Morning Mashup 08/17


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


Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith | Alister McGrath | $2.99


On Guard for Students: A Thinker’s Guide to the Christian Faith | William Lane Craig | $1.99


Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries | Sinclair Ferguson, Joel Beeke, and Michael Haykin | $3.99



Patience Isn’t Passive | Barnabas Piper

But my understanding of “waiting” has been sorely lacking. The description above is hollow. Waiting is an experience full of careful thought and action, at least if one is doing it well. If your waiting experience is one of sitting by until something happens then you’re doing it wrong.

How Does a Pastor Deal With Awkward Silence With Visiting Folks? | Brian Croft

This is a question that came to me by a young and introverted pastor who is struggling to know how to make conversation with elderly folks when he goes to visit them.  I wish more and more young pastors knew their weaknesses and desired to grow like this young brother.  Because I think this is a growing struggle among young pastors especially, here was my response to this brother for your consideration…

What Do You Do If the Sunday Sermon Was Bad? | Scott Slayton

The Sunday sermon is important because we understand that this is how God has ordained for his word to be taught to his people. So when the Sunday sermon falls flat and is unhelpful, what should we do?

A Playboy for President | Ross Douthat

But in the year of Donald Trump, the religious conservatives who fought many of those transformations find themselves reduced to a hapless rump. The best have retreated to rebuild; the worst have abased themselves before a sybaritic, irreligious presidential nominee.

Golden Moments in Rio | Boston Globe

More than halfway through the Summer Olympic games in Rio, over 150 gold medals have been awarded. Here are some of the winners whose performances during competition earned them the top spot on the podium.

Your First Breath After Death | Marshall Segal

Think about your first breath after death. That moment has everything to do with this one (and every moment between now and then) — that first newborn inhale in heaven. Why will that gasp of air be any better than your last breath before death?



Morning Mashup 08/02


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


PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace | Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones | $3.99


Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides | Scott Sauls | $3.99



 Alabama Pastor Calls His Church to Reach out to All Races with the Gospel. Church Fires Him. | SBC Voices

And they say racism is dead. Shaken by this story.

Singleness Is Not a Problem to Be Solved | Desiring God

Stacy ReaochIn whatever season of waiting God might have you in, choose to bloom where you’re planted. Embrace the life God has called you to, whether single or married. Trust that both callings are precious gifts of grace, both with painful and overwhelming hardships.

Stop Having Quiet Times | TGC

David PowlisonGod wants to catch your ear in order to awaken your voice. When you have your “quiet” time, or as you walk outdoors, or during your commute, may the decibel level appropriately rise to joyful noise and cries of need—and may you trust that God listens to the sound of your voice.

What Are America’s Largest Seminaries? | Juicy Ecumenism

5 of the 10 largest seminaries are affiliated with the SBC. Proud to be attending SBTS.

Only 9% of America Chose Trump and Clinton as the Nominees | NY Times

Just crazy.

The Worst President Ever | Samuel James

A president with wrong ideas is not a good president. But a president with wrong motivations would be the worst president imaginable.


Kent Hughes on what pastors should ask themselves before Sunday


What Is Expository Preaching?

Morning Mashup 07/27


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


Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons That Connect with Our Culture | Zack Eswine | $2.99


Sex and the Supremacy of Christ | John Piper | $3.99



The Theology of Donald Trump | NY Times

After Mr. Trump met with hundreds of evangelical Christians a couple of weeks ago, James Dobson, who is among the most influentialleaders in the evangelical world and serves on Mr. Trump’s evangelical executive advisory board, declared that “Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit,” by which Dr. Dobson meant the Holy Spirit.

Of all the descriptions of Mr. Trump we’ve heard this election season, this may be the most farcical. As described by St. Paul, the “fruit of the Spirit” includes forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, hardly qualities one associates with Mr. Trump. It shows you the lengths Mr. Trump’s supporters will go to in order to rationalize their enthusiastic support of him.

