Morning Mashup 04/10

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel | TREVIN WAX

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12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You | TONY REINKE

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ARTICLES

REMEMBERING THE RURAL | CANON FODDER

Michael Kruger: In recent years, this interest in the urban has sometimes turned into a superiorityof the urban, and even a disdain of the rural. Those who are a part of urban churches can sometimes project an attitude, even unwittingly, that urban centers are where “real” ministry happens.

ARE SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS VALUABLE | EPM

Randy Alcorn‘s answer to the question, “Wouldn’t it be better just to take the money spent on short-term trips and send it to the mission field instead?”

THE OBSCENITY OF THE CROSS AND THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL | TPJ

Timothy Paul Jones: These forsaken bodies—the vast majority of the victims of Roman crucifixion—remained on their crosses to be consumed. Thus their remains disintegrated into the dust of the Roman Empire. But the case of Jesus—a Jew, crucified near Jerusalem on the eve of a popular religious festival—doesn’t fit this pattern.

WHY YOU MAY BE MISREADING SCRIPTURE | LOGOS

Tyler Smith: When we come to familiar passages, like the Easter story, we are tempted to rely more on our memory of the story and less on the text of Scripture itself.

RAISING EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUNG BELIEVERS| REFORMED MARGINS

Erik Odegard: There are young believers throughout our churches who are capable to be trusted with significant responsibilities, gospel labors, and growing in grace.  I pray that we would recognize that God has gifted young believers for the edification of our churches (1 Corinthians 12:7), raise our expectations of them, sharpen them training, and entrust them with significant tasks.

5 LESSONS FROM FALLEN PASTORS | ERIC GEIGER

Eric Geiger: As pastors are removed from ministry, the implications on churches and families are far-reaching. Here are five lessons from a season of fallen pastors, a season that has, at times, felt epidemic.

VIDEOS

Russell Westbrook Game-Winning Buzzer Beater | NBA

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Morning Mashup 06/01

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


KINDLE DEALS

God Took Me by the Hand: A Story of God’s Unusual Providence | Jerry Bridges | $1.99

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ARTICLES

10 Ways to Grow Your Marriage While Having Young Kids | Gavin Ortlund

“After my walk with Christ, nothing should take a higher priority in my life than cultivating intimacy and friendship with my wife—not even being a dad. In fact, I know I can’t be the dad God calls me to be unless my marriage is strong. Here are some strategies we’ve reflected on that might be helpful to other young parents in a similar season of life.”

4 Things I Learned About Work from a Peewee Soccer Team | Barnabas Piper

“Over the course of the season, though, I began to notice a few things that consistently occurred that turned the outcome of every game. Each of them is directly applicable to your work and mine.”

Seven Ways to Improve Your Preaching | Kevin DeYoung

“Below are seven practical ways we can improve our preaching. And please note: I deliberately use the words “we” and “our,” because I’m thinking of my sermons as much as anyone’s. These suggestions are things I continue to work on as a preacher, sometimes with success and often with less progress than I would like.”

The Unbusy Pastor | Eugene Peterson

“The word busy is a symptom not of commitment but of betrayal.”

What If Your Kids’ Sports Teams Interfere With the Church Schedule? | Interview with David Prince

Russell Moore: “In this episode of Signposts I talk with my friend, pastor David Prince, about what Christian families can do to maintain healthy priorities when it comes to church and sports.”

What Does it Mean to Take the Lord’s Name in Vain? | Iain Campbell

“By naming Himself, God not only discloses who He is, but He does so in such a way that we might know Him personally. To live by the terms of the third commandment is to recognize and confess that God deserves the highest honor; that He has singled us out by putting His name on us; that we would be entirely lost were it not that for the sake of His name He keeps and protects us; and that He calls us to live after the example of Jesus, glorifying God on earth. We are the bearers of the name of God; may all our conduct show it.”

Know When to Walk Away | Tony Reinke

“How do we push back against the urge to tap the social media icon on our phones and jump into the slot machine of digital randomness, all served up fresh and sugary, moment by moment, to the eyes? Here are twelve steps.”

VIDEOS

Dads Should Be Exhausted | Matt Chandler (HT: Communicate Jesus)

Morning Mashup 09/09

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Together for the Gospel Registration Opens – I’m so excited about T4G in 2016. The theme is titled, “We Are Protestant,” The emphasis is on the roots of the T4G movement, particularly the Reformers and their doctrines of the five solas.

God’s Word is Going Forth – It humbles me to see men and women rejoicing over receiving the Bible in their language. May we never take this luxury for granted.

When Sports Becomes Your God – David Prince: “Is your commitment to sports becoming a substitute god rather than a means of delighting in God? To help you decide whether or not you are corrupting God’s good gift of sports, I have offered several guidelines.”

