Morning Mashup 04/12

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together | Jared Wilson

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Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture | John Piper

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ARTICLES

THE NEW MARTIN LUTHER MOVIE | PATHEOS

Gene Veith: I’m not a huge fan of this hybrid of documentary and drama, but this one works as well as I’ve seen.  Luther’s life is so interesting and so inherently dramatic that the narrative is gripping and entertaining, even though it is continually interrupted by the scholars.

THE HORROR OF CRUCIFIXION | DESIRING GOD

Tony Reinke: This week we celebrate the death of our Savior. And today we are going to look at the crucifixion from its historical and physical realities.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RECOVERY | CHRISTWARD COLLECTIVE

Nick BatzigWhen we have sinned in our Christian life or made a error in judgment in pastoral ministry, we need to remember that so much of the Christian life and pastoral ministry is in the recovery.

SOME HELPS FOR FAMILY WORSHIP | VASSAL OF THE KING

Geoffrey Kirkland: What is family worship? What does it look like? How does one get started? Is it really doable in our ‘fast-paced society’? This is the outline that I provided our men to guide us in our discussion through this important topic.

PASTOR, DON’T WASTE YOUR EXCLAMATION POINTS | TGC

Jared Wilson: If you’re one of those rah-rah guys firing on all emotional cylinders for everything from bake sales and the book table to baptisms and baby dedications, you create an equality between minutiae and missional milestones that can be disorienting, and ultimately dulling. But more directly, just remember that if everything is exciting, nothing is.

VIDEOS

MARTIN LUTHER | PATHEOS

 THE UNIQUENESS OF THE PSALMS | LIGONIER

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Morning Mashup 04/05

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love | Gloria Furman

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The Pastor’s Family: Shepherding Your Family through the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry | Brian & Cara Croft

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The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity | Barnabas Piper

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ARTICLES

The Reformation of FBC Durham | SBTS Equip

North Carolina pastor Andy Davis revitalized his church through verse-by-verse expository preaching.

Thank You, Big Blue Nation | The Player’s Tribune

Malik MonkI haven’t found out yet who the best possible version of myself is — and to be honest, as far as that goes, I think I’m still just scratching the surface. But I’ve found out what the best possible version of myself does: He plays in the NBA.

Does Dating Prepare Us For Marriage–Or Divorce? | Desiring God

Marshall SegalThe common trends in dating today are more likely to prepare you to get divorced than to enjoy and persevere in marriage.

Augustine Today: Why He’s Still Relevant | Christianity Today

Ed StetzerIn this edition of Theology for Life, Ed, Lynn, and Greg Lee discuss why St. Augustine is important to theology today, especially as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

For the Christian Perfectionist | Reformed Margins

Faith ChangWe may be struggling, weak, ashamed, and afraid. But our Father’s love can free us from our perfectionism that we may obey him freely and joyfully in his perfect peace.

Parents, Be Quick to Listen | Forward Progress

Michael Kelley: Today, parents, you and I will all come upon a situation with our kids that needs to be dealt with in some way. Here is where we bring God’s Word to bear – that we fight the pride of assumption and approach that situation with open ears instead.

VIDEOS

 

Morning Mashup 04/05

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


BOOK DEALS

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

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

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The Underestimated Gospel ed. Jonathan Leeman ($0.99)

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

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ARTICLES

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).

VIDEOS


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

The Reformers on Abortion

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Although we have been fighting legal abortion in the United States since Roe v. Wade (1973), abortion has been practiced by civilizations of people for centuries. Abortion is not limited to our own culture, and we are not the first to speak against it. There is a long tradition of Christians standing for the unborn. This was especially true during the Reformation. The Reformation was a resurgence in biblical authority and the Reformers were some of the best expositors in the history of the church. As such, there were times when they applied biblical texts to the evil of abortion.

The Reformer who sparked the Reformation, Martin Luther, gave a series of lectures on the book of Genesis in 1540. In one of his lectures Luther declared, “the begetting of children is wonderfully pleasing to [God] … He is not hostile to children, as we are.” He continued,

How great, therefore, the wickedness of human nature is! How many girls there are who prevent conception and kill and expel tender fetuses, although procreation is the work of God! Indeed, some spouses who marry and live together in a respectable manner have various ends in mind, but rarely children.

Luther saw procreation as God’s work. Conception is a gift from a loving Father. It is particularly evil to destroy what has been gifted by God. He is the one who commands that we be fruitful and multiply, so to undermine this command and gift is a clear and direct offense against God. Destruction of an unborn baby is a rejection of the plan of God and defecation of the image of God.

Even more than this, Luther would later write a gentle and loving treatise called, Comfort for Women Who Have Had a Miscarriage (1542). In it, Luther gave assurance to suffering Christian women that children who die from miscarriage do not require baptism. A point of emphasis in this work is on a clear distinction. Luther communicated that he was not writing for women who despised pregnancy, deliberately neglected their child, or destroyed the child. These Christian woman who had experience the tragedy of a miscarriage were called to bow before the “strange providence” of God. So, according to Luther, an unborn child was clearly a child worthy of both protection and mourning.

Luther was not the only reformer who wrote or spoke against abortion. John Calvin, too, applied the truths of Scripture to the horror of abortion. He once wrote in his commentary on Exodus,

The foetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being…If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a foetus in the womb before it has come to light.

According to Calvin, abortion is comparable, yet worse, than killing a man in his own house. A mother’s womb is the safest place for a baby to live. It is in this safest place that the practice of abortion invades and ends an otherwise well-protected life.

We must remember that as Christians fighting against the evil practices of abortion, we are not alone historically. Church history provides us with many friends, especially in the Reformation. Abortionists believe they are progressive in their view toward women, but their view toward little men and women in the womb is ancient. It is a product of the Fall and finds friends throughout history and in multiple cultures. One more reason to admire the Reformers is their bold and unashamed commitment to the image of God in the smallest and most helpless of humans.


396110_519885398036913_1852978654_nMathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in East Bernstadt, KY. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God. Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jude Adoniram.