Morning Mashup 04/17

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3) | N.T. WRIGHT

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The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus | GARY HABERMAS & MICHAEL LICONA

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CHRIST’S RESURRECTION AND OUR JUSTIFICATION | LIGONIER

R.C. Sproul: How is the resurrection of Christ linked to the idea of justification in the New Testament?

THE EMPTY TOMB POINTS US TO HOME | BLOGGING THEOLOGICALLY

Aaron Armstrong: Whenever we gather together with a body of believers in the area, even as visitors or semi-regular attendees as we’ve been doing over the last several months,1 it reminds us that there’s still one thing that’s the same, even if the faces and songs aren’t. And that doesn’t change for us just because this Sunday happens to be Easter. If anything, it makes this truth more real for me.

HOW DO I LOVE MY UNBELIEVING SPOUSE? | ASK PASTOR JOHN

The key to persevering in a discouraging marriage is hope and faith from God’s word that he can overcome the divide.

FOLLOW THE WOMEN AT THE TOMB | TGC

Kelly Minter: How many times have I looked for life in places where only dead men live? I’ve peered into the tombs of fame and wealth, stepped into caverns where the powerful and popular preside, and carried my offerings to the pleasures of this world, looking for life. And then the whisper that cuts with the tip of a sword slices through: Why are you looking for life here? Look for Jesus. No life is life except the life he gives.

AN EASTER SUNDAY MEDITATION | STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB THEOLOGY

Dane Ortlund: Easter is the promise of final in-breaking light to every pocket of darkness in our lives. Easter is the proven certainty of a sunrise on every self-inflicted sunset. Easter is the promise of reversal. 

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CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED | TGC

 

 

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Morning Mashup 04/05

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love | Gloria Furman

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The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry | Brian & Cara Croft

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The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity | Barnabas Piper

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ARTICLES

The Reformation of FBC Durham | SBTS Equip

North Carolina pastor Andy Davis revitalized his church through verse-by-verse expository preaching.

Thank You, Big Blue Nation | The Player’s Tribune

Malik MonkI haven’t found out yet who the best possible version of myself is — and to be honest, as far as that goes, I think I’m still just scratching the surface. But I’ve found out what the best possible version of myself does: He plays in the NBA.

Does Dating Prepare Us For Marriage–Or Divorce? | Desiring God

Marshall SegalThe common trends in dating today are more likely to prepare you to get divorced than to enjoy and persevere in marriage.

Augustine Today: Why He’s Still Relevant | Christianity Today

Ed StetzerIn this edition of Theology for Life, Ed, Lynn, and Greg Lee discuss why St. Augustine is important to theology today, especially as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

For the Christian Perfectionist | Reformed Margins

Faith ChangWe may be struggling, weak, ashamed, and afraid. But our Father’s love can free us from our perfectionism that we may obey him freely and joyfully in his perfect peace.

Parents, Be Quick to Listen | Forward Progress

Michael Kelley: Today, parents, you and I will all come upon a situation with our kids that needs to be dealt with in some way. Here is where we bring God’s Word to bear – that we fight the pride of assumption and approach that situation with open ears instead.

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Review: A Christ-Centered Wedding

519JWJfMcxLCatherine Strode Parks and Linda Strode. A Christ-Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day. (Nashville: B&H Books, 2014). 256 pp. $12.51

One of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life is the preparation for one of the most joyful experiences in a person’s life. Marriage is an amazing gift of God’s grace in which we have a unique opportunity to tell the story of God’s covenant-keeping love for his people in the sacrificial love of his Son. Weddings are a snapshot of what should be played out over years of marriage. In general, weddings are beautiful. In one sense, it’s kind of hard to mess them up. But, we’ve all seen our fair share of weddings that just leave you shaking your head.

Nothing deflates a wedding service like that moment when you realize the couple planned their wedding to exalt themselves instead of God. However, nothing brings tears to your eyes like that moment when you realize the couple planned their wedding to put the gospel of Jesus Christ on display and exalt the glory of God’s grace and love for his people, the reality to which marriage points.

Wedding preparation is foreign ground for nearly everyone who embarks on the treacherous journey. Most women who plan their wedding only learn about how expensive they are when they are standing in the flower or dress shop. There are a few societal wedding prep laws that guide the whole wedding prep process for many couples, even Christian couples. First, the wedding day belongs to the bride. It’s her day. Family, friends, photographers, caterers, planners, and the random guy at Starbucks had better cater to the bride’s every whim without complaint because, well, it’s her day!

