Morning Mashup 09/27

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

On the Puritans

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life | J.I. Packer | $16.20

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Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were | Leland Ryken | $15.85

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A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life | Joel Beeke & Mark Jones | $45.79

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Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints | Joel Beeke & Randall Pederson | $35.00

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ARTICLES

How Much Do Christian Kids Need a ‘Christian’ Education? | Thomas Kidd

We know for sure, of course, that whatever combination of public, private, or home education a child receives, the parents’ influence on a child’s mind is pre-eminent. But I still think that evangelicals and other Christians need to think hard about what education for their children should accomplish.

Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity in the Reformed Tradition | Kevin DeYoung

So why I am writing something now? For the simple reason that I am hearing from more people in my own congregation who want to know what to make of this kerfuffle over the Trinity. Twitter demands to “say something!” mean little to me. Honest theological questions from my church family mean a lot.

Scripture and the Long Shadow of American Slavery | Timothy Paul Jones

Yet, if Scriptures seem to have accepted some forms of slavery, why should Christians today view the enslavement of African Americans as a depraved and dehumanizing system from its inception? More important, how can a renewed recognition of the sinfulness of this system help us to understand better the struggles that we face still today?

Complaining Isn’t Authentic, It’s a Waste of Time | Matt Rogers

There are certainly healthy aspects to this trend. It’s hard to love and be loved if everyone is a phony. But, if I’m honest, the rise of authenticity has some rather annoying byproducts. One of the most common is the incessant noise of complaining Christians. Since sin invaded the world, we’ve all had issues doing everything without complaining or grumbling (Phil. 2:14). But lately, it seems that we’ve begun to celebrate complaining as a virtue rather than a vice.

Transcript of the First Debate | NY Times

If you’re like me and skipped out on the debate, here is your one-stop source for every second of the debate in all it’s glory.

Donald Trump’s Cruel Streak | Conor Friedersdorf

Giving a cruel man power and expecting that he won’t use it to inflict cruelty is madness. To vote for Trump, knowing all of this, is to knowingly empower cruelty.

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Morning Mashup 08/02

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


KINDLE DEALS

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

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

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ARTICLES

 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.

VIDEOS

Kent Hughes on what pastors should ask themselves before Sunday

 

What Is Expository Preaching?

Morning Mashup 06/08

 

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KINDLE DEALS

C.S. Lewis’s Remarkable (and Surprising) Sermon | Justin Taylor

Seventy-five years ago tomorrow C.S. Lewis ascended the pulpit at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and delivered “The Weight of Glory,” one of the most insightful sermons of the twentieth century.

6 Ways to Influence a Culture of Evangelism | Taylor Turkington

We must depend on Jesus for help to lead well, but we must also be intentional. So how do we lead well in evangelism? The tone we set in our community changes the way those around us see the value of proclaiming the gospel. Here are six ideas to consider as others watch you.

On Abortion and Racism: Why There is a Greater Evil in this Election | Thabiti Anyabwile

It’s been more difficult to be an African-American and an “Evangelical” or “Reformed” these last few years. It was never an easily negotiated identity or space. But a certain quietude about matters of “race” and racism made it possible to enjoy a measure of unity in theological matters and some seeming trust as spiritual family. A degree of political affinity, defined largely by the obvious wrongs we opposed, created a co-belligerence that kept our eyes off our differing political needs and emphases along ethnic lines. Suspicion and mistrust were kept at bay by a tacit sense that some things were more important.

Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported | Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

These questions, among the nearly 20 questions in CT’s quiz below, have been asked of Christian converts from Islam who are applying for asylum in the United Kingdom. Wrong answers put them at a high risk of deportation.

6 Theses on Online Writing and Civility | Jake Meador

Put another way, the problem with internet writing isn’t just the particular internet tools we use; it’s also with the people using the tools. And those same people who make such a mess on blogs or public social media channels are the ones populating our private forms of online media. So even if we no longer have to deal with particularly destructive tools, we still must deal with the destructive sins we ourselves commit every day. A shift toward more private media, then, may help reduce the impact of certain problems created in part by bad technology, but it cannot solve the problem entirely.

