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.

VIDEOS

HT: Kevin DeYoung

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Morning Mashup 07/25

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


KINDLE DEALS

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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ARTICLES

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.

VIDEOS

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 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 11/14

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“If Only…” Christianity – Casey McCall: “‘If only…’ Christianity is the belief that there’s some point in the future when all of one’s life circumstances will finally become ideal in enabling him or her to live faithfully for Christ. It’s a view of life with a future focus, but it’s not the type of future focus that is rooted in the kingdom of Christ.”

4 Dangers for Complementarians – Gavin Ortlund: “Of course, many people will disagree with complementarianism—often quite vehemently—no matter what we say or do. But the truth is offensive enough without our help. We don’t need to add to its offense with our own faults and foibles. I therefore list four dangers to which we should be particularly sensitive, even while we stand firm in the face of pressure from our more aggressive critic.”

Not that Kind of Homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung: “The revisionist case can take many forms, but central to most of them is the ‘not that kind of homosexuality!’ argument. We can safely set aside the scriptural prohibitions against homosexual behavior because we are comparing apples and oranges: we are talking in our day about committed, consensual, lifelong partnerships, something the biblical authors in their day knew nothing about. Despite its superficial plausibility, there are at least two major problems with this line of thinking.”

Rand Paul and Pacifism – Slightly surprised at Sen. Paul’s pacifism, yet it creates interesting possibilities for 2016.

Emmanuel Encounter – “The problem of the church is not ‘non-church going’ people but non-going churches.” Check out this exciting new movement.

Timeline of Biblical Inerrancy – Interesting timeline of biblical inerrancy.

Essential Southernisms Any Yankee in the South Should Know – You can’t survive in the South without knowing at least these twelve Southernisms.

We are not saved by our understanding…We are saved in spite of our ignorance. –D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

Morning Mashup 10/29

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The Royals forced Game 7. The NBA is back. The Cowboys lost to the Redskins. My wife and I are back from the beach. All is right with the world. As I was watching a perfect kickoff to the NBA season in the form of the Spurs vs. Mavs, I compiled for you some excellent articles ranging from the state of theology in America to the World Series to ex-gay therapy to the college football playoff. Take time to engage with each of these articles. I know they will bless you or encourage you or mildly entertain you. Whatever the case, enjoy your Wednesday!


5 Ways to Experience Christian Growth – Phillip Holmes offers five ways to truly experience Christian growth.

The State of Theology – An interesting and informative infographic produced by Ligonier as the result of a survey that has “helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.”

Marriage and Pre-martial Sex – “Being unable to find a potential spouse who allows for or even agrees with one’s Christian sexual mores is not at all an unknown trial.”

Russell Moore Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy – Moore: “The idea that one is simply the sum of one’s sexual identity is something that is psychologically harmful ultimately…And I think also we have a situation where gay and lesbian people have been treated really, really badly.”

The Unexpected Sacrifices of the Mission Field – Jason Carter: “We have missed our extended family – grandparents, aunt & uncles and cousins. We have experienced attempted break-ins to our house at night. Our car has been vandalized. Malaria has visited our family multiple times. While the joys abound, the challenges are manifold. Yet it has often been the unexpected challenges of the mission field that surprise me the most.”

It’s All About the Fundamentals – Barnabas Piper expresses my exact thoughts and feelings about what it takes to thrive in both the Christian life and sports.

Don’t Be Fooled By the Knicks – Stephen A. Smith breaks down the NBA Eastern Conference and the state of the new-look New York Knicks.

Royals Force Game 7 – Here is a recap of the Royals rout of the Giants in Game 6. What a classic World Series this has been! I’m not crazy about either team, but I would kind of like to see the Royals finish the dream.

College Football Playoff Rankings – The first ever edition of the college football playoff rankings is officially out. And the SEC West dominates it.

So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust. –Burk Parsons

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 09/29

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How Lecrae Mixed Rap and Theology to Find Huge , Mainstream Success – Lecrae: “We’re the Gideons, we’re the Davids. Even Jesus himself made himself of no reputation. It’s when you can link it back to God doing it, I think that’s what he loves. He’s not a megalomaniac, he’s deserving of glory and honor, and to use individuals that demonstrate that it was him, and him alone, it accomplishes his mission and that’s success.”

Is Divorce Equivalent to Homosexuality? – An awesome question with an equally awesome answer from Russell Moore.

“Traditional” Baptists and Calvinism – Southern Baptists argue about Calvinism and its place in Baptist theology. But some go so far as to claim “free will” as the traditional view of salvation in the SBC. Thomas Kidd is very helpful to hash out this matter. He writes, “It is one thing for Baptist non-Calvinists to argue that theirs is the biblical position on soteriology. But it is another thing to claim the ‘traditional’ label for free will.”

