review in return for receiving this book.

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.