Morning Mashup 08/10

What Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Really Do – Contra Planned Parenthood, this article shows how the defunding of this abortion giant in women’s “health care” is really a sign of progress for women.

Planned Parenthood if Hopeless, But We Are Not – Owen Strachan writes, “But abortion is hopelessness made tangible. It is a sickness, a cancer that grows in our stomach, undiagnosed and untouched. It has dulled our emotions. It has seared our conscience. We have lost sight of redemption. Someone falls, and we instinctively think, There’s no use picking them up. They’re gone.”

Calvinism and the Problem of Evil – Helpful post from Derek Rishmawy.

Nothing We Cannot Do – Tim Chester: “There is nothing that God expects you to do that you cannot do. The sin that defeats you need not defeat you. The fears that consume you need not consume you. The people who terrify you need not terrify you.”

Don’t Know What a Fetus Is? – Justin Taylor quotes and summarizes philosopher Peter Kreeft’s discussion of the logical possibilities of what a fetus is.

Where Do We Go From Here? – Jarvis Williams is a rising voice on race and the gospel. When he writes on race, you would do well to read every word.

I believe many pro-abortion people know the science has turned against them & their days are numbered. Keep fighting. –Eric Metaxas


Morning Mashup 12/10

I Don’t See You as a Black Friend – Garrett Kell with an enlightening and emotional discussion of his friendships with black Christian men in his life.

Why I Think the Christian Ought to Care About Race – Friends, listen carefully to Trillia Newbell: “Here’s the thing, you don’t have to agree with all of the issues surrounding the case. We can all disagree about how the case was handled. We can disagree with intent of the officer, etc. But what we can’t ignore is that there is an entire community of people of all colors (but majority Black) who are mourning and grieving. We can’t ignore that.”

Who Was St. Nicholas? – Kevin DeYoung discusses who the real St. Nicholas was. Whether you teach your kids about Santa Claus or not, this article will be to your advantage.

Abortion is Out; Single Moms Are In – “New data show fewer abortions and marriages, meaning many more single moms.Those who love life should start supporting good marriages and parenting.”

How Do You Sleep? – Hm. A question you probably haven’t asked, but probably should be.

The Pastoral Ministry of Shaking Hands – H.B. Charles Jr.: “But I contend it is a good thing for a pastor to hang around after services to shake hands with church members. It is not just a courteous thing to do. You should consider it further ministry to the people you minister to in the pulpit.”

Five Things I’ve Learned From Kids with Autism – Honest and helpful post from Cameron Doolittle.

The History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Read about one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas holiday.

Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. –Charles Spurgeon

Morning Mashup 12/8

Race and Justice – Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church respond to the recent racial tensions surrounding Ferguson and Eric Garner.

Why a Conservative, White Evangelical Keeps Talking About Racial Reconciliation and Justice – I am so thankful for Dr. Moore. His leadership is invaluable to the SBC and American Christianity at large.

Rejecting Separate But Equal Again – “We are praying for the day when saying multiethnic church will be a needless redundancy in evangelicalism.”

Time to Challenge No Fault Divorce – “It seems highly likely that no-fault divorce has, over time, undermined the success of the majority of marriages in this country—that is, normal, non-abusive marriages.”

Prone to Superficiality – “It took aggressive convictions to change the way people think about education for women. We take all that for granted now. But maybe we should have some fierce convictions of our own about the quality of what we are reading now. Much has changed, but unfortunately, much has remained the same.”

10 Troubling Statements Church Leaders and Members Make – “If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these ten statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed they are proclamations that virtually assure your church’s decline and probable demise.”

The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters – “It isn’t wrong to have a fern on my porch or a cactus in my office. But apparently having a fir tree, imitation or genuine, is considered by some to be morally repugnant; though only in December.”

But if a leader gets too far in front of his people, they will lose sight of him and not follow him any longer. –Martin Luther King Jr.

Morning Mashup 09/12

Obama’s Address on ISIS Strategy – Here is the full transcript of Obama’s plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.”

A Prayer for Muslim Lands – A prayer from 1923 that is highly applicable today.

Goodbye August, Worst Month Ever? – August could possibly have been the worst month ever. David Murray shows why.

Thoughts on Ferguson from a St. Louis Pastor – “Yes, I am angry, but I try to use this emotion to effect change through dialogue and events that build bridges between those who have chosen to build walls to protect themselves from others.”

Timeline of the Ray Rice Saga – This is one of the most tragic situations facing the NFL in its history. I am anxious to see how the investigation unfolds. In the meantime, check out this complete timeline of events.

Is There Proof of Heaven? – “While it’s impossible to prove the existence of heaven in the same way you’d prove the existence of your hometown, that doesn’t automatically mean the place is fictional.”

