Morning Mashup 04/10

Morning Mashup

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


This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel | TREVIN WAX



12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You | TONY REINKE




Michael Kruger: In recent years, this interest in the urban has sometimes turned into a superiorityof the urban, and even a disdain of the rural. Those who are a part of urban churches can sometimes project an attitude, even unwittingly, that urban centers are where “real” ministry happens.


Randy Alcorn‘s answer to the question, “Wouldn’t it be better just to take the money spent on short-term trips and send it to the mission field instead?”


Timothy Paul Jones: These forsaken bodies—the vast majority of the victims of Roman crucifixion—remained on their crosses to be consumed. Thus their remains disintegrated into the dust of the Roman Empire. But the case of Jesus—a Jew, crucified near Jerusalem on the eve of a popular religious festival—doesn’t fit this pattern.


Tyler Smith: When we come to familiar passages, like the Easter story, we are tempted to rely more on our memory of the story and less on the text of Scripture itself.


Erik Odegard: There are young believers throughout our churches who are capable to be trusted with significant responsibilities, gospel labors, and growing in grace.  I pray that we would recognize that God has gifted young believers for the edification of our churches (1 Corinthians 12:7), raise our expectations of them, sharpen them training, and entrust them with significant tasks.


Eric Geiger: As pastors are removed from ministry, the implications on churches and families are far-reaching. Here are five lessons from a season of fallen pastors, a season that has, at times, felt epidemic.


Russell Westbrook Game-Winning Buzzer Beater | NBA


Morning Mashup 04/03

Morning Mashup

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


Praying the Bible | Donald Whitney | $3.19 (Kindle)


Prayer | Timothy Keller | $7.58


A Praying Life | Paul Miller | $10.19


Praying with Paul | D.A. Carson | $13.25



Are We Victims of Sin? | Head Heart Hand

David Murray: One of the keys to the Christian life is getting the right balance between confessing personal sin and lamenting the universal consequences of sin.

4 Surprises in Bible Publishing | TGC

Trevin Wax describes the biggest surprises he encountered in his role in helping publish the Christian Standard Bible.

You Cannot Raise Snowflakes in Jesus’ Name | Prince on Preaching

Excellent article for parents as they consider raising their children in a world where we can’t protect them from pain.

FAQ on the Collected Works of John Piper | TGC

Justin TaylorOur basic criterion for selection has been to include everything that John Piper has written for publication in printed books, magazines, and journals. The result is forty-five books, sixty articles and reviews, twenty-three forewords, and forty-two chapters—totaling around three million words.

How Calvinists Miss the Key to Happiness | Desiring God

Tony Reinke:  The joy of Calvinism is a joy purchased by Christ and emerges from the ever-present Spirit within us.

Graceless Dads, Overly Spiritual Pastors, and Sticky Notes | Gospel Centered Family

Jared KennedyWhen I am disciplining one of my girls, I may even go beyond misbehavior and shepherd her heart motivations. But like an older brother in Christ, am I willing to confess my own sin and repent before my daughters as well? If not, I’m in danger of being a graceless dad.


How to Depict the Beauty of Complementarity? | TGC

Paul George vs. LeBron James in OT

Morning Mashup 05/25


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


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

Tough Topics

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

Jesus, the Only Way to God

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

The Insanity of Obedience


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?


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 05/24


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


Shepherding a Child’s Heart | Tedd Tripp | $4.99

Shepherding a Child's Heart

Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word | George Guthrie | $0.99

Read the Bible for Life


Why Social Media (and the Church) is Making You Sad | Russell Moore

“We’ve been warned that social media can distract us, shorten our attention spans, disconnect us from real-life relationships. But what if our Facebook and Instagram are also making us miserable?

3 Ways Biblical Theology Will Change Your Bible Study | Holly Marr

“Biblical theology is an important discipline for understanding both the high-level narrative of Scripture and the development of key themes across the canon.

Appreciating the overarching narrative of Scripture and the development of themes across the Bible can significantly impact the way you study God’s Word. Here are just three ways.”

