Morning Mashup 08/29

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength | J.I. Packer | $3.99

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Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging | J.I. Packer | $3.99

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Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace | Michael Beates | $2.99

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ARTICLES

On David Gushee’s Dishonesty | Jake Meador

In Gushee’s world, no one is acting to promote a certain social agenda premised on redefining marriage and transforming sexual ethics into an exclusively consent-based system. It’s just happening like magic. Because #history.

Attention Students, Put Your Laptops Away | NPR

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster — which comes in handy when there’s a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way.

Christianity and the American Founding | Thomas Kidd

 For all of our arguments about religion’s role in the American Founding, we may not have considered the possibility that the Christianity of the American Founding could have produced watered-down “bad religion.”

Why Men and Women Are Not Equal | Glenn Stanton

Man and woman are not equal. He owes what he is to her. That is hardly her only power, but it is among her most formidable. Christianity has always known this. The Savior of the world chose to come to us through a wife and mother.

The Beautiful Gift of Gospel Community | Brandon Smart

It’s a gift that we even have someone to share our lives with. It’s a gift that we can confess sin and met with grace and restoration. It’s a gift to be able to look at your brothers and sisters and with tear filled eyes say “I’m not okay” and have them love us well enough to shower us with the gospel.

Welcome to the Big Time | ESPN

The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.

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Morning Mashup 08/22

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ | Matt Papa | $2.99

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Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View | Garry Friesen | $1.99

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ARTICLES

Six Things a Godly Dad Does | Scott Slayton

Our oldest daughter just celebrated her eleventh birthday, so I have now been a parent for over a quarter of my life. There have been sins, mistakes, wins and growth as we seek to raise our four children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. I have ransacked the Bible, read books, watched other godly men, and asked them lots of questions as I have sought to discover the answer to the question, “what does a godly dad do?”

Leadership in the Church | Doctrine and Devotion

Joe and Jimmy talk about the realities and responsibilities of church leadership. Very helpful for anyone considering a call to ministry.

The 3 Minor Prophets Who Wrecked Me | Trevin Wax

In my time as editor, however, I’ve grown to love the Minor Prophets, all sandwiched together at the end of the Old Testament. There are three in particular who, I would say, have “wrecked me” – in a good way, in a powerful way in which I felt the refreshing shower of God’s grace.

Do You Pray Like a Non-Believer? | John Piper

It is possible that nominal Christians learn the language of true, Christ-exalting, God-centered, sin-confessing, Spirit-dependent, promise-trusting, holiness-pursuing prayer. But I have found that it is rare for those with little love to Christ to pray as though they love him and his kingdom.

Learning to Do Less So Parents in Your Church Can Do More | Timothy Paul Jones

When it comes to our children, we might ask a similar question: What does it profit your child to gain a baseball scholarship and yet never experience consistent prayer and devotional times with his parents? What will it profit my child to succeed as a ballet dancer and yet never know the rhythms of a home where we are willing to release any dream at any moment if we become too busy to disciple one another? What will it profit the children all around us in our churches to be accepted into the finest colleges and yet never leverage their lives for the sake of proclaiming the gospel to the nations? What will it profit pastors to lead the largest churches with the greatest discipleship programs if they don’t disciple their own households?

With Love, Your Single Daughter | Rachel Dinkledine

At first I thought of writing you a letter of apology–an apology for not fulfilling your dreams, for not giving you a son-in-law, and for leaving you grandchildless. However, an apology implies I have the ability to change the story. And, at this moment, I don’t. So instead, I want to say “thank you.”

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Morning Mashup 08/16

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


KINDLE DEALS

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry, Updated and Expanded Edition | John Piper | $0.99

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Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word | George Guthrie | $2.99

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The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected | Nik Ripken | $0.99

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The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places | Nik Ripken | $0.99

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ARTICLES

Greater Than Gold | David Boudia

The thought of another Olympics and the potential aftermath intimidates me a little. I’ve walked through the challenges that came in the aftermath of a gold medal in London, and I know how easy it is to believe the lies that come with such exposure. I understand now, however, what to expect if God chooses to put me in the position to win gold again. I hope you’ve encountered something in my story that connects to your life and your circumstances. Allow me to leave you with a few final encouragements that God has revealed to me and that have been beneficial to my walk…

The Watchmen | Alan Jacobs

Excellent essay on Christian intellectuals.

