Morning Mashup 08/26

Morning Mashup

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


KINDLE DEALS

Romans (The Story of God Bible Commentary) | Michael Bird | $7.99

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How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour | Gordon Fee | $4.99

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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition | Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart | $4.99

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Morning Mashup 07/29

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


KINDLE DEALS

Same-Sex Marriage (Thoughtful Response): A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage | Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet | $1.99

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Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint | Ben Reed | $4.97

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Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t | SBTS

Hershael York: On the first day of the semester, or the first time I hear a student preach, I have no way of knowing if he has what it takes or is willing to do what he must to be the preacher he needs to be, but I can usually tell by the second sermon if he does, because that is when he has to act on what I told him after his first sermon. What makes the difference?

The Attractional Church’s Growing Irrelevance | TGC

Jared WilsonI find it incredibly interesting, sort of amusing, and more than a bit sad that the attractional church—what we used to call the “seeker church”—hasn’t seemed to grow up at all. Yes, it’s grown big. But growing big and growing up aren’t the same thing.

9 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches | B&H Academic

Ed StetzerWe would challenge established church pastors to mother a church plant. You’ll see that people will be won to Jesus in the churches you plant and in your church. Some that may be less receptive to your church will be receptive to your plant. That’s why we want to plant churches that plant churches that plant churches.

Hillary Clinton Rehearsing Convention Speech in Dozens of Different Dialects | The Babylon Bee

Hilarious!

7 Ways to Help Children Deal With Tragedies | Facts & Trends

Bill EmeottWhile you may be all too aware of the recent tragedies, most younger kids probably aren’t even aware—thank God. To some extent, ignorance may be the best plan. They’ll hear things and you should be ready to have meaningful conversations, but I would advise church leaders and parents to be careful about the media exposure and adult conversations you allow your kids to be exposed to over the next few days. Below are some ideas that might help parents and ministry leaders as they deal with the children in their lives during this crisis.

Being Real About Being Real | Desiring God

Jon BloomMillennials, in no way do I wish your desire for authenticity to diminish. I want it to increase, and mine with yours. It is spiritually healthy, and as a generational value could be a harbinger of a new outpouring of the Spirit. I only long for you to avoid sacrificing love on the altar of your ideals, a mistake we, your predecessors, have made.

Should Pastors Host a Q&A After the Worship Service? Tim Keller Responds to Mark Jones | Gospel Relevance

Tim Keller drops a 1,400 word response to Mark Jones’ criticism in the comment section of his article on hosting a Q&A after a worship service. Incredibly helpful!

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When Culture Gets Confused With Christianity | Jamie Dew

 

Bad Lip Reading of Ted Cruz

Morning Mashup 07/17

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At the end of a week filled with controversies in America, I was not short of interesting articles to share with you. I have given more time to reading articles this week than I usually do. I even put down Lewis and Keller for a few days to saturate my mind in the variety of voices responding to the many crucial issues facing our nation. Many of these articles are related to the atrocious video of an official with Planned Parenthood admitting to harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies. As always, I pray you are encouraged, edified, and informed by this mashup of articles.


Ghouls – I wish I could write half as well as Doug Wilson. He is particularly gifted at writing about those issues that are hard to write about in a compelling and convictional manner. In this post, Wilson has some characteristically strong and poignant words in response to the chilling video of a chief Planned Parenthood medical official admitting to the trafficking of aborted baby body parts.

Planned Parenthood and the Conscience of a Nation – When it comes to responding to cultural issues, controversies, and travesties from a Christian worldview, I always turn to Albert Mohler. Dr. Mohler is on point in this article.

7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting Your Marriage – Much gospel wisdom in this piece.

4 Types of Parental Involvement in Student Ministry – I believe parental involvement is crucial to student ministry, and like this article states, student ministry really falls within family ministry. If you are involved in student ministry leadership, you really need to check this out. This is a great post about the importance of parental involvement.

How Can We Protect Freedom for Everyone? – Ryan Anderson, who is always insightful in the so-called, “same-sex marriage” debate, writes, “Even now that the Supreme Court has redefined marriage, Americans who believe that marriage is union of husband and wife should be free to live and work in accord with their convictions.”

Planned Parenthood is about Abortion– In a pathetic attempt to salvage some level of respect, Planned Parenthood and its supporters began saying things like, “We are not about abortion,” “Abortion only makes up 3% of the services Planned Parenthood provides.” Well, this article brings that atrocious deception into the light.

The Grotesque Business of Planned Parenthood – “It’s hard to have an honest debate about abortion in this country, when the issue is so often shrouded in evasion and deception. That’s why we all owe a debt to Deborah Nucatola. She is willing to tell it the way it is.”

