Morning Mashup 07/27

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


KINDLE DEALS

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

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

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ARTICLES

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.

VIDEOS

Shame the Strong or Influence the Influencers | TGC

 

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

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Morning Mashup 07/12

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


KINDLE DEALS

Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home | Don Whitney | $3.99

Family Worship Book

Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well | Randy Newman | $2.99

Bringing the Gospel Home Book

ARTICLES

What’s Going On? | Tony Carter

“Brothers and sisters, we are pro-life, not simply because black lives matter, or blue lives matter, or unborn lives matter, but because Christ matters, the kingdom of God matters. We are pro-life because God is. Let us not make it a black thing (though the world does), and let us not make it simply a justice thing (though it is that). But let’s always make it a God thing, because it is. Let’s make it a Christ thing. And remember Christ is no respecter of person, race, or class.”

Alcohol Abuse, Perry Noble, and the Church’s Response | Ed Stetzer

Grieved by numerous pastoral moral failures in recent months. I’ve openly disagreed with much of Perry Noble’s ministry, but the news of his struggles with alcoholism and his removal as pastor has only led me to bow my head in sorrow and prayer.

Church Attendance Spikes Nationwide Due to Influx of Pokemon GO Players | Babylon Bee

You can always count on the Bee for much needed comic relief!

Grieving Racial Injustice as Citizens of the Kingdom of God | Jarvis Williams

“Christians, we must not hate, although we mourn. We must not fight violence with violence, although we want justice for all of the lives lost last week, and over the weekend. But we must hold fast and hold forth the life giving and life changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with our words and with our actions. And we must seek to live in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ who don’t share our ethnic postures so that the world might see that we love Jesus, that we belong to Jesus, that we love one another, and that we are citizens of the already-not-yet kingdom of God.”

Two Kinds of Voting, Two Kinds of Disruption, and Two Kinds of Unrighteousness | Sen. Ben Sasse

Thank you, Senator Sasse. This needed to be said.

The Playschool Tragedy for Twentysomethings | Marshall Segal

“We all live for something. Some purpose statement hides beneath all our desires and decisions, whether we know it or not. We do everything we do out of love — for something or someone. The question is whether that purpose (or person) is worth all the time, money, and energy we’re spending.”

You Are Smart Enough to Study the Bible | Ryan Higginbottom

“You don’t need seminary training. You don’t need a full bookcase or years of experience or an understanding of Greek and Hebrew. You don’t need a high IQ or a big vocabulary. You don’t even need a high school diploma. I don’t dismiss any of the education, intellect, or training God gives. But only a few things are necessary to study the Bible. You need a Bible, a pen, paper, a heart that seeks God, and the Holy Spirit. Gather the first three, ask God for the last two, and you’re ready to go.”

VIDEOS

Pulpit Aflame: Essays in Honor of Steve Lawson | Reformation Heritage Books

 

Propaganda on Racial Justice (Part 2) | The Verge Network