The Value of Marrying Young | Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler explains how our culture devalues marriage and why young people delay matrimony. He encourages Christians to avoid this societal trend by marrying young and pursuing adulthood as a couple.

Read Books of the Bible in One Sitting | Andy Naselli

Here’s my latest ally for why you should read books of the Bible in one sitting…

Your Church is Not Your Platform | Timothy Paul Jones

It is a privilege to lead the people of God—but the privilege of being a leader of God’s people never transforms the people into the leader’s property. 

The One Really Good Reason I Serve in Children’s Ministry | Aaron Armstrong

I serve in children’s ministry because I get to teach kids the Bible and be a part of making disciples. Children’s ministry is not (or shouldn’t be) the church’s babysitting ministry. It’s not telling nice stories where you’re a David or a Daniel. It is intentional evangelism and discipleship.

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Morning Mashup 07/26

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


KINDLE DEALS

The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931 | $1.99

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Life Together (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works) | $3.99

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ARTICLES

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death? | Karen Swallow Prior

When a reality that exists only inside our head—or our handheld devices—collides with the material, tangible world, we are entering the hyperreal.

Are Christian Colleges Better at Intellectual Diversity? | Thomas Kidd

No educational institution can be purely unbiased, or offer absolute ideological balance in their classes. And like many secular institutions, many Christian colleges need to attend to issues like ethnic diversity on their faculty. But I wonder: in an age where elites say they value diversity more than anything, are Christian schools often the most diverse at the level of ideas?

I Can No Longer Stay Silent | Michael Jordan

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

Putin’s Party? | Bill Kristol

Donald J. Trump is the presidential nominee of the Republican party. But that does not absolve every Republican office holder, donor, and activist from the responsibility of satisfying himself that it is right to support that nominee for president. There are, in my judgment, many reasons to doubt this is the case. But one reason in particular hasn’t received sufficient consideration: The fact that Trump and his top campaign aide have many troubling connections with Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Dems Need to Reverse Moral Misstep on Abortion | Russell Moore

As taxpayers, our money goes toward all kinds of things we do not personally support. It is part of living in a pluralistic society. Even so, for 40 years, our government and our people have decided to respect abortion as a unique moral issue. The Democrats should reverse course and remove opposition to Hyde from their platform. Wherever you stand on abortion, forcing people to pay for it can’t be good for Democrats, or for democracy.

In Sickness and Health | Andrew Walker

A beautiful testament to true covenant love in marriage.

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Classic Don Carson

 

Michelle Obama’s Speech at DNC 2016

I disagree with many Democratic policies, but this speech reflects the kind of decency we all should want in American politics

Morning Mashup 05/25

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


KINDLE DEALS

Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions | Sam Storms | $4.99

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Jesus, the Only Way to God: Must You Hear the Gospel to be Saved? | John Piper | $0.99

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The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places | Nik Ripken | $0.99

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ARTICLES

3 Priorities for Christian Parents | Tim Challies

“How can [our children] live lives that are pleasing to God? Isn’t that the dream and desire of every Christian parent, that their children will live lives that thrill God?

Seven Ways Church Outreach Has Changed in 15 Years | Thom Rainer

“Thousands of churches are doing some type of outreach to their communities and beyond. But the times have definitely changed. Here are seven of the most common changes in church outreach practices over the past one to two decades.”

How Do My Unbaptized Children Relate to the New Covenant Promises | John Piper

“We view [our children] as little pilgrims in hope on the way to faith, woven into the fabric of relationships in the family and the church. And we have nothing to be ashamed of in this relationship with our children. It is every bit as hopeful for a good outcome of eternal covenant membership as any other way of viewing children.”

We Are Not Entitled to the World’s Respect | David Mathis

Winning arguments is not the same as winning souls. Very few, if any, have lost a quarrel and found themselves converted. But we all know the impulse deep down, when engaging with unbelief, to lash out in an effort to show ourselves right rather than win the unbeliever.

Helping Rural America in Crisis | Kyle Borg

As a pastor in rural America these questions resonate deeply with me. It is well documented that small town America rarely looks like Mayberry, and a lot like “Methland.” The crisis we witness in these areas is a crisis for the church. After all, hopelessness, despair, and depression can only be interpreted, mitigated, and worked through by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tasting the Pleasures of God’s Presence | Zack Eswine

“Fellow ministry leaders, you might feel a long way from home. This idea that a pleasure can be found with God might seem scary or too far gone. The son of David, Jesus, invites you to take a step with him today. Non-trite, non-sentimental but gorgeous and true pleasures haven’t quit in the world. God has seen to it.”