Stop Saying ‘I Feel Like’ | Molly Worthen

“Yet here is the paradox: “I feel like” masquerades as a humble conversational offering, an invitation to share your feelings, too — but the phrase is an absolutist trump card. It halts argument in its tracks.”

Don’t Waste Your Summer | Kevin DeYoung

“In a little over three months we’ll all be moaning, ‘Where did the summer go? I can’t believe it’s over.’ So what can we do over the next hundred days or so to help alleviate that feeling of loss? Or to put it positively, what can we do to make the most of June, July, and August? Here are twenty suggestions.”

Ten Differences Between Delagating and Dumpster Leadership | Eric Geiger

“Sadly, what some leaders call delegating is really dumping, doing whatever it takes, as quickly as it takes, to get responsibilities off their plate and onto the plates of others. On the other hand, delegating is wise, effective, and loving. Effective delegation spreads responsibilities to others so that the organization can accomplish more while simultaneously developing other leaders.”

How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life | Nicole Cliffe

“I know that sounds depressing, but I found the idea of life ending after death mildly reassuring in its finality. I had started to meet more people of faith, having moved to Utah from Manhattan, and thought them frequently charming in their sweet delusion. I did not wish to believe. I had no untapped, unanswered yearnings. All was well in the state of Denmark. And then it wasn’t.”


Morning Mashup 04/05


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


Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual, and the Church by Peter Hubbard ($0.99)


Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views eds. Andy Naselli & Mark Snoeberger ($0.99)


The Underestimated Gospel ed. Jonathan Leeman ($0.99)


Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World by Andreas Kostenberger, Darrell Bock, and Josh Chatraw ($0.99)



Diversity and the Reformed Resurgence – Tim Challies sounds a necessary call for diversity among popular conference speakers.

Complete Assurance for Incomplete People – What did the author of Hebrews mean when he wrote that we are perfect even now? John Piper explains.

The Darkness of Porn and the Hope of the Gospel – Denny Burk: “The sexual revolution promised us more sex and more pleasure. It has actually delivered to us a generation of men who think of women as objects to be used and abused for their sexual pleasure.”

Why Porn Kills Sex – Russell Moore: “Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn’t just about sex and because sex isn’t just about sex.”

Gender Non-Conformity Running Roughshod Over Parents’ Rights – Carl Trueman explains the dilemma in his town and then shares a letter he wrote to a local school board’s recent transgender policy for students.

The Gospel of Jesus on Sexual Binaries – Robert Gagnon refutes Rachel Held Evans’ latest post on Jesus and gender.

Q&A With Nabeel Qureshi – Excellent interview with the author of Answering Jihad.

No Matter How Bad Things Get, We Have Baseball – This is why I love David Prince. A great read for the first week of the MLB season.

Way-Too-Early Top 25 Rankings for 2016-17 – Per usual, my Kentucky Wildcats will likely begin the season ranked in the top 5. But Duke, watch out y’all. They will be loaded.

Shaq, Iverson, Yao Lead Hall of Fame Class of 2016 – My childhood basketball heroes are already entering the Hall of Fame. I’ve still yet to see a more thrilling player than Allen Iverson (if I don’t watch Steph Curry, that is).


Sibbes Quote 4


“We glorify God when all our affections are set upon him as the greatest good.” – Richard Sibbes

Morning Mashup 03/02

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

Book Deals

Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel (David Limbaugh, $2.99)

Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness (Eric Metaxas, $2.99)

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (Tim Keller, $1.99)

Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel (Russell Moore, $2.99)

10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer (Alex McFarland & Elmer Towns, $2.99)


Why Going to Church Does Not Make You a Christian – John Piper shares how the first few pages of C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory changed his life.

What Wouldn’t Jesus Do? – It now looks like a virtual longshot for Trump not to win the Republican nomination, but this NY Times piece shows what (or, who) we are getting and what a growing majority of Republicans seem to want.

Supreme Court to Hear Major Abortion Case – The most important court case on abortion in about 10 years. Moral arguments will be heard today. The morality of these arguments boils down to a battle of convenience vs. life.

