Morning Mashup 06/07

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


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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 07/13

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It has been a while, but Morning Mashup is back! Three days per week (MWF), I will be sharing a mashup of interesting articles or stories from around the web for your edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.


Building Attention Span – I came across this article in the New York Times the other day and just had to find it online to share it with you. It is a very interesting piece, which discusses our ever-shortening attention span due to the Internet.

Screen Addiction in Children – Another great piece in last week’s Times. Jane Brody makes some startling assertions about children and their growing “screen addiction.” I fear she has hit the nail on the head here. As a substitute teacher and children’s minister, I identify all too well with Brody: “Parents, grateful for ways to calm disruptive children and keep them from interrupting their own screen activities, seem to be unaware of the potential harm from so much time spent in the virtual world.”

Millennial Issues with Love, the Body, and Marriage – Derek Rishmawy, one of my favorite bloggers, interacts with Tyler Huckabee’s recent “change of heart” in the gay marriage debate. He winsomely and pastorally addresses not only the flaws in Huckabee’s biblical interpretation, but also in his erroneous thinking which he fears pervades the minds of many millennials.

2015 is the New 1968 – I saw Ray Ortlund say something to this effect on Instagram the other day. Yesterday, he fleshed it out in a short post that is well worth your time.

How Should Christians Respond to Cultural Decline? – In this sober and wise post from R.C. Sproul Jr., he examines the culture and Christians’ place in it and then gives five responses Christians should give to the recent further shift in American culture.

Roger Federer and Aging Gracefully – Even though Federer lost the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokavic, his Wimbledon run was classic Federer. This was the first year I watched the entire tournament and Federer seems to not be buying in to the whole “age thing” in his sport. Even though this article was written before his semi-final match with Andy Murray, it rings a lot of truth about Federer’s career.

Lotteries, Payday Lending, and Swindling America’s Poor – Michael Gerson wrote this incredibly indicting piece where he charges government and big business with exploiting the poor through lotteries and payday lending.

Serena Williams Transcends Sport – Serena Williams’ run in Wimbledon was dominating. I have witnessed her dominance for most of my life, and while this article calls her the greatest female tennis player ever, I think one could even argue that she is the greatest female athlete ever. We are indeed fortunate to be witnesses to this greatness.

The best is perhaps what we understand least. — C.S. Lewis

Morning Mashup 10/20

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Sunday nights provide me with a unique opportunity. I will without fail be doing four things simultaneously: (1) Shaping up a paper due for class at 11:55 pm, (2) Watching both The Walking Dead and Sunday Night Football, (3) Watching my wife and our dog take a long, long nap, and, finally, (4) Work on the Morning Mashup post for Monday.

This all made for an exceptionally interesting night, especially when Gareth was gnawing on Bob’s leg at the end of TWD. Not sure I have recovered from that yet. But as intrigued as I was throughout the night, I kept this in mind as I prepared this edition of Morning Mashup. I hope you find these articles interesting, encouraging, challenging, informing, edifying, or all the above. But seriously…those Terminus folks are MESSED UP!


Peyton Manning Breaks Brett Favre’s All-Time TD Record – Last night, Peyton Manning set the NFL record for career touchdown passes. He threw four TD passes against the 49ers in an all out shellacking. So, here’s to the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Yeah, I said it.

Hillsong Shifts on Homosexuality – When asked to clarify their stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, Hillsong pastor, Brian Houston, was anything but clear. He essentially gave a non-answer and this article from Andrew Walker shows why evangelicals should be concerned.

Hillsong (kind of) Clarifies Statement on Gay Marriage – While Houston affirms traditionally held Christian views on homosexuality, he remains unclear. I don’t see this statement as invalidating Walker’s above article.

How Boko Haram’s Murders and Kidnappings are Changing Nigeria’s Churches – “Leading Nigerian evangelical says Christians won’t abandon the North.”

Why I’m Not Afraid of Ebola – Inspiring words from a doctor who is a Christian.

One of the Oldest Known Synagogues Seized by ISIS – “Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists not only threaten the current Middle East according to antiquities officials in Iraq and Syria, the terror group threatens to erase 5,000 years of history and relics in upper Mesopotamia, including one of the earliest Jewish synagogues.”

The Better Half: SEC Wives – This brief feature on the lives of the wives of SEC football coaches is unique and interesting. However, there is a saddening effect inherent with their lifestyles.

The Mid-Degree Crisis and Value of Work During Seminary – This was timely in my life. I am a theology student who works. I received much-needed encouragement from Phillip Bethancourt in this post.

Book Review of “The Bible Tells Me So” – Don’t miss this important review of Peter Enns’ controversial book.

Marriage on the Edge of Eternity – Francis Chan: “Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next.”

5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline – Tim Challies: “There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes.”

The One Key Component to Good Writing – Barnabas Piper with some helpful advice for all of my fellow writers out there.