What Dietrich Bonhoeffer Preached on Memorial Day | Trevin Wax

“What should a preacher communicate on a day that memorialized the Germans who died in the first world war? What words would be appropriate, or more importantly, Christian?

VIDEOS

Russell Westbrook Scores 16 Pts in 2nd Qtr | NBA on Youtube
Chewbacca Mom is Winning the Internet | The Late Late Show With James Corden

Morning Mashup 05/19

 

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


KINDLE DEALS

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson ($1.99)

 

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick ($1.99)

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I. Packer ($1.99)

The God Who Justifies by James White ($3.99)

ARTICLES

Sex, Hookups, and God – Jarvis Williams urges both men and women to pursue sexual purity for the glory of God and their own joy.

Why I Am Not an Atheist – This series looks promising.

Life’s Not Fair, So Win and Lose Well – Barnabas Piper: “Fair has become equity in the finish instead of equity in the process. This perspective says a reward is due just for showing up, not because it’s earned. It cheapens real rewards for actual successes, and as it creeps into different areas of life, it undermines valuable assets such as hard work or giftedness.

Five Signs Your Church Has Gone Too Far With Marketing – Jonathan Howe with a helpful list of examples of going too far in church marketing.

The Wonder of Waking Up to an Ordinary Day – Trevin Wax shares a letter written by G.K. Chesterton whose writing can make any ordinary day extraordinary.

Gandalf, Job, and the Indignant Love of God – He had me at Gandalf.

Do We Sing Jesus Christ’s Name in the Psalter? | Travis Fentiman, Reformed Books Online – Travis Fentiman: “The Psalter has often been valued less than it should as a manual for sung praise because it is claimed that we do not sing Jesus Christ’s personal name in it . . . This claim also happens to be false; we do sing Jesus Christ’s personal name throughout the Psalter, which will be overwhelmingly shown.”

10 Ways to Love Your Spouse Today – Super practical. I’ll be using some of these today.

Amy Carmichael: Unconditionally Surrendered to her Beloved King – Jani Ortlund on Amy Carmichael: “We are saved to serve. She lived out that theme until her death.”

Our Respectable Sin – One word: laziness.

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Morning Mashup 04/04

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


BOOK DEALS

Glory Hunger by J.R. Vassar ($2.99)

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What’s In the Bible? by R.C. Sproul and Robert Wolgemuth ($1.99)

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True Friendship by Vaughn Roberts ($2.99)

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ARTICLES

10 Symptoms of Legalism – Very diagnostic of the self-sufficient human heart.

Beneath the Evangelical Earthquake – Paul Carter on the word “evangelical” and the future of evangelicalism.

18 Things to Pray for Your Church – Jonathan Leeman suggests 18 biblical prayers for your church. Would you pray for your church today?

Discipling Teen Girls – Kristen Hatton: “One of the beauties of discipleship is the front row seat to the work of Christ in the lives of the ones he has given you as an instrument to serve. Go be blessed by investing yourself in the timeless truths of God’s word for his people!”

Imagine Your Children Are Black – Amy Medina writes a compelling post on race and paying attention to the experiences of minorities.

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids at Church – I’m thankful we are doing these and more to promote safety in the children’s ministry at Trace Crossing.

Should I Be Concerned If My Pastor Uses Pre-Made Sermons? – I couldn’t agree more, Pastor John.

How Do You Know When You Are Ready to Shepherd? – Man, this is helpful for any young pastor or seminarian.

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Don Whitney discusses his new book on family worship with Justin Taylor.


Dowden Quote

 

“God’s clouds shouldn’t speak louder and clearer than his children.” – Landon Dowden

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.

Finally, Amazon’s Big Deal is back and there are some awesome Kindle deals available:

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

The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places by Nik Ripken ($2.99)

Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes ($1.99)

When I Don’t Desire God and Bloodlines by John Piper (both $1.99)

The Promises of God by R.C. Sproul ($0.99)

Transformational Discipleship by Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley, and Philip Nation ($1.99)

What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert ($1.99)

What Every Christian Ought to Know by Adrian Rogers ($1.99)

Doxology and Theology by Matt Boswell ($1.99)

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