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 10/06

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A mashup of six articles I found edifying, informative, interesting, and/or entertaining.

13 Texas Abortion Clinics Closed – Slowly, but surely. I pray these small steps would lead to the eventual eradication of legal abortion.

Saving the Three “E”‘s – Thought-provoking post about living out the Christian faith in the workplace.

Help, I Married the Wrong Person – No, not me. Wait, did my wife post this link?? Anyway, if you have ever thought you have married the wrong person, Courtney Reissig has some words of encouragement for you.

How Should Christians Think About Religious Violence? – Does the violence done by so-called Christians over the course of history excuse the violence done by ISIS? How should Christians respond to the hindrance of historic religious violence that keeps people from believing the gospel? Jonathan Parnell provides some helpful thoughts.

6 Great Reasons to Study Doctrine – Many see no practical relevance to the study of doctrine. TIm Challies takes care of these concerns in this short, yet helpful post.

Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss – Does the BIble give a list of words that we are to avoid? No. However, there are ample biblical reasons to avoid cussing.

Finally, if you missed Lecrae on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, you can see his performance here:

The worst sin that ever happened was in God’s plan, and by that sin, sin died. –John Piper

Morning Mashup 09/12

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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 09/08

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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 08/25

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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

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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 08/20

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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

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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 08/13

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10 articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Happy Wednesday!

When Existence Becomes Seemingly Impossible – Alan Noble with a sobering piece on the reality of mental illness and depression in light of Robin Williams’ suicide. Noble writes, “What I want to say is that life is harder than most of us will let on, and probably the deepest struggles we’ll face will be silent and petty — things like choosing to get out of bed and get dressed. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof, but so too is Christ’s Grace.”

Obituary for Robin Williams – Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times writes this moving obituary for the beloved actor.

A Generation of Pro-Choicers Wiped Out by Abortion – Research observes the trend of an increasing number of pro-lifers as a result of higher fertility among those against abortion.

Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? – Sociologist Mark Regnerus criticizes recent studies suggesting children of same-sex parents fair better than their peers.

Pray Fervently for Iraqis – Russell Moore: “As Christians, we should pray for the president and our military leaders to wisely administer the sword of justice.”

Iraq and the Risks of Inaction – Ross Douthat warns that inaction in Iraq is more perilous than action against ISIS. Douthat writes, “I don’t know exactly what the politics of the Middle East would look like if we shrugged, dropped humanitarian aid, and let ISIS continue its advance. But I’m willing to accept the risks of action, and accept the perils and downsides of continued hegemony, in order to avoid finding out.”

Deacon Run Churches: Are they Biblical? – Many churches are ran by deacons. However, is this a biblical form of church government?  Louis Love, Tony Carter, and Thabiti Anyabwile discuss the offices of elders and deacons in an interview over at The Front Porch.

Warfare Prayer – This is a helpful resource from David Sitton and To Every Tribe to help you more effectively pray for missionaries.

So How Did It Go Sunday? – H.B. Charles Jr with a tremendous piece to help the pastor’s heart following a sermon. He offers five helpful ways to measure the Sunday sermon.

Paul Tripp Resigns Position with Mars Hill BoAA – Tripp offers his reasoning for his decision to sever ties with this board.

Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love. –John Stott

Morning Mashup 08/08

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Links, articles, book deals, and more for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Have a great Friday!

ISIS Systematically Beheading Children – Weep. Mourn. Pray.

A Time to Mourn – Christians aren’t the only ones being persecuted by the ISIS agenda to create a caliphate.

Leaving Ninevah – Historian Philip Jenkins speaks to the historic significance of the religious cleansing in Mosul.

Ebola Case Prompts Criticism – See Denny Burk, Andrew Walker, Russell Moore, and others respond to the criticism of the Ebola crisis from Donald Trump, Ann Coulter, and Ben Carson.

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus…Maybe – Why do some young people make a decision for Christ and then abandon the faith when they go to college? Parker Reardon offers a biblically and theologically sound answer, though you may not like what he says.

How to Keep the Spark Alive – Tim Challies: “Why do married couples have sex? And how can they ensure that they keep enjoying the sexual relationship throughout their marriage?”

4 Moments I’m Preparing Students to Face – I work with the children in my local church and I was helped so much by this article. As I continue to disciple children I will keep these four moments in mind.

Your Wedding is Still Something Worth Wanting – Marshall Segal offers five supernatural reasons to pursue marriage.

PGA Championship Leaderboard Day 1 – Rory is one shot off the lead. Although Westwood is at the front of the pack, all eyes are on the hottest player in the world right now, Mr. McIlroy. Tiger only finished with one birdie and finished at +3, nine strokes back.

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Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung ($1.99)

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Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. –Dallas Willard