As long as we let the Word be our only armor we can look confidently into the future. –Deitrich Bonhoeffer

Morning Mashup 10/17

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With an incredibly busy day on Wednesday, I was unable to put a Morning Mashup together. This turned out to be a real shame because there were many great articles floating around the web on Wednesday. Ah, c’est la vie! Nevertheless, I have a smorgasbord of articles dealing with the religious liberty violation in Houston, Mark Driscoll’s resignation, the Catholic Church and gay “marriage,” Ebola, the MLB playoffs, preaching, and much, much more.


Houston, We Have a Constitution – Russell Moore: “The separation of church and state means that we will render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and we will. But the preaching of the church of God does not belong to Caesar, and we will not hand it over to him. Not now. Not ever.”

Why Not Just Hand the Sermons Over? – Russell Moore: “Religious liberty isn’t ours to give away to Caesar, and soul freedom isn’t subject to subpoena from City Hall.”

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill Church – With all of the hoopla in Houston, this story seemed to creep between the cracks. Driscoll’s demise is deeply saddening. However, I pray repentance would result from his fall.

Did the Roman Catholic Church Just Change Its Position on Divorce and Gay Marriage – Denny Burk says, based on news headlines, the answer is clearly, “Yes.”

American Evangelicals Should Expect Persecution – As one who will, Lord willing, be studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, these words from Albert Mohler are quite sobering: “Maybe the mission of this school is actually to train up a generation of preachers, missionaries, and evangelists who will be martyrs.”

What Happened to the Young, Restless, and Reformed in the SBC? – Blogger Tim Brister reflects on his journey in ministry as a Calvinist in the SBC and describes where many of his friends are. In my circle of friends in ministry who are Reformed, I see a similar trend. I pray this will be the trajectory of my life in ministry.

20 Ways to Be Refreshing in the Local Church – “It has been my pleasure to serve in the local church with some individuals that are truly “refreshing” to the saints. When you meet them, you know it! They are like an oasis in the midst of a desert. I walk away feeling encouraged, joyful, and spiritually stimulated. Unfortunately, they are an endangered species and much harder to find than should be the case.”

What Christians Should Know About the Ebola Crisis – Ebola is causing widespread fear in the United States and around the world. How should Christians respond to this deadly virus?

Making Sense of the MLB Playoffs – Chicks may dig the long ball, but small ball is king this postseason. Here are few surprising things this year’s MLB playoffs have taught us.

Best Trade in the History in the NFL? – This may surprise you.

Four Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t – Tremendous wisdom from a wonderful preacher and professor, Hershael York. He humorously writes, “Being a preaching professor is like getting paid to tell a mother that her baby is ugly. It might be the truth, but it’s not a truth anyone wants to hear.”

Ebola Fear – Marvin Olasky: “I had a heavy burden of fears and, unlike Pilgrim in John Bunyan’s wonderful tale, I can’t entirely shake that legacy.”

Preaching is War – David Prince: “As we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ today, we would do well to keep the protoevangelium (first gospel) in Genesis 3:15 always in mind. It reminds us that preaching is warfare.”

Religious matters are to be separated from the state…because they are too high and holy and thus are beyond the competence of the state. –Isaac Backus

Morning Mashup 10/10

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Dear Brittany Maynard… – A gracious and moving open letter from one cancer patient to another (Brittany Maynard) who is planning assisted suicide. I was deeply saddened when I read, “Brittany, your life matters, your story matters, and your suffering matters.”

The Walking Dead: Brokenness Will Find You – “Though our dead rest in peace, the world of The Walking Dead echoes our own.”

Stop Calling it Marriage Equality – “I’m asking on what logical grounds can a person argue that gay marriage is okay but polygamy is not—or any other type of marriage?”

Joan or John? – What if a woman who was once a man is sitting under your preaching one Sunday and then desires to follow Jesus? How should this man who is trying to be a woman repent? How would you respond? Russell Moore offers a sobering and gracious answer.

14 Questions to Ask a Pastor Search Committee – I will be filing this away for future reference.

The Genesis of Resurrection Hope – Mitchell Chase with a great paper on elements of the resurrection in Genesis. If you have time, it would benefit your soul to check it out.

I Am Not a Christian Rapper – Check out this Trip Lee interview on BET as he discusses why he prefers to not be called a “Christian rapper.”

An Open Letter to Members of Sovereign Grace Churches – Mark Prater: “On September 22, Maryland’s highest appellate court denied the plaintiffs’ request for the court to review the lower appellate court’s dismissal of the civil lawsuit that was brought against Sovereign Grace in October 2012. The dismissal of this case is a significant moment for everyone involved, and may be the subject of much conversation in and beyond our churches. On behalf of Sovereign Grace’s leadership, there are some thoughts I want to contribute to that discussion.”

Spare the Rod? – An honest, thoughtful, and humble approach to spanking and parental discipline from Mathew Sims.

Why a Good Wife is the Difference Between Success and Failure – “When I am considering men for the ministry these days I am looking more and more at their wives and I am encouraging them to do so.”

It is wiser to acknowledge our ignorance than to reduce divine mysteries to our limited explanations. –John Calvin