A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Free Will’ | Desiring God

My plea is that you focus on the actual teaching of the Scriptures. Try not to bring philosophical presuppositions to the text (presuppositions like: human accountability cannot coexist with God’s decisively working “all things according to the counsel of his will,” Ephesians 1:11). Let the Bible speak fully and deeply. Trust that someday we will no longer see in a mirror dimly, but face to face

Pray for the Police | Reformed African American Network

A question that Christians should be asking themselves during these troubling times is what does God’s word say is an appropriate posture toward the police or toward any institution or person who rules in authority over us? There are many different answers to this question. And, I would argue, that the answer that Christians apply from the many answers the Bible presents to us could vary based on the context and the social setting in which we find ourselves at a particular time in history. However, I think prayer is an answer that would always be applicable in any context.

Should I Correct a Foolish Person or Stay Silent? | One Degree to Another

We have all been there. Someone says something so outlandish and wrong that it must be answered. As you get ready to speak you realize they may not respond well to what you have to say. You think you have to speak up though, because this error must be answered. You feel the confusion and rage welling up within you. Any person who looked at you would know you are in the process of deciding whether you should continue to bite your tongue or not. What do you do? Do you speak or do you keep your mouth closed? And how do you decide which one is appropriate in this situation?

To Sow or to Reap: Four Theses on Social Conservatism | Mere Orthodoxy

This series was first published four years ago by Matthew Lee Anderson in the months leading up to the 2012 election. I had tentative plans to do a similar series this year, particularly after Michelle Obama’s opening-night speech at the DNC highlighted the enormous gap between the Democrats’ ability to give a positive vision of American and the GOP’s ability to do the same. But as I reviewed these posts by Matt, I decided that what he is saying here still basically applies. Indeed, if anything these posts should be read even more closely today in the aftermath of the Trump nomination. So over the next four days, we’ll be republishing Matt’s series of four theses on social conservatism. 

The Place for Children in Corporate Worship | Reformed Margins

What I intend to point out is that including children in corporate worship is immensely beneficial not only for the children, but also for the parents and for the church. In fact, unlike the common belief, this practice enhances the worship experience of the whole congregation.

Before You Post… | Reformation 21

Criticism is usually given much more freely on the internet than in person. It is one of the chief reasons why the internet seems to generate more heat than light. It is so easy to hit that “post” button when you don’t have to face that person’s reaction. In some ways, the internet can reveal our hearts better than personal interactions. This is why it is very important that we meditate on how to give and receive criticism. Proverbs tells us that the way we receive criticism marks us either as foolish or wise people.


Shame the Strong or Influence the Influencers | TGC


How Political Should a Pastor Get With His Flock? | For the Church

Morning Mashup 06/07


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


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.


Morning Mashup 06/01


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


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

God Took Me by the Hand


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.”


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

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

Steven Furtick and the Influence of Preaching and Doctrine

Christians living in the 21st century have a grave misunderstanding of the law of God. Many believe the law has been supplanted by grace. Others believe the law stands in tension with grace. Steven Furtick’s now infamous 2-minute excerpt from a July sermon is proof enough of a common thread of ignorance when it comes to biblical theology.

Furtick is clearly not alone in believing “God broke the law for love.” The phrase itself sounds radically gracious, heroic, and courageous. It was so moving when first preached that Furtick received a roaring ovation. I’m often quick to jump the gun on heretical statements like this, sounding the heresy-police-siren for all to hear. But as I’ve reflected on Furtick’s statement my heart has been broken by the glad acceptance of Bible teaching that sounds enough like the gospel to appear true, but actually contradicts the gospel and Christianity.

The erroneous teaching point from Furtick along with the positive response from Furtick’s congregation and many I’ve encountered on social media expose five realities:

1. The pastor needs to embrace his role as resident theologian for his congregation.

Pastor-theologians should not be limited to conference stages or seminary classrooms. Pastors should work to help their people see how the Bible fits together (biblical theology) and how the whole Bible addresses individual topics about God, man, Christ, salvation, church, etc. (systematic theology). Error flows from the pulpits filled by men who fail to embrace their role as resident theologian.

2. Doctrine shapes the overall culture of a church.

Because of his short illustration and point that “God broke the law for love” Furtick has given his congregation, and many others through the Internet, a category for understanding the law and gospel. He has taught a form of antinomianism (anti-law) that produces apathy toward the law and holiness in general. There are countless applications that could be drawn from his sermon that lead to an unhealthy church culture. If God broke his law in order to love his people, then why would we not also violate the law for love? Though the Bible clearly condemns unrepentant sexual immorality, should we simply ignore these “laws” in order to love our brother who is addicted to porn?