The second wedding prep law, which flows from the first, is that parents of the bride must spare no expense. Thousands upon thousands of dollars are spent on a 30-minute ceremony and a reception. Many parents go for broke for a few hours of eating, drinking, and dancing.

So, where does the Christian couple begin in the process of planning a wedding that doesn’t follow these wedding prep laws, but instead seeks to put Christ at the center of the wedding? Catherine Strode Parks and Linda Stode seek to answer this question in A Christ-Centered Wedding.

Serving as a helpful guide on the entire wedding prep process, A Christ-Centered Wedding shows couples, particularly brides, how to navigate the treacherous waters of dress shopping, registries, parties, ceremony planning, rehearsal, and reception. From the perspective of a mother-daughter, the authors give their own experiences in wedding planning. But, the ultimate goal of A Christ-Centered Wedding isn’t to provide a litany of tips, but instead to promote a vision of putting Christ at the center of both wedding and marriage. And they desire for the wedding prep process to be joyful and God-honoring, not miserable and God-awful. They write,

Marriage is one of God’s good gifts. It is a blessing to all of creation, and it’s a beautiful picture of Christ’s relationship with the church. Before you can experience the joy of this gift, though, you need to get through the wedding, and the wedding planning. This can be either an uplifting, encouraging experience or a frustrating exercise in trying to please everyone and failing. Many times it’s a combination of the two.

There are many books dedicating to helping couples exalt Christ in their marriage, but Parks and Strode seek to help couples exalt Christ on the wedding day itself. The greatest aspect of A Christ-Centered Wedding is the dual impact of theology and practice. Their theological explanation of the gospel and marriage is satisfying. The first three chapters are biblical meditations on the definition and purpose of marriage, which provides a biblical basis from which to make practical applications. Their basic argument is that since Christ is the center of marriage, he should be the center of the wedding.

But this book isn’t just filled with theological truth. It is also filled with rich practical instruction. When I was helping my sister and her husband plan their wedding, the goal was to plan their wedding to be as God-centered as possible. My goal as the officiant of their wedding was to honor God and honor them while exalting Christ as the center of their wedding. We used many specific practical instructions from A Christ-Centered Wedding in the process of planning their wedding.

The authors provide a plethora of creative and helpful ideas for every aspect of wedding prep from engagement all the way to the end of the reception. In each step of the wedding planning process, the ultimate question the authors ask and answer is, “How does this decision honor Christ and show him to be central to our wedding and marriage?”

I highly commend A Christ-Centered Wedding to any engaged couple in the wedding planning process. It’s also a helpful resource for pastors to use in a premarital counseling setting. Readers will leave with a higher view of marriage, the gospel, and the rightful place of Christ in a wedding–front and center.


I received this book from B&H Books. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.


Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is the author of Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (Westbow Press, 2016). He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew is married to his high school sweetheart, Erica. Mathew and Erica live in Tupelo with their son, Jude. You can follow him on Twitter @mat_gilbert.

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 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 06/03

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


KINDLE DEALS

ARTICLES

Fearfully and Autistically Made | Valerie Dunham

“In my experience, autism isn’t simply the narrowing of relationships to people and the outside world; it is the altering of relationships to people and the outside world. Perhaps that’s something that needs to be accepted, not cured.”

Embracing Liturgy in a Digital Age | David Roark

“As we embrace the liturgical practices of centuries past, I fear we’ll forget we live in the 21st century. When used discerningly, today’s technological innovations can both bolster our discipleship efforts and provide new platforms from which we can proclaim and embody the gospel.”

My Husband Doesn’t Put the Kids to Bed, And It’s Really Okay | Melissa Edington

“During the course of our seventeen years of marriage, my responsibilities and Chad’s have shifted and changed. In life, you adapt to your current circumstances, and marriages have to adapt as well.”

Evangelical Leaders: Tell Us to Vote for Clinton | Nick Rodriguez

An interesting perspective with which I’m inclined to disagree. Yet, it’s important to consider. Whether you agree or not, the motivation is valid.