I am a Christian, But I Don’t Follow Christ – Denny Burk comments on the I’m a Christian, But… video that has gone viral. He makes some important points.

Check out this great project where the Psalms are set to music:

Blessed Are the Risk-Takers – Modified excerpt from J.D. Gerri’s latest book. This is enough to send you to Amazon.

The Top Tennis Players in the World Started Here – Journey to see the childhood courts of the likes of Djokovic, Federer, the Williams sisters, and more.

The Greatest Wall – Short gospel reflection from Tim Challies.

Mailbag 15 – Jonathan Leeman answers some great questions relating to officiating weddings, church membership, church discipline over giving, elders, and more.

When God illumines us to receive the truth, it is like creation ex nihilo. –John Frame

Morning Mashup 10/29

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The Royals forced Game 7. The NBA is back. The Cowboys lost to the Redskins. My wife and I are back from the beach. All is right with the world. As I was watching a perfect kickoff to the NBA season in the form of the Spurs vs. Mavs, I compiled for you some excellent articles ranging from the state of theology in America to the World Series to ex-gay therapy to the college football playoff. Take time to engage with each of these articles. I know they will bless you or encourage you or mildly entertain you. Whatever the case, enjoy your Wednesday!


5 Ways to Experience Christian Growth – Phillip Holmes offers five ways to truly experience Christian growth.

The State of Theology – An interesting and informative infographic produced by Ligonier as the result of a survey that has “helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.”

Marriage and Pre-martial Sex – “Being unable to find a potential spouse who allows for or even agrees with one’s Christian sexual mores is not at all an unknown trial.”

Russell Moore Denounces Ex-Gay Therapy – Moore: “The idea that one is simply the sum of one’s sexual identity is something that is psychologically harmful ultimately…And I think also we have a situation where gay and lesbian people have been treated really, really badly.”

The Unexpected Sacrifices of the Mission Field – Jason Carter: “We have missed our extended family – grandparents, aunt & uncles and cousins. We have experienced attempted break-ins to our house at night. Our car has been vandalized. Malaria has visited our family multiple times. While the joys abound, the challenges are manifold. Yet it has often been the unexpected challenges of the mission field that surprise me the most.”

It’s All About the Fundamentals – Barnabas Piper expresses my exact thoughts and feelings about what it takes to thrive in both the Christian life and sports.

Don’t Be Fooled By the Knicks – Stephen A. Smith breaks down the NBA Eastern Conference and the state of the new-look New York Knicks.

Royals Force Game 7 – Here is a recap of the Royals rout of the Giants in Game 6. What a classic World Series this has been! I’m not crazy about either team, but I would kind of like to see the Royals finish the dream.

College Football Playoff Rankings – The first ever edition of the college football playoff rankings is officially out. And the SEC West dominates it.

So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust. –Burk Parsons

Morning Mashup 08/29

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The Continuing Menace of Anti-Semitism – Michael Gerson of The Washington Post writes, “In fact, anti-Jewish attitudes remain deep and consistent, and the memory of the Holocaust is fading.”

Please Say More than Six Words to Your Kids About Sports or Any Performance – I love when David Prince writes on sports. I grew up playing three sports, and I can attest from experience that Prince’s counsel for what to say to kids before and after performance is spot on!

Losing Your Voice – Clint Archer gives four ways pastors can lose their pulpits.

Mas Hill Pastors’ Letter on Mark Driscoll – Things are falling apart in Seattle. I have been deeply saddened by Mark Driscoll’s fall and I pray for repentance and restoration. But as for now, Paul Tripp admits something (as quoted in the letter) startling and frightening: “This is without a doubt, the most abusive, coercive ministry culture I’ve ever been involved with.”

An Impatience with Biblical Exegesis – Wesley Hill: “Although it may seem futile, the effort to trace out the meaning of the Bible and talk about Scripture with others isn’t a vain exercise.”

Marriage and Mating Rites – Karen Swallow Prior: “If marriage is a sacrament, then the way in which practices that lead to marriage function as liturgies deserves attention.”

Christians Are Terrible: You Should Know This Going In – Derek Rishmawy: “One of the major premises of the Christian faith is that humans are so flawed, so broken, so rebellious, and so unable to redeem themselves that the eternal Son had to incarnate himself, live, die, and rise again in order to fix them.”

Bill Cosby and Victoria Osteen – Bill Cosby reacts to Victoria Osteen. Watch all the way to the end.

13 Marketing Terms You Might Be Falling For – Barnabas Piper gives the down-low on marketing tricks.

Six Things Every Freshman Needs to Know – Sammy Rhodes: “If I could write a letter to every incoming freshman who doesn’t want to waste their college, I would want to say six things to them before they move to campus. It applies to their anxious parents, too.”

Because the gospel is endlessly rich, it can handle the burden of being the one “main thing” of a church. –Timothy Keller

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