Understanding Trump’s Evangelicals – Anthony Bradley offers a unique perspective on the “evangelicals” who are voting for Trump. I think his concerns and claims are valid.

Top 100+ Resources on Reading – David Murray offers a massive list of resources to help in improvement of reading skills.

Visual Theology @ T4G – For all my friends heading to Together for the Gospel this April, Tim Challies will be offering a mini event on his newest work, Visual Theology. Consider registering for this free session.

The Case for an Exegetical Sermon Series – Very beneficial interview with Hershael York on when to preach topically and why expository preaching is best.

10 Reasons Easter Giveaways Are Unwise – Jared Wilson effectively lays out his concerns over Easter giveaways. His points are worth your consideration.

Woman, Behold, Your Son! – Sean Nolan: “Alone he builds community; empty handed he gives gifts.”

March Madness Tournament Schedule and Bracket Predictions – March is here. Which means you will see a lot of college basketball in Morning Mashup for a while. Here is the 2016 NCAA Tournament schedule and predictions of where the Bubble Teams might land.

What Would a President Trump Mean for the World? – CNN’s Jonathan Mann predicts what a world with Trump as President would look like by laying out what Trump has said he would do on various issues.


God is completely in charge of his world. His hand may be hidden, but his rule is absolute.

— J.I. Packer

Morning Mashup 09/28


Injury Interrupted My Idolatry – From time to time, Desiring God will feature an article written by a professional athlete. They are always profound for me. This piece from NBA player Landry Fields is no different. Fantastic perspective.

3 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Pray for the Persecuted Church – Great post from Ruth Ripken on how to get your kids thinking and praying about persecuted believers.

Sex Belongs to Believers – John Piper: “The pleasures of sex are meant for believers. They are designed for their greatest expression by the children of God. He saves his richest gifts for his children. And as we enjoy his gift of sex, we say, by our covenant faithfulness to our spouse, that God is greater than sex.”

Springtime for Liberal Christianity – Typical excellent cultural and religious analysis from Ross Douthat.

The Cosby Conversation We’re Still Not Having – Thabiti Anyabwile: “What we are not discussing is how to prevent the many Cosbys in our homes, families, friendship networks, schools and churches from preying upon our daughters, sisters, and mothers.”

Don’t Hide Behind “The Gospel” – Barnabas Piper: “Only when we can make the connection between the gospel and the centuries of racial inequality in the United States, the lasting impact on our government and social structures, and the insidious and subtle effects on our own minds and hearts is it a solution.”

The Eight Kinds of Commenters in the Christian Blogosphere – Excellent analysis of commenters on Christian blogs. I’ve experienced each of these. My favorite is the “heresy hunter.” They are so pleasant.

Why I Am a Complementarian – “It seems to me that on a very base level the problem of the feminist movement and the patriarchy movement, and indeed sin itself, is principally a lack of trust. We have, from the very beginning, been attempting to wrench what was not given in the search of what was labeled off limits.”

Why Students Hate School Lunches – Just one of many stellar pieces in the Sunday Review section of the NY Times this week. I love this line: “Consider that in France, where the childhood obesity rate is the lowest in the Western world, a typical four-course school lunch (cucumber salad with vinaigrette, salmon lasagna with spinach, fondue with baguette for dipping and fruit compote for dessert) would probably not pass muster under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, because of the refined grains, fat, salt and calories. Nor would the weekly piece of dark chocolate cake.”

Papelbon, Harper Fight Highlights Nationals’ Deep Problems – The dugout fight between Nationals teammates Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper has sparked much debate in the sports world. Personally, I agree with Papelbon’s principle, but not with his methods. Harper may be a NL MVP frontrunner, but he has a lot to learn.

The Art of Conversation – Tips for how men should engage in conversation.

42 Things We Learned from Week 3 – It usually takes a few weeks to gauge how the NFL season will go. Here is what we know after three weeks.

Spieth’s Stellar PGA Season – Young Jordan Spieth’s spectacular season broken down. I don’t think he’s the next Tiger, but the dude can play.

For us to be in love with ourselves is idolatry. For God not to be in love with himself is idolatry. –Zane Pratt