10 Historical Myths About World Christianity – “In the first meeting of the postgraduate World Christianity course ‘Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity’ held on 15 September 2014, Professor Brian Stanley presented what he perceives as the top ten historical myths about World Christianity.”

Jameis Winston Has “Embarrassed” His Hometown – A local resident says, “His parents haven’t held him accountable, his coaches haven’t and the police in Tallahassee haven’t. I feel bad for him. I pray for him. Because so many people who are supposed to be leaders are failing Jameis.”

Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible – Jonathan Parnell makes three observations that we must remember before we open the pages of our Bibles.

Read one thinker and you become a clone. Read two and you become confused. Read a hundred and you start to become wise. –Tim Keller

Morning Mashup 09/26

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Raising Your Children in an Age of Increasing Persecution – “My husband and I have always known that we were going to need to prepare our children for resistance to the Christian faith, but we had wrongly assumed that it would be with regards to bold evangelizing when they were older.”

To Substitute Another Thirst – Wesley Hill is such an important voice on this issue: “We—I count myself among them—can speak of celibacy as a faithful path for gay Christians in such sunny, sanguine terms that one might think salvation comes by saying no to gay sex rather than by the mediation of Christ.”

How Can Christians Tell the Difference Between a Spiritual Issue and a Physical One? – A quick and helpful response from Heath Lambert.

Are Pro-Spanking Christians Feckless or Faithful? – David Prince responds to Jonathan Merrit’s critique of Prince’s initial response to Merrit’s initial critique of Christian parents who spank…Huh?…Just check it out.

Finally, the Captain spends his last night on the field in the Bronx in the only way he knows how. Derek Jeter’s walk-off was nothing short of beautiful. The script could not have been written any better!

If you want Jesus, it is because he wants you. Contrary to critical distortions, the doctrine of election is the heart of assurance. –Jared Wilson

Morning Mashup 09/17

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Spanking, Abuse, and Modern Families – Dave Miller exposes the biblical call for parents to discipline their children and the striking difference between spanking and abuse. This should help in thinking through Adrian Peterson’s actions.

Was Richard Dawkins Right? – In Romans 8:28, “All things really means all things, including disabilities and genetic anomalies that will lead to much pain and suffering.”

Why Can’t Men Be Friends? – An open, honest, and important article from Wesley Hill on the absence of and the need for male friendship.

Survey Says Churches Are More Racially Diverse and Open to Homosexual Members – Joe Carter examines this recent trend.

Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis – Albert Mohler: “The sexuality crisis has demonstrated the failure of theological method on the part of many pastors.”

Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday? – An excellent explanation from Daniel Hyde.

Another Novelist to Consider Reading – Kevin DeYoung recommends the reading of an author I have never heard of. After reading this post, I am heading over to Amazon to purchase a new book.

Christians Arrested at a Prayer Meeting in Saudi Arabia – Pray for these brothers and sisters.

Are They Really Worshipping God? – An important reminder that though kids may be singing, worship is much more than physical expression.

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress – “At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.”

25 Brilliant “No Trespassing” Signs – Some of these are hilarious. Some are just disturbing. All of them I’d love to see someone test…or not.

God’s chief end is his glory, and he made us to find our highest joy in hallowing his name. –J.I. Packer

Morning Mashup 06/11

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Think Before You Post – Much wisdom in this blog post on blog posts. Before you tweet, post, publish, email, or even send a text today, check out these social media guidelines from blogger Kevin DeYoung. As a blogger, this was especially helpful to me.

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Public Schooling – Tim Challies on the dilemma of whether Christian parents should send their children to public school. While Christians line up on both sides of this debate, Challies represents in this article the position that public school is a viable option for Christian parents to consider.

The “Sacrament” of Suffering – Here is a unique perspective on suffering offered by Thabiti Anyabwile which I found compelling and helpful.

How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing? – This perplexing passage (1 Tim. 2:15) will make you want to pull your hair out. There are many interpretations given. Here is one offered by John Piper, which originally came from British Anglican scholar, Henry Alford. It is worth your consideration.

Committed to Marriage, Committed to the Church – This article is particularly helpful for young married couples. Commitment to one another in marriage should lead to deeper commitment to the local church.

Michael Sam and First Take: Maybe Tolerance Goes Both Ways – I agree with Jon Akin’s reflections on ESPN’s First Take. It has become my favorite sports podcast and is the only one I listen to daily.

The Future of Evangelical Reflection on Same-Sex Orientation – Denny Burk reflects on Matthew Vines’ reflections on Sam Alberry’s reflections on Matthew Vines’ book God and the Gay Christian. Yeah, just check it out. All of this discussion over same-sex orientation, behavior, and relationships is much-needed. I’m glad these discussions are taking place.

Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunites – “Gosh!”  The cast from “Napoleon Dynamite” reunites to unveil a statue to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the film that made awkward humor fanatics go wild.

Misplaced affections need to be replaced by the far greater power of the affection of the gospel. –Thomas Chalmers