Morning Mashup 10/08

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Vicar of Baghdad Unarmed on the Front Lines – “While the genocide aimed at Christians does not approach the scale of what the Nazis aimed at Europe’s Jews, there are some sobering parallels between each of these assaults upon the innocent.”

Lead in Dating Your Wife – “The easiest way to consistently study your wife and examine your marriage is to lead in routinely dating your wife.”

52 Colorized Historical Photos – These are just plain awesome.

What Does Baseball Have to Do With Fatherhood? – A beautifully written piece from David Prince on fatherhood and baseball.

Facing the Music with Jennifer Knapp – Former Christian musician who recently “came out” has written a book and Trevin Wax offers sobering thoughts on her new work.

The Defense of Marriage Isn’t Over – “Rather than a single Roe v. Wade of marriage, where the Supreme Court would redefine marriage across the nation, the Court, by refusing to hear any of the marriage cases, has allowed lower federal courts to disregard the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected representatives to make good marriage policy.”

Squeezing Persecution – “If the goal of persecution is to silence witness, then it could be said that squeezing is often more effective than beating and imprisonment, because more overt hostility can sometimes serve as a megaphone for Christ.”

Whoever brings an affliction to us, it is God that sends it. –Thomas Watson

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Morning Mashup 09/08

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Truett Cathy Dies at 93 – Founder of Chick-fil-a and Baptist layman, Truett Cathy died early this morning.

California State Universities Ban a Christian Ministry – On 23 California state university campuses, InterVarsity is officially “derecognized.”

5 Thoughts on the Cal State System Derecognizing InterVarsity – Owen Strachan: “IVCF is by no means the only voice on the quad, but it is a key one, and other Bible-believing outfits will suffer a similar fate.”

Iraqi Christians in US Watching ISIS Perform ‘Slow-Motion’ Genocide – “The recent atrocities visited upon Iraqi Christians by ISIS are nothing remotely new. All that is new is an awareness of them outside the Chaldean-American enclaves of San Diego and metropolitan Detroit.”

Baseball in September – “There is something wonderfully Christian about September, especially baseball in September.”

A Tale of Two Mars Hills – Wonderful comparison of Rob Bell’s Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill, and their differing, yet similar falls from ministry.

How Do I Train My Children to Have a Biblical Worldview? – “One crucial aspect of discipling our children is simply helping them to see all of life in light of God’s glory and God’s story.”

Japan’s Surrender and a Protestant Ethos – “An Episcopalian, [General MacArthur] was not always a regular church goer, preferring to work on Sundays. But he was masterful in his deployment of Christian imagery as he practiced the priestcraft of American civil religion.”

Atlanta Hawks Owner to Sell Team – Bruce Levenson will sell team after sending “racially insensitive remarks” in an e-mail.

NFL Scores Week 1 – The 2014 NFL season kicked off last Thursday with the majority of games being played yesterday. Check out the scores and see how your Super Bowl predictions are shaping up.

If I have been able to see farther than others, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants. —Isaac Newton

Morning Mashup 08/22

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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 08/18

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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

Morning Mashup 08/06

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Might as Well Call Jesus the ‘Daughter of God’ – Jared Wilson: “The progressive evangeliwhatchamacalits seem to think they can mess with the revelation of the nature of our relational God without messing with the revelation of the nature of his Son.”

Caring for the Anxious Pastor-in-Waiting – Dave Harvey gives poignant and comforting counsel to men who have surrendered to the ministry, but are waiting for ministry opportunities. This article eased my own soul.

8 Ways the Enemy Attacks Churches – Chuck Lawless: “I have studied spiritual warfare for more than twenty years. During most of that time, I’ve also worked as a church consultant. I’ve learned these two worlds often collide: churches fail to recognize the schemes of a real enemy, and they have no plan to respond. Here are some of the primary ways I’ve seen the enemy attack churches:”

Iraq’s Christians Need Our Help – Clearly, Iraqi Christians need help. Here are ways they need it most.

Christian Family of Eight Murdered Next to Open Bible in Iraq – They would not convert, so they were killed next to their open Bible. Come, Lord Jesus.

Cultural Disintegration and the Revival of a Moral Imagination – Joe Rigney: “[W]e must always endeavor to winsomely wage culture war, to fight as those whose feet are firmly planted on a Rock that is unshaken by Gallup polls, HHS mandates, or Supreme Court decisions.”

Cultural Engagement – Russell Moore: “Knowing Andy Griffith episodes or Coldplay lyrics might be important avenues for talking about kingdom matters, but let’s not kid ourselves. We connect with sinners in the same way Christians always have: by telling an awfully freakish-sounding story about a man who was dead, and isn’t anymore, but whom we’ll all meet face-to-face in judgment.”

Can One Believe in Jesus But Not Believe in Adam? – Contrary to the theological liberal trend and the growing number of so-called conservative theologians, the answer is still “No.” Check out pastor Andrew Dyer’s brief thoughts on the vitality of a historical Adam.

6 Tips for Small Group Discussion – Matt Capps: “Leading a meaningful conversation that engages the hearts and minds of people takes practice. But healthy discussion can be the difference between people going to a group and growing through a group. A life-changing discussion has the following characteristics.”

What Gathered Worship Should Look Like – Ligon Duncan: “Worship is not evangelism, but our worship services should always have the free offer of the Gospel in mind, and if we are God-centered and Bible-directed we will be evangelistic.”

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. –Winston Churchill

Morning Mashup 08/04

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Aborting in the Name of Jesus – Russell Moore comments on a doctor who performs abortions because “Jesus wants him to.”

‘The Briefing’ is Back! – SBTS president Al Mohler returns with a new edition of The Briefing. He addresses the Ebola outbreak and IRS agreement to review Christian worship.

Mark Driscoll Apologizes for Crude Comments as ‘William Wallace II’ – Another Driscoll controversy. Another sad development. Another apology. Continuing to pray for Driscoll and those in Mars Hill churches.

Iraqi Christians’ Nightmare – Kirsten Powers: “Mosul’s Christians have fled to Kurdistan, which is providing refuge. Going back to Mosul is not an option: ISIS has given their houses and businesses away. There is nothing to go back to even if ISIS left.”

The Health Benefits of Trees – If this is true, my wife and I are set! The Atlantic reports: “They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—not to mention their psychological effects. New research says the closer you can live to trees, the better off you are.”

Staying With Greek for the Long Haul – Learning Greek for the first time is a battle, but a very fruitful fight. The real struggle comes in the years following seminary. Once we leave the classroom, how can we make the study of biblical Greek a part of our lives? These New Testament scholars offer five insightful suggestions.

Was the American Revolution Sinful? – Does the American Revolution fit well with the Pauline principles of submission to government in Romans 13?

Stumbling Into the Future – Tim Keesee: “So we know what we don’t know, but what, as Christians, do we know? Here are four certainties with which to face the uncertainties of the next year — and the next 100 years.”

Invincibility Streak Ends for USA Basketball – Paul George’s gruesome injury will no doubt change the future of USA basketball. At minimum, NBA owners and executives will increasingly object to their players playing for their country in the summer. At most, even more of the NBA’s best will hold out from international competition. I hope it is limited to the former.

Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. –J.R.R. Tolkien