5 Reasons to Read Missionary Biographies to Your Children | Christina Fox

“One evening, I was reading a different genre than usual. As I neared the end of the book, my eyes started to burn. I blinked and my vision blurred. Before I knew it, tears were streaming down my face. This was unusual for story time. I turned to my son, handed him the book, and whispered, “Can you finish, please?” He took over reading for me while I sat there in tears. We were reading a biography of Nate Saint.”

My Carefully Considered Views on the Upcoming Presidential Election | Alan Jacobs

“The Republican capitulation to Trump — complete with rhetorical reversals, especially on the part of Marco Rubio, that rival or perhaps even exceed any Trumpian schizo-inversions — marks the end of that party as a coherent and non-laughable body. If I were thirty I could imagine its renewal in my lifetime. I haven’t been thirty for a loooong time. So long, GOP. It was sucky knowing you.”

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Morning Mashup 06/01

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


KINDLE DEALS

God Took Me by the Hand: A Story of God’s Unusual Providence | Jerry Bridges | $1.99

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ARTICLES

10 Ways to Grow Your Marriage While Having Young Kids | Gavin Ortlund

“After my walk with Christ, nothing should take a higher priority in my life than cultivating intimacy and friendship with my wife—not even being a dad. In fact, I know I can’t be the dad God calls me to be unless my marriage is strong. Here are some strategies we’ve reflected on that might be helpful to other young parents in a similar season of life.”

4 Things I Learned About Work from a Peewee Soccer Team | Barnabas Piper

“Over the course of the season, though, I began to notice a few things that consistently occurred that turned the outcome of every game. Each of them is directly applicable to your work and mine.”

Seven Ways to Improve Your Preaching | Kevin DeYoung

“Below are seven practical ways we can improve our preaching. And please note: I deliberately use the words “we” and “our,” because I’m thinking of my sermons as much as anyone’s. These suggestions are things I continue to work on as a preacher, sometimes with success and often with less progress than I would like.”

The Unbusy Pastor | Eugene Peterson

“The word busy is a symptom not of commitment but of betrayal.”

What If Your Kids’ Sports Teams Interfere With the Church Schedule? | Interview with David Prince

Russell Moore: “In this episode of Signposts I talk with my friend, pastor David Prince, about what Christian families can do to maintain healthy priorities when it comes to church and sports.”

What Does it Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain? | Iain Campbell

“By naming Himself, God not only discloses who He is, but He does so in such a way that we might know Him personally. To live by the terms of the third commandment is to recognize and confess that God deserves the highest honor; that He has singled us out by putting His name on us; that we would be entirely lost were it not that for the sake of His name He keeps and protects us; and that He calls us to live after the example of Jesus, glorifying God on earth. We are the bearers of the name of God; may all our conduct show it.”

Know When to Walk Away | Tony Reinke

“How do we push back against the urge to tap the social media icon on our phones and jump into the slot machine of digital randomness, all served up fresh and sugary, moment by moment, to the eyes? Here are twelve steps.”

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Dads Should Be Exhausted | Matt Chandler (HT: Communicate Jesus)

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 09/30

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A Quick and Easy Guide to the Planned Parenthood Videos – Shameful silence from the mainstream media. Mollie Hemingway helps them do their jobs.

I Don’t Want Your Good Vibes. I Want Prayer. – Megan Hill: “There’s no substitute for our communion with the Father.”

Speak for the Unborn Leader Pleads for Life – Great look at the work of Andrew King and Speak for the Unborn.

Every Living Thing Matters – “The Every Living Thing Campaign invites Christians to celebrate the wonder and beauty of God’s creation and commit to compassionate living by signing the Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals.”

Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion – Ross Douthat: “There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts.”

Pope Francis Met Privately with Kim Davis – “The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.”

Chipotle Church and the Problem of Choice – Brett McCracken: “Imagine if God were as fickle and restless as we are. But he isn’t. God’s covenant faithfulness to his people, even when the relationship is messy and embarrassing, should be instructive to us. A healthy relationship with the local church is like a healthy marriage: it only works when grounded in selfless commitment and non-consumerist covenant.”

When You Get Home…? – Consider asking your spouse what they want in those first few minutes you get home from work.

4 Tips for Using a Study Bible Well – Helpful article from Justin Taylor. If you use a study Bible, be sure to check it out.


If a preacher isn’t first preaching to himself, better that he falls on the pulpit steps and breaks his neck than preach that sermon. –John Calvin