I’m not saying Furtick or the people of Elevation Church make these applications, but there is nothing, doctrinally speaking, for any of these applications to be farfetched realities. This is because the doctrine espoused by the preaching and teaching ministries of a church directly impact the daily culture of a church.

3. Churches trust their pastors and what they say each week from the pulpit.

Yes. Intelligent people will follow the teaching of the pastor because he is the man on stage. If they remain uninformed and ignorant of biblical and theological doctrine, they will find themselves roaring with applause over a statement that contradicts the very reason they claim to be in the church.

4. The preaching of the Word should take priority over other (important) ministries.

Preaching is viewed by many churches as little more than a motivational pep talk for another week of service in other areas of ministry. Furtick’s preaching amounts to little more than this, which is why I’m not at all shocked at the revelation of his false teaching. But the reason droves of church-goers struggle to even see a problem with teaching like this is because they have never heard solid, biblical preaching. They have never been a part of a faith family where the preaching of the Word takes primary priority in the life of a pastor. When preaching takes a backseat, false teaching can seep into the fabric of a faith family.

5. The preaching of the Word shapes worldview convictions.

Whether taken as priority number one or not, the preaching pastor has the ability to shape the worldview of his congregation. Pastors are responsible for the spiritual health of their congregation. This is why church membership is so serious. The preaching event is an act of worship, but also a declaration of victory. It is the work of a herald who has received the greatest news in the history of the world. The Lord has communicated his word and will in the 66 books of the Bible. It is the job of the preacher to declare the truths communicated in the Bible as they were communicated in the Bible. Preachers communicate their own worldview, which should be the biblical worldview, and urge their hearers to align their view of the world with that of the Bible. So, for good or ill, the preaching of the world shapes worldview convictions of a congregation.

Pastors and church members alike should guard their hearts from deception and realize the impact of preaching and doctrine on their lives. Church members, judge what flows from the pulpit on the basis of God’s word, not what is culturally trendy at the moment. Pastors, realize the weight of your responsibility and the range of your influence. What you teach and preach shapes the worldview and culture of your congregation. See yourself not as a creative inventor, but rather as a faithful herald, ready at all times to proclaim the truth that the King has come in both righteousness and love to bring his people home.

Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a 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.

15 Benefits of Preaching Verse-by-Verse Through Books of the Bible


At The Church at Trace Crossing, we are journeying through the book of Exodus each Sunday morning. With the exception of Palm Sunday and Easter, we have trekked through Exodus verse by verse and chapter by chapter. Since the end of January, we have made it through seventeen chapters. This past Sunday, our Lead Pastor opened his Bible and asked our congregation to turn in our Bibles to Exodus 18. If there was ever a chapter in Exodus to skip over, it would be Exodus 18. The reason is because it is sandwiched between two incredibly interesting and important chapters. Exodus 18 almost feels like it is in the way. But despite these personal feelings, we walked through Exodus 18 as a faith family verse by verse. And next week, you can bet that at Trace Crossing we will be asked to open our Bibles to Exodus 19. Why? Because the best way to preach the word of God as he revealed it is to preach through books of the Bible verse by verse.

Lectio Continua is the technical name for this method of preaching. Historically, this method of preaching was made famous by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Matthew Henry, among others. While many church members and pastors cringe at the prospect of a sermon series lasting 6-12 months going through just one book of the Bible, there are many benefits of preaching through books of the Bible. Dr. Brian Payne once offered fifteen benefits in a class he taught on preaching at Boyce College. The following list consists of Payne’s points, which are bolded, followed by further commentary of my onw. Consider each of these benefits. Feel free to add your own in the comment section below.

1. The preacher grows personally in knowledge and obedience by his disciplined exposure to God’s Word.

Preaching verse by verse and chapter by chapter means the preacher will inevitably approach doctrines, truths, and passages that push and challenge their own theology and heart. As the pastor prepares to preach this way each week, he will study topics and passages he may never have otherwise.

2. The preacher conserves time and energy used in choosing a sermon for each week.

The text sets the agenda. When Exodus 18 is preached, everyone in the church knows Exodus 19 is on deck.