Ministry in a Post-9/11 World – Thoughts from various well-known pastors.

How to Read the Bible in Church – Here are three big ideas and seven practical tips for how to read the Bible in church.

Why Not Sin? – “[Paul] wants Christians to understand that we cannot easily entertain sin, because of our identity.”

An Unusual 9/11 Devotional – What are Family Guy, 9/11, and Romans 1 doing in one blog post? Read to find out.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace/Behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face. –William Cowper

Morning Mashup 09/01

We are kicking off September and Labor Day with a new edition of Morning Mashup. If you are like my wife and have today off from work, rest up! While you’re at it, grab a cup of coffee and read some (or all) of these excellent articles!

Victoria Osteen and Our Conservative Prosperity Gospel – Attention has recently been given to the blatant health and wealth gospel of the Osteens with the hilarious video of Bill Cosby responding to a ludicrous statement made by Victoria Osteen. However, Daniel Darling of the ERLC warns us to be cautious in our laughter, as we “offer a subtler version of the prosperity message in the way we talk about sanctification in this life.”

The Education of the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings – Ok, ok, time to play my nerd card. I found this essay fascinating. If you are a Tolkien fanatic like I have become, you will greatly enjoy this piece.

Kentucky Baptist Convention to Recruit Foster Families – Stories like this make me proud to be a Kentucky Baptist.

Justice and Privilege – If you are white and are uncomfortable with the situation in Ferguson, this is one article you do not need to miss. Darrin Patrick gives an important challenge for all white Christians to consider.

A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading – Biblical counselor David Powlison recommends a unique work of fiction that he believes can awaken the soul to a more fully developed sense of worship.

Books on the Cross of Christ – While we are on the subject of books, I will commend this list compiled by Ligon Duncan. It is perhaps the most comprehensive list of books on the atonement that I have ever seen. Many of these books, the ones I have yet to read, have already made their way into my Amazon shopping cart.

7 Presuppositions for Faithful Christ-Centered Expository Preaching – David Prince on preaching is always a gem. Short. Profound. Helpful.

The Enduring Effects of Adam’s Transgression On Race Relations in Ferguson and Beyond – Jarvis Williams who is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary writes, “I am not in the least surprised by this sad event or by the series of subsequent events that have emerged in the aftermath of Brown’s death.” Read the article to find out why.

Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Indulgence – I am always so blessed by Jon Bloom’s writing and this article is no exception. He writes, “Self-indulgence is spiritually dangerous to us because it’s a form of idolatry. It’s something we turn to instead of God for happiness.”

Faith-Hacking: Managing Your Kids Screen Time – Tim Challies seeks an answer to the following questions: “How do you motivate your kids to pick up a book or go outside? How do you govern screen time without it collapsing into constant bickering?”

What My African-American Sons Taught Me About Race in America – Jeremy Haskins gives a different perspective on racial tension, Ferguson, and the gospel in this open and honest article.

The eternal contribution of Jesus has changed the course of manhood forever. –Eric Mason

Morning Mashup 08/27

10 articles for your information, edification, encouragement, and enjoyment. Happy Hump Day!

Ferguson: One Body, One Head – Blogger Mathew Sims expresses why he hasn’t written on Ferguson in an honest article that I find much identification with.

7 Reasons Why the Current Marriage Debate Is Nothing Like the Debate on Interracial Marriage – Ryan Anderson asks, “Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage?” Read and check out his helpful answer.

How to Break Up to the Glory of God – 13 wisdom-principles on how to end relationships to God’s glory.

Transgenderism: A Theological Perspective – To respond rightly and helpfully to the issue of transgenderism, Tim Scheiderer writes, “we must think biblically; and to think biblically, we must know how certain biblical truths relate to transgenderism and the helpful implications of these truths.”

Christ Did Not Die for You to Do Keg Stands – Kevin DeYoung: “Churches must be ready to winsomely and courageously confront the university lifestyle when it is inconsistent with Christian commitment.”

Grace Creates Safety, Which Creates Change – Justin Buzzard: “When an individual embraces a grace-based identity (instead of a performance-based identity) and standing with God, he or she becomes capable of extending grace (undeserved love) to other people.”

The Wrong Kind of Christian – Tish Harrison Warren: “I thought a winsome faith would win Christians a place at Vanderbilt’s table. I was wrong.” Oh, so sad.

Embrace the Blessing of Rebuke – David Mathis: “One of the most loving things anyone can do for you is tell you when you’re wrong.”

The Importance of Perspective – This is a helpful post from an African-American former police officer who says it’s all about perspective.