Four Ways for Fathers to Engage at Home | Jeremy Adelman

Admittedly, it is often difficult to remain engaged at home. After a long day, it is easy to detach from our family and enter the worlds of media, technology, and sports. Our minds are occupied with the work we left behind or looking forward to the sleep that is to come, but God calls us to more as husbands and fathers.Here are four ways, among many, that men can be more engaged at home.

Fahrenheit 381 | Carl Trueman

Trueman and others at Mortification of Spin have called complementarian leaders (CBMW & TGC) to the carpet on serious charges of Trinitarian heresy. I’ll be following this exchange closely.

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Morning Mashup 04/04

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


BOOK DEALS

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

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

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True Friendship by Vaughn Roberts ($2.99)

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ARTICLES

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.

VIDEOS

 

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 09/12

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Obama’s Address on ISIS Strategy – Here is the full transcript of Obama’s plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.”

A Prayer for Muslim Lands – A prayer from 1923 that is highly applicable today.

Goodbye August, Worst Month Ever? – August could possibly have been the worst month ever. David Murray shows why.

Thoughts on Ferguson from a St. Louis Pastor – “Yes, I am angry, but I try to use this emotion to effect change through dialogue and events that build bridges between those who have chosen to build walls to protect themselves from others.”

Timeline of the Ray Rice Saga – This is one of the most tragic situations facing the NFL in its history. I am anxious to see how the investigation unfolds. In the meantime, check out this complete timeline of events.

Is There Proof of Heaven? – “While it’s impossible to prove the existence of heaven in the same way you’d prove the existence of your hometown, that doesn’t automatically mean the place is fictional.”

Ministry in a Post-9/11 World – Thoughts from various well-known pastors.

How to Read the Bible in Church – Here are three big ideas and seven practical tips for how to read the Bible in church.

Why Not Sin? – “[Paul] wants Christians to understand that we cannot easily entertain sin, because of our identity.”

An Unusual 9/11 Devotional – What are Family Guy, 9/11, and Romans 1 doing in one blog post? Read to find out.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace/Behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face. –William Cowper

Morning Mashup 08/27

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10 articles for your information, edification, encouragement, and enjoyment. Happy Hump Day!

Ferguson: One Body, One Head – Blogger Mathew Sims expresses why he hasn’t written on Ferguson in an honest article that I find much identification with.

7 Reasons Why the Current Marriage Debate Is Nothing Like the Debate on Interracial Marriage – Ryan Anderson asks, “Is opposition to same-sex marriage at all like opposition to interracial marriage?” Read and check out his helpful answer.

How to Break Up to the Glory of God – 13 wisdom-principles on how to end relationships to God’s glory.

Transgenderism: A Theological Perspective – To respond rightly and helpfully to the issue of transgenderism, Tim Scheiderer writes, “we must think biblically; and to think biblically, we must know how certain biblical truths relate to transgenderism and the helpful implications of these truths.”

Christ Did Not Die for You to Do Keg Stands – Kevin DeYoung: “Churches must be ready to winsomely and courageously confront the university lifestyle when it is inconsistent with Christian commitment.”

Grace Creates Safety, Which Creates Change – Justin Buzzard: “When an individual embraces a grace-based identity (instead of a performance-based identity) and standing with God, he or she becomes capable of extending grace (undeserved love) to other people.”

The Wrong Kind of Christian – Tish Harrison Warren: “I thought a winsome faith would win Christians a place at Vanderbilt’s table. I was wrong.” Oh, so sad.

Embrace the Blessing of Rebuke – David Mathis: “One of the most loving things anyone can do for you is tell you when you’re wrong.”

The Importance of Perspective – This is a helpful post from an African-American former police officer who says it’s all about perspective.

The 10 Greatest Hymns of All Time – It is hard to disagree with this list from Tim Challies. Did your favorite hymn make the cut?

I’m not afraid of failure. I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter. –William Carey

Morning Mashup 08/25

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10 articles for your information, edification, enjoyment, and encouragement as you begin your week. Happy Monday!

FAQSs of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Are there possible ethical dilemmas with the ALS ice bucket challenge? Russell Moore hashes it all out here.

America in Black and White – Honest and important article from Justin Taylor on the various positions people are taking on Ferguson and why black and white evangelicals are responding differently.