New Andy Mineo Album Release Date Revealed – Andy Mineo is one of my favorite artists. My brother and I were just talking a few weeks ago about when Mineo’s new album would release. Well, now we know. Can’t wait for “Uncomfortable” this fall!

Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN – Even though I disagree with nearly every single opinion that comes from the mouth of Colin Cowherd, I am saddened to see his departure from ESPN Radio. I always appreciated his desire and gift to speak to the broader issues within sports and how they relate to the wider culture. Cowherd would examine how sports influenced culture and how the cultural landscape influenced sports in his own goofy and unashamed manner. He was insightful, and he helped me get into a progressive’s mind to see how they view the world, which has helped me speak with greater understanding to cultural issues. I will miss disagreeing with Cowherd each morning.

Planned Parenthood’s Dehumanizing Rhetoric – “But we should also work to end the systemic pressures which keep the moral evil of abortion a meaningful possibility in the American culture, the same way over the past year many people have become more aware of how the evils of racism continue to structure our society.”

If it seems 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 fetus in the womb before it has come to light. —John Calvin

Morning Mashup 09/03

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10 articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment.

Let No Special Need Hinder the Spread of the Gospel – Amen. Wondering how your church can minister the gospel to those with special needs? Look no further than this post.

Should I Attend a Same-Sex Wedding? – “Sometimes the most loving thing to do is not the thing that on the surface looks most loving…Going to a same-sex wedding is not the most loving thing to do because I don’t want to encourage my friends in actions that run contrary to God’s command.”

How Now Shall We Write? – Bethany Jenkins on how the authority of God is at risk through our use of modal verbs. This is such a helpful piece for preachers, teachers, and writers, especially.

Why Curing Cancer Matters to Me – Barnabas Piper is always entertaining and interesting to read, but in this short post he is particularly heartwarming.

What Would it Have Been Like to Attend a Puritan Worship Service? – History buffs, particularly church history buffs, like myself, will greatly appreciate this.

Walk With God For Joy – Jared Wilson says that Victoria Osteen most definitely wasn’t right in her recent comments, but she also wasn’t completely wrong. Read to see what he means.

The Osteen Predicament – Albert Mohler: “If our message cannot be preached with credibility in Mosul, it should not be preached in Houston.”

Victoria Osteen, the Glory of God, and Reformed Worship – Ok, ok, this is the last post on the Osteens. Promise! Ligon Duncan says at the very least, Victoria Osteen prompted an important discussion about the nature of worship.

War in Europe is Not a Hysterical Idea – Now before you tie Anne Applebaum to the stake for being a witch, you would do well to consider her opinion on the state of eastern Europe, Russia, and the comparison between pre-WWII and today. I am slow to take her thoughts to their logical end, but she does make some compelling points.

Church Re-Plant Grows From 13 to 1,300 in Ten Years – I love stories like this one. May this encourage you to further faithfulness in your ministry.

Never, never underestimate the power of the love of God to break down and transform the most amazingly hard individuals. –D.A. Carson

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 08/13

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10 articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Happy Wednesday!

When Existence Becomes Seemingly Impossible – Alan Noble with a sobering piece on the reality of mental illness and depression in light of Robin Williams’ suicide. Noble writes, “What I want to say is that life is harder than most of us will let on, and probably the deepest struggles we’ll face will be silent and petty — things like choosing to get out of bed and get dressed. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof, but so too is Christ’s Grace.”

Obituary for Robin Williams – Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times writes this moving obituary for the beloved actor.

A Generation of Pro-Choicers Wiped Out by Abortion – Research observes the trend of an increasing number of pro-lifers as a result of higher fertility among those against abortion.

Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? – Sociologist Mark Regnerus criticizes recent studies suggesting children of same-sex parents fair better than their peers.

Pray Fervently for Iraqis – Russell Moore: “As Christians, we should pray for the president and our military leaders to wisely administer the sword of justice.”

Iraq and the Risks of Inaction – Ross Douthat warns that inaction in Iraq is more perilous than action against ISIS. Douthat writes, “I don’t know exactly what the politics of the Middle East would look like if we shrugged, dropped humanitarian aid, and let ISIS continue its advance. But I’m willing to accept the risks of action, and accept the perils and downsides of continued hegemony, in order to avoid finding out.”

Deacon Run Churches: Are they Biblical? – Many churches are ran by deacons. However, is this a biblical form of church government?  Louis Love, Tony Carter, and Thabiti Anyabwile discuss the offices of elders and deacons in an interview over at The Front Porch.