The 10 Greatest Hymns of All Time – It is hard to disagree with this list from Tim Challies. Did your favorite hymn make the cut?

I’m not afraid of failure. I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter. –William Carey

Morning Mashup 08/25

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 08/22


A serious and sobering edition of Morning Mashup, with a crazy interesting story at the end. The continued focus as has been the entire week is response to Ferguson and racism in America and the church. I have grown more over the past week than I have in a while, mostly due to some of the articles below. Close out your week with some enlightening and edifying articles. Happy Friday!

Power, Police, and Another Shooting – Another black man was shot by white police in St. Louis. John Piper speaks to this abuse of power: “The more power a fallen human has, the more vulnerable he is to be corrupted by the power. This is true of pastors and police.”

Why We Never “Wait for All the Facts” Before We Speak – Thabiti Anyabwile has been a much-needed voice for evangelicalism in the wake of Ferguson, MO. I am so thankful for him.

Feeling the Pain, Despite the Facts – Bryan Loritts is such a profound writer. This is a moving piece that has given me great understanding.

Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? – This is an article that was hard, yet necessary for me to read. These past few weeks have been nothing short of eye-opening from my clearly privileged perspective. Leonce Crump writes, “The police have stopped me, both walking and driving, nearly once a year since I was 15 years old.” His testimony has shaken me.

Two Words that Prove Racism Exists in the Church – This is a sad reality among many white evangelical circles. Lord, help us.

A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints in Iraq – Beautifully crafted prayer for the suffering saints in Iraq.

A Christian Child Tells of Surviving ISIS Persecution – As a leader in kids ministry, this breaks my heart. Praise God this little boy and his family escaped.

I Increasingly Find Conflict Between My Faith and Some Conservative Discourse – An eye-opening article from Erick Erickson in which he writes, “In the past several months there have been three incidents that have solidified for me that my faith and my politics are starting to collide.” I fully agree with Erickson’s frustrations.

Dr. Kent Brantly’s Recovery and Remarks – And now for some good news! Praise God that Dr. Brantly has fully recovered from Ebola. His comments are gloriously God-exalting: “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.”

How Should a Pastor Approach Baptizing an Autistic Believer? – Russell Moore gives a wise and poignant answer to this difficult question.

Four Reasons Why God Forbids Adultery – Here is a helpful biblical picture of the reason adultery is sinful.

Hiker Fends Off Mountain Lion Attack With Opera – Yes, you read that right. I thought it appropriate to leave you with a pretty cool and amazing story to close out this serious edition of Morning Mashup.

The word of God is more than enough to accomplish the work of God in the people of God. –Kevin DeYoung

396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies, Dec. ’14). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife Erica and their dog, Simba.

Morning Mashup 08/20

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

Morning Mashup 08/18

Here are 12 articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment to start your week. Have a great Monday!

A Living Nightmare for Iraqi Christians – Helpful history of Iraqi Christians and ISIS with a plea to the international community.

Reading the Bible Like Jonathan Edwards – Kyle Strobel: “Means of grace are meant to orient us to Jesus so our hearts pour out in love and affection to him.”

The Cross and the Molotov Cocktail – A truly challenging and helpful read. You will be greatly moved.

Pray for Ferguson – Philip Holmes with sobering words on how to pray for Ferguson, MO.

The Roots of Violence in Ferguson – “Clashes between protesters and law-enforcement officials over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown began again on Saturday morning. Residents say the tension between the city’s police and citizens is longstanding.”

Michael Brown is Your Neighbor – D.A. Horton: “I want to unveil to those saints on the sideline how they can engage in front line participation before, during and after national moments of social injustice arise. The reason why we, as the Body of Christ, must engage is because acts of social injustice are direct attacks on the gospel.”

Ferguson Cleanup Organized by Church Planters – NAMB Send North America church planters in St. Louis organize a cleanup of Ferguson following looting and rioting in light of the shooting of Michael Brown.

5 Facts About Suicide in the United States – Joe Carter with a very informative post about suicide in America.

On Suicide, Gratitude, and Compassion – Jen Wilkin openly and honestly writes about suicide, Robin Williams, and appropriate response to both.

Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality – Alastair Roberts insightfully lays out the core principles of the new sexual and relational morality that is shaping much of the Western world. What do most Westerners think about sex? Roberts nails it.

The Preacher You May or May Not Know – He survived brain cancer and leads a church of 11,000, but have you heard of him?

Google Used to be Called WHAT? – The original names of 23 iconic brands. Seriously, I cannot imagine what life would be like had Google kept its original name.

A man may have enough of the world to sink him, but he can never have enough to satisfy him. –Thomas Brooks