Black and White Pastors Reflecting on Ferguson Together – J.D. Greear and Chris Green reflect together on the issue of race in Ferguson.

President Obama’s Mythical 21st Century – When I heard President Obama’s remarks on ISIS and his typical, “they are sooooo last century,” I realized just how ignorant our President seems to be. Trevin Wax wrote this article in response to Obama’s historically ignorant remarks on ISIS and radical Islam. I wish I had written it. Thanks, Trevin.

ISIS in the 21st Century – Ross Douthat with a similar article from a slightly different perspective.

Different Dimensions, Not ‘Theories’ of the Atonement – Ahh, yes! Such a refreshing look at multiple dimensions of the atonement, and a call to stop calling them theories.

You Can’t Quit Cold Turkey – A compelling and interesting look at ex-Kentucky Wildcat and NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen and his battle with weight. Though his satisfaction with food surpasses that with football, I pray he finds even deeper satisfaction in the Bread of Life.

A Blind Spot – Ray Ortlund: “My hunch is that some of us white people feel anxiety and confusion about scenes of racially-related strife not because we ourselves feel threatened but because we just don’t know what to do.”

The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit – What a truly fascinating story that I can’t believe is true.

Mo’ne Davis, The Little League World Series, and My Daughters – The Little League World Series is over and Mo’ne Davis was a history-making phenomenon. However, read why pastor David Prince would not allow his daughters to compete against the boys past childhood.

God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing. –C.S. Lewis

Morning Mashup 08/22

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A serious and sobering edition of Morning Mashup, with a crazy interesting story at the end. The continued focus as has been the entire week is response to Ferguson and racism in America and the church. I have grown more over the past week than I have in a while, mostly due to some of the articles below. Close out your week with some enlightening and edifying articles. Happy Friday!

Power, Police, and Another Shooting – Another black man was shot by white police in St. Louis. John Piper speaks to this abuse of power: “The more power a fallen human has, the more vulnerable he is to be corrupted by the power. This is true of pastors and police.”

Why We Never “Wait for All the Facts” Before We Speak – Thabiti Anyabwile has been a much-needed voice for evangelicalism in the wake of Ferguson, MO. I am so thankful for him.

Feeling the Pain, Despite the Facts – Bryan Loritts is such a profound writer. This is a moving piece that has given me great understanding.

Will White Evangelicals Ever Acknowledge Systemic Injustice? – This is an article that was hard, yet necessary for me to read. These past few weeks have been nothing short of eye-opening from my clearly privileged perspective. Leonce Crump writes, “The police have stopped me, both walking and driving, nearly once a year since I was 15 years old.” His testimony has shaken me.

Two Words that Prove Racism Exists in the Church – This is a sad reality among many white evangelical circles. Lord, help us.

A Prayer for the Afflicted Saints in Iraq – Beautifully crafted prayer for the suffering saints in Iraq.

A Christian Child Tells of Surviving ISIS Persecution – As a leader in kids ministry, this breaks my heart. Praise God this little boy and his family escaped.

I Increasingly Find Conflict Between My Faith and Some Conservative Discourse – An eye-opening article from Erick Erickson in which he writes, “In the past several months there have been three incidents that have solidified for me that my faith and my politics are starting to collide.” I fully agree with Erickson’s frustrations.

Dr. Kent Brantly’s Recovery and Remarks – And now for some good news! Praise God that Dr. Brantly has fully recovered from Ebola. His comments are gloriously God-exalting: “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.”

How Should a Pastor Approach Baptizing an Autistic Believer? – Russell Moore gives a wise and poignant answer to this difficult question.

Four Reasons Why God Forbids Adultery – Here is a helpful biblical picture of the reason adultery is sinful.

Hiker Fends Off Mountain Lion Attack With Opera – Yes, you read that right. I thought it appropriate to leave you with a pretty cool and amazing story to close out this serious edition of Morning Mashup.

The word of God is more than enough to accomplish the work of God in the people of God. –Kevin DeYoung


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert is a student at Boyce College (B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies, Dec. ’14). He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife Erica and their dog, Simba.

Morning Mashup 08/20

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Many mid-week articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Have a great Wednesday!

Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Join You in Your Suffering”? – Thabiti Anyabwile offers sobering thoughts on the state of evangelicalism in light of social injustice.

On Being John Piper’s Son – Ed Stetzer interviews Barnabas Piper about his new book, life as a PK, and parenting.

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians? – Jewish leader, Ronald Lauder: “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?”

ISIS Beheading U.S. Journalist – My heart breaks for this family. If this is authentic, it will be interesting to see how President Obama responds.

How Can the Gospel Be Good News to Gays? – A friend of Sam Alberry was interested in Jesus, but wanted to know how becoming a Christian would affect his gay lifestyle. See how Alberry responded.

What’s It Like in Ferguson? – A pastor who is walking the streets of Ferguson gives us some insight into what life is like in this torn city.

Listening to Find Our Voice on Ferguson – Much wisdom from Darrin Patrick and Ed Copeland on the rush to judgment on the turmoil in Ferguson and how we should move forward.

The Other Side of Ferguson – Check out the mostly unnoticed work of local churches in Ferguson and how they are responding to the situation.

Love, Hate, and a Counter-Intuitive God – Is the biblical command to love really as simple as it seems? Derek Rishmawy gives great insight to a complex topic.

The Black Church and the Black Community – An enlightening conversation between Trevin Wax and Anthony Bradley on listening to the voices of black church leaders.

Letter to a Discouraged Minister – A very encouraging word from Don Whitney to any minister who is wilting under the weight of discouragement.

Resisting Pressure to “Make Something of Yourself” Before Motherhood – “When we put off the beauty of children—often in quest for our own glory, status, or feelings of having ‘arrived’—we are doing it to our peril.”

Men, Are You Settled on the Issue of Abortion? – John Knight challenges men to speak up about abortion for the sake of countless little lives.

Why the Looters Will Have the Most Lasting Impact on Ferguson – Sadly, this is historically true. Continue to pray for peace in Ferguson.

Enjoying the Good Gift of Sports – Barnabas Piper encourages sports fans to think more about sports. He writes, “Instead of undermining appreciation for sports, an active mind bolsters it.”

Seminary Students: Don’t Be That Guy – This is a tremendously helpful article by Philip Bethancourt of the ERLC. Much wisdom about avoiding the title “that guy” in seminary.

The minister of the gospel is in a perpetual state of war. –Albert Mohler

Morning Mashup 08/18

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Here are 12 articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment to start your week. Have a great Monday!

A Living Nightmare for Iraqi Christians – Helpful history of Iraqi Christians and ISIS with a plea to the international community.

Reading the Bible Like Jonathan Edwards – Kyle Strobel: “Means of grace are meant to orient us to Jesus so our hearts pour out in love and affection to him.”

The Cross and the Molotov Cocktail – A truly challenging and helpful read. You will be greatly moved.

Pray for Ferguson – Philip Holmes with sobering words on how to pray for Ferguson, MO.

The Roots of Violence in Ferguson – “Clashes between protesters and law-enforcement officials over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown began again on Saturday morning. Residents say the tension between the city’s police and citizens is longstanding.”

Michael Brown is Your Neighbor – D.A. Horton: “I want to unveil to those saints on the sideline how they can engage in front line participation before, during and after national moments of social injustice arise. The reason why we, as the Body of Christ, must engage is because acts of social injustice are direct attacks on the gospel.”

Ferguson Cleanup Organized by Church Planters – NAMB Send North America church planters in St. Louis organize a cleanup of Ferguson following looting and rioting in light of the shooting of Michael Brown.

5 Facts About Suicide in the United States – Joe Carter with a very informative post about suicide in America.

On Suicide, Gratitude, and Compassion – Jen Wilkin openly and honestly writes about suicide, Robin Williams, and appropriate response to both.

Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality – Alastair Roberts insightfully lays out the core principles of the new sexual and relational morality that is shaping much of the Western world. What do most Westerners think about sex? Roberts nails it.

The Preacher You May or May Not Know – He survived brain cancer and leads a church of 11,000, but have you heard of him?

Google Used to be Called WHAT? – The original names of 23 iconic brands. Seriously, I cannot imagine what life would be like had Google kept its original name.

A man may have enough of the world to sink him, but he can never have enough to satisfy him. –Thomas Brooks