Morning Mashup 10/10

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Dear Brittany Maynard… – A gracious and moving open letter from one cancer patient to another (Brittany Maynard) who is planning assisted suicide. I was deeply saddened when I read, “Brittany, your life matters, your story matters, and your suffering matters.”

The Walking Dead: Brokenness Will Find You – “Though our dead rest in peace, the world of The Walking Dead echoes our own.”

Stop Calling it Marriage Equality – “I’m asking on what logical grounds can a person argue that gay marriage is okay but polygamy is not—or any other type of marriage?”

Joan or John? – What if a woman who was once a man is sitting under your preaching one Sunday and then desires to follow Jesus? How should this man who is trying to be a woman repent? How would you respond? Russell Moore offers a sobering and gracious answer.

14 Questions to Ask a Pastor Search Committee – I will be filing this away for future reference.

The Genesis of Resurrection Hope – Mitchell Chase with a great paper on elements of the resurrection in Genesis. If you have time, it would benefit your soul to check it out.

I Am Not a Christian Rapper – Check out this Trip Lee interview on BET as he discusses why he prefers to not be called a “Christian rapper.”

An Open Letter to Members of Sovereign Grace Churches – Mark Prater: “On September 22, Maryland’s highest appellate court denied the plaintiffs’ request for the court to review the lower appellate court’s dismissal of the civil lawsuit that was brought against Sovereign Grace in October 2012. The dismissal of this case is a significant moment for everyone involved, and may be the subject of much conversation in and beyond our churches. On behalf of Sovereign Grace’s leadership, there are some thoughts I want to contribute to that discussion.”

Spare the Rod? – An honest, thoughtful, and humble approach to spanking and parental discipline from Mathew Sims.

Why a Good Wife is the Difference Between Success and Failure – “When I am considering men for the ministry these days I am looking more and more at their wives and I am encouraging them to do so.”

It is wiser to acknowledge our ignorance than to reduce divine mysteries to our limited explanations. –John Calvin

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Morning Mashup 09/26

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Raising Your Children in an Age of Increasing Persecution – “My husband and I have always known that we were going to need to prepare our children for resistance to the Christian faith, but we had wrongly assumed that it would be with regards to bold evangelizing when they were older.”

To Substitute Another Thirst – Wesley Hill is such an important voice on this issue: “We—I count myself among them—can speak of celibacy as a faithful path for gay Christians in such sunny, sanguine terms that one might think salvation comes by saying no to gay sex rather than by the mediation of Christ.”

How Can Christians Tell the Difference Between a Spiritual Issue and a Physical One? – A quick and helpful response from Heath Lambert.

Are Pro-Spanking Christians Feckless or Faithful? – David Prince responds to Jonathan Merrit’s critique of Prince’s initial response to Merrit’s initial critique of Christian parents who spank…Huh?…Just check it out.

Finally, the Captain spends his last night on the field in the Bronx in the only way he knows how. Derek Jeter’s walk-off was nothing short of beautiful. The script could not have been written any better!

If you want Jesus, it is because he wants you. Contrary to critical distortions, the doctrine of election is the heart of assurance. –Jared Wilson

Morning Mashup 09/17

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Spanking, Abuse, and Modern Families – Dave Miller exposes the biblical call for parents to discipline their children and the striking difference between spanking and abuse. This should help in thinking through Adrian Peterson’s actions.

Was Richard Dawkins Right? – In Romans 8:28, “All things really means all things, including disabilities and genetic anomalies that will lead to much pain and suffering.”

Why Can’t Men Be Friends? – An open, honest, and important article from Wesley Hill on the absence of and the need for male friendship.

Survey Says Churches Are More Racially Diverse and Open to Homosexual Members – Joe Carter examines this recent trend.

Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis – Albert Mohler: “The sexuality crisis has demonstrated the failure of theological method on the part of many pastors.”

Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday? – An excellent explanation from Daniel Hyde.

Another Novelist to Consider Reading – Kevin DeYoung recommends the reading of an author I have never heard of. After reading this post, I am heading over to Amazon to purchase a new book.

Christians Arrested at a Prayer Meeting in Saudi Arabia – Pray for these brothers and sisters.

Are They Really Worshipping God? – An important reminder that though kids may be singing, worship is much more than physical expression.

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress – “At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.”

25 Brilliant “No Trespassing” Signs – Some of these are hilarious. Some are just disturbing. All of them I’d love to see someone test…or not.

God’s chief end is his glory, and he made us to find our highest joy in hallowing his name. –J.I. Packer

Morning Mashup 09/15

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Adrian Peterson Indicted for Negligent Injury to a Child – Here are the details of the indictment of Adrian Peterson and the incident with his son.

What the Bible Teaches About Spanking – The indictment of Peterson will undoubtedly give rise to questions of the legitimacy of spanking as a form of parental discipline. Denny Burk outlines Andy Naselli’s biblical exposition of spanking in this post.

What We Can Learn from the Ray Rice Situation – Tony Dungy believes there are a few lessons we can learn from the Ray Rice situation.

California Southern Baptist Convention Expels ‘Third Way’ Church – In a unanimous decision, “The California Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Board voted Thursday (Sept. 11) to withdraw fellowship from a church whose pastor says he believes homosexual acts are not always sinful.”

Reflections on Mark Driscoll Stepping Down – This is a very poignant post on the Mark Driscoll situation. With the countless posts on Driscoll floating around online, this is one of the best.

Why I Still Go to Seminary – Why would a pastor go to seminary? J.A. Medders gives an awesome answer. As a Bible college and future seminary student, this was very encouraging. “Seminary doesn’t end with me; it’s end is the glory of God and the good of His people.”

Why We Need Both Clarity and Courage in Preaching – Trevin Wax: “Clarity and courage remain two of the most crucial characteristics of authentic Christian preaching. For they relate to the content of the message preached and to the style of its presentation.”

How God Cares For Those Who Don’t – Paul Maxwell: “Apathy is a unique mixture of haughty rebellion and suffering. God offers himself to the apathetic.”

It Takes a Mentor – Thomas Friedman: “[T]he need for schools to have a good grasp of what employers are looking for and for employers to be communicating with schools about those skills is greater than ever.”

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent – Ironically, Steve Jobs did not throw his technological creations into his kids’ laps. Read why.

Finally, check out this amazing typewriter artist who was born with severe cerebral palsy. He will blow your mind!

Motivation without empowerment is empty rhetoric. –Eric Mason