3. The preacher balances his area of “expertise” and preferred topics with the breadth of God’s thoughts in the Bible.

In the words of Dr. Payne, verse by verse preaching “combats one’s tendency to choose a canon within the canon.”

4. Sensitive matters can be addressed without the appearance of pointing a finger at persons or problems in the church.

When you preach haphazardly through biblical topics, everyone’s eyebrows will be raised when you preach a sermon on sexual purity or marriage. But by preaching through books of the Bible, pastors can organically address a plethora of topics without appearing disingenuous.

5. The preacher gains accountability to not avoid skipping over what does not suit his taste or temperament on any given Sunday.

Pastors are not called to preach what they like about God’s word and ignore what they don’t like. We are called to preach the word (2 Tim. 4:2). We are called to preach the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). All pastors have preferences, but they should all be taken captive to the word and will of God.

6. Biblical literacy is promoted in the preacher’s congregation by teaching them through example how to study their Bibles.

That is, verse by verse preaching teaches a reproducible method of Bible study. Every Sunday morning, pastors teach their congregations how to study the Bible. The hermeneutical skill of a congregation typically mirrors that of the preaching pastor.

7. The preacher is forced to address a greater number of issues than what readily springs to mind.

I once heard of a pastor whose sermon topics came from newspaper headlines. If you only make use of topics on Fox News or what you are personally concerned with, you will be incredibly limited in what you can preach. And ultimately, pastors who rely on sources other than the Bible as the basis of the content of their sermons will find themselves preaching the same kinds of sermons over and over again.

8. Much research time can be saved because each new sermon does not require a new study of the book’s or the passage’s author, background, context, and cause.

If you genuinely spend time studying the word each week, verse by verse preaching will be your best friend. On Sundays that I fill the pulpit for our preaching pastor, I’m never in a panic the week leading up to Sunday because I’ve already been studying the surrounding context. All I have to do is turn the page.

9. It is more likely that the pastor will preach the whole counsel of God over time.

Haphazardly choosing topics to preach will make a pastor feel like he is chasing his own tail. Preaching through books of the Bible will take your people on a journey throughout redemptive history and various biblical genres over time.

10. The pastor’s God-given prophetic authority in the pulpit will be increased by grounding his preaching in the divinely intended meaning of the text.

The act of preaching is heralding a message that has been entrusted to us. We did not invent the message of the gospel. As a herald of the truth and preacher of the word, preachers are literally the mouthpiece of God. Preaching through books of the Bible allows the preacher to more accurately say what God has said and no more than this.

11. The trustworthiness of the pastor’s preaching is increased in the eyes of the congregation.

It is easier to trust a man who relies solely on the intention of God in his inspiration of biblical texts than a man who relies on his own wit and intuition.

12. The pastor’s God-given blessing in the pulpit is increased by remaining faithful to the intention of the One who sent him to preach.

Preaching is a massive responsibility. It is a weight no man could bear alone. But to know that you are striving to proclaim what God himself has revealed in the way God himself has revealed it brings great comfort to a pastor. Pastors can rest in their preaching if they are faithful to the word.

13. The congregation’s trust in the inspiration, inerrancy, clarity, and sufficiency of Scripture is increased.

Preaching through books of the Bible shows your commitment to and reliance on the word for life and godliness. Your people will catch this vision and trust that the best thing for them is God’s word.

14. The congregation will be less susceptible to the deception of false teaching.

The simple antidote to false teaching is true teaching. The truth of the gospel pierces the heart of all false teaching. The more God’s people are exposed to God’s word, the less likely they will be deceived by false teachers. Faithful biblical exposition gives your congregation legs to stand on.

15. The message is communicated that we need all 1189 chapters and 31,012 verses of the Bible for our salvation.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We don’t just need the portions of Scripture that we like. We need all of Scripture. From Exodus 18 to Romans 8, God’s people need God’s word. The best way God’s people can receive God’s word is through preaching that seeks to communicate the divinely-intended meaning of each passage. Brother pastors, find yourselves faithful in the handling of God’s word.

Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is a 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 04/04


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


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


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


True Friendship by Vaughn Roberts ($2.99)



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.



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 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