Morning Mashup 08/25

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Shaped by the Gospel: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Center Church) | Tim Keller | $3.99

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Relationships: A Mess Worth Making | Tim Lane | $2.99

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ARTICLES

Purity Culture | Samuel James

 It is often difficult for me to read a blog post that excoriates evangelical purity culture, and discern where the criticism of legalism ends and the criticism of the Bible’s teachings on sex begin. 

Remember Their Names | James Faris

You can minister to family members of public figures by following God’s pattern: remember their names. Most are pretty happy to live in the orbit of their more luminous family member; but when you work to know a person’s name and use it, it brings them even greater joy because it shows that you care about them as an individual.

You Are Not the Bride of Christ | Ryan Higginbottom

The image in Scripture is clear: God is preparing and purifying his people for a great gathering at the end of time. The victorious Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, will meet his bride, the church, and there will be a great feast of celebration. Let’s not dilute or distract from this great biblical image. You are not the bride of Christ; we are.

Writing and the Lie of Better-Than | Barnabas Piper

When we worry about which writers are better than us we have taken the infinite game of creating and lowered it to the finite world of win or lose. When we do this we lose ourselves and our unique ability to say or create anything that matters. We become derivative and soulless – precisely the opposite of what makes the most significant writing significant. Our game is not to defeat other writers but to continually grow as writers.

Pastoral Ministry Doesn’t Have to Be Sedentary | Erik Raymond

Pastors spend a lot of time in a chair. Consider a quick list of regular tasks that a pastor attends to: sermon preparation, counseling, reading, prayer, meetings, driving to meet someone, answering emails, working on projects, and a host of other (seated) things. We know that without some degree of intentionality a pastor can slouch into a sedentary lifestyle. We also know that this type of lifestyle is not healthy. In this post I want to highlight a few practices that I have found helpful in my ministry to combat this problem. If calling them “life-hacks” makes them more compelling and inviting then so be it, but I’m content to call them suggestions.

VIDEOS

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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