Warfare Prayer – This is a helpful resource from David Sitton and To Every Tribe to help you more effectively pray for missionaries.

So How Did It Go Sunday? – H.B. Charles Jr with a tremendous piece to help the pastor’s heart following a sermon. He offers five helpful ways to measure the Sunday sermon.

Paul Tripp Resigns Position with Mars Hill BoAA – Tripp offers his reasoning for his decision to sever ties with this board.

Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love. –John Stott

Morning Mashup 08/11

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11 articles for your information, edification, and enjoyment. Have a great Monday!

3 Opportunities for Gospel Outreach in Public Schools – How can Christian teachers and churches engage public schools with the gospel under our current laws.

Even Ghengis Khan Didn’t Do This – The Islamic State is on a rampage to ethnically and religiously cleanse Iraq. They are proving themselves one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in history.

5 Things You Can Actually Do to Help Christians in Iraq – The crisis in Iraq is raging and is showing no signs of ceasing. In the meantime, here are five practical things that you can do to help.

How Should We Respond to Ann Coulter’s Article on the Ebola Doctor? – Matt Perman addresses the popular claim among Donald Trump and Ann Coulter that Dr. Brantly wasted his life serving in Africa. With so many problems in our own nation, is it foolish to serve the least of these across the world?

Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future – Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable.

Tolerate or Be Stamped Out – Erick Erickson: “Enormous energy is being expended by the left in America to make Christianity and Christians unacceptable… One thing is for sure — a faith that survived its followers being used as torches to light the streets of Rome will survive a modern age hell bent on ruthlessly stamping it out.”

The Right War – Ross Douthat: “So our intervention in northern Iraq has a limited, attainable objective: Push ISIS back toward the Sunni heartland, allow its victims to seek refuge in Kurdish territory and increase the Kurds’ capacity to go on offense against the caliphate.”

5 Reasons You Ought to Consider Buying the ESV Reader’s Bible – Denny Burk offers five compelling reasons for buying the ESV Reader’s Bible.

A Welcomed Breakthrough With Campbellsville – While it is encouraging Campbellsville is willing to come to the table to discuss the future relationship between the university and the KBC, the details of such a relationship are still unknown.

David Platt on Global Christian Persecution – David Platt sits down with Daniel Darling of the ERLC to discuss how the church should understand Christian persecution worldwide.

What Rory’s Rise Means – Rory McIlroy has won three PGA tournaments in a row, including two majors (The Open Championship and the PGA Championship). He is by far the best golfer in the world. Tiger seems to be fading, but the future of golf is bright with Rory leading the way.

Not [Christ’s] death alone..but his entire life was an act of self-denial, a self-offering presented by him as head in the place of his own. –Herman Bavinck

Morning Mashup 07/30

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A Letter to the Caliph – A graceful, strong, and moving open letter from missionary and author, Tim Keesee, to the leader of the Islamist militant group, ISIS.

Weary of Culture-Warring – Eric Teetsel: “Unapologetic Christian conviction vying in the public square does not exacerbate the gulf between Christians and others. For what fellowship can darkness hath with light? The Gospel is good. It is true. It is life-giving. Therefore even the clumsiest act of evangelism is an act of love. If competing for public policies that reflect our Gospel-centered values is an impediment we ought not cease fighting, but instead demonstrate to our fellow citizens that we are fighting for them.”

Why No One Cares About the Christians of Mosul – Tom Wilson: “The contrast between the world’s non-reaction to the decimation of Mosul’s once 60,000-strong Christian community and the hysterical hate-fueled frenzy being directed against Israel over the casualties in Gaza reminds us that in the liberal imagination, all human suffering is not considered equal.”

How to Memorize Entire Books of the Bible – If you have ever wanted to memorize extended passages of Scripture, Jemar Tisby of RAAN outlines a method that has helped him do just that. I have also found this method to be effective in memorizing lengthy passages–even entire chapters and books.

There is No Right to Same-Sex Marriage – A Virginia judge dissented the commonwealth’s 4th circuit’s decision that Virginia’s marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He said, “The fundamental right to marriage does not include a right to same-sex marriage.” Check out Ryan Anderson’s further reflections.

Three Views on How Long a Sermon Should Be – Thom Rainer examines what church members and church leaders believe about the proper length of a sermon.

The Parable of the Lawn Mower – If you find agreement with the statement, “Preach the gospel, use words if necessary,” check out this parable that teaches an invaluable lesson. See how your works do indeed preach something, just not the gospel.

It is not he that reads most , but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. –Thomas Brooks