Morning Mashup 07/23

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Defending Tony Dungy’s Right to Have an Opinion – Four insightful thoughts about the castigation of Tony Dungy’s “controversial” comments on Michael Sam.

A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’ – Check out this preview of what John Piper’s coming venture Look at the Book is all about. I have been influenced by Piper more than by anyone else and Look at the Book is like a dream come true for me. If you like Piper, you will love Look at the Book. See a glimpse into how Piper traces the augment in 2 Tim. 3:14-17

What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Birth Control’ – This has been my favorite read this month so far. What an important article from Karen Swallow Prior. She is very insightful in her opposition to liberals like Rachel Held Evans on speaking correctly when speaking about birth control. She also raises concerns I have had over why Hobby Lobby did not oppose all forms of hormonal birth control that have abortifacient mechanisms.

A Challenge to Women – Women often feel limited to what kinds of ministries they can or should do in the church. Here is a list of around 80 ministries for women to consider.

How Rory McIlroy Stacks up to Tiger and Jack – Rory McIlroy, at the age of 25, won this past weekends Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. At 25, McIlroy has already won three majors and some are making comparisons to legends like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. This article examines whether such comparisons are accurate.

The Size of LA County – Check out this map to see if your state is smaller than Los Angeles County. More than likely, it is.

Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you. –Tim Keller

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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