Morning Mashup 04/24

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place | Andy Crouch

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Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture | David Murray

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ARTICLES

A Legacy of Forgiveness | The Washington Post

Jemar TisbyHe was walking home from an Easter meal on Sunday when a man walked up to Robert Godwin Sr., asked him to say a name and then shot him in the head. To add to the horror, the killer recorded the shooting and uploaded it to Facebook. Thousands of people saw the slaying before it was removed over an hour later.

The family’s grief, particularly that of Godwin’s children, was on display, too. But so was their love. In a baffling demonstration of grace, three of his children publicly forgave their father’s killer the next day.

Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend?| Ligonier

Albert Mohler: In a time of cultural conflict, the enemy of our enemy may well be our friend. But, with eternity in view and the gospel at stake, the enemy of our enemy must not be confused to be a friend to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Truthing in Love | GoThereFor

Lionel Windsor: Truthing in love means speaking the gospel, speaking the implications of the gospel, and speaking in a gospel-shaped way within the whole network of loving relationships characterized by God’s love for us in Jesus.

Three Lessons from an Intentional Life | ERLC

Lauren McAfee: I have the privilege of working in the company that grandpa started more than 40 years ago. There are many things I’ve learned from him over the years, but here are three specific lessons I’ve gleaned from his life:

10 Reasons to Be Humble Toward Opponents | TGC

Andrew DavisGod doesn’t will for us to give in for an instant on issues of biblical truth. It’s not humilty but self-serving cowardice that causes us to back down from doctrinal attacks. We must fight like lions for the truth of the gospel—the souls of our hearers are at stake. 

I think it’s unlikely for a work of church revitalization to go on without overcoming significant human opposition. But God commands us to be humble toward our opponents, entrusting ourselves to him. This is among the greatest displays of grace. And it’ll be instrumental in transforming your church.

As personal conduct goes, I believe there are at least 10 reasons we should be humble toward our opponents.

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Morning Mashup 04/18

Morning Mashup

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


BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul | HANNAH ANDERSON

 

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No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God | AIMEE BYRD

 

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ARTICLES

MOVIE REVIEW: THE CASE FOR CHRIST | THE BLAZING CENTER

Zach Bartels: Be prepared: it kind of wrecked me, but then again, I’m easily affected by movies. And I was inspired by this one. Upon leaving, I kind of wanted to start a huge investigation of some kind that would result in a complex web of photos and string in my basement.

TWO KEYS TO FLOURISHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE | DESIRING GOD

Tony Reinke: Always connected to the web, always connected to social media, a smartphone with a camera is the most addictive tool of communication ever invented.

 STOP CALLING HEBREWS 11 THE HALL OF FAITH | J.A. MEDDERS

J.A. Medders: The Hall of Fame, in every sport, is an incredible but temporal accomplishment. By faith we look to a heavenly city where duds, the forgotten, the overlooked, are welcome by faith in Christ’s accomplishments. His and his alone.

2017 BOSTON MARATHON | THE BOSTON GLOBE

Proud of one of our Trace Crossing members, Jim Brown, for running and finishing the Boston Marathon.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CATECHESIS | CROSSWAY

Joe Carter: Catechesis a form of religious instruction, typically presented in oral form. The instruction is usually based on a book or document known as a catechism, which contains a summary of principles, especially of religious doctrine, often in the form of questions and answers. 

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THE CASE FOR CHRIST MOVIE PREVIEW

A SNEAK PEAK OF NEW CITY CATECHISM

 

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

My 5 Favorite Christian Podcasts

pexels-photo33I used to think I would never enjoy listening to radio shows because I was raised on TV. Who has the stamina, time, or enough coffee to listen to a couple of guys, or even one guy, ramble on and on about anything? Why listen to Mike & Mike on the radio when you can watch their show on ESPN2? Why listen to sermons when you can watch them on Vimeo, Youtube, or a church website?

My addiction to the screen and video came to a screeching halt when I was introduced to the world of podcasts. I’m extremely late to the party, but podcasts have become my new obsession. Other than the occasional The Office binge on Netflix, I really don’t watch that much TV anymore. I have fully entered the world of podcasts, and I’m not going back.

Shows I used to watch regularly, like First TakePTI, and The Herd, I now stream through podcast. I’ve found my sports intake to be much more satisfying without commercials or distracting video footage. Sure, if the hosts of any given sports podcast are talking about an awesome game or play, I’d love to see the highlights. But for the most part, listening to sports debate and discussion has become increasingly enjoyable in the form of podcast.

There is a therapeutic element to podcast listening. Podcasts seem to be more engaging, and people who do it right are in many ways more entertaining than other forms of media. I love listening to The Briefing with Al Mohler on my way to work. I can’t imagine Mondays and Thursdays without listening to Joe and Jimmy with Doctrine and Devotion. Podcasts have become a part of the rhythm of my life. As I listen, I’m able to unwind or pause to engage a particular cultural, biblical, or theological issue.

I also find podcasts to be sanctifying. Solid Christian podcasts are just another means the Lord is using to grow his people into the likeness of Christ. To be sure, there are many bogus and unhelpful Christian podcasts to say the least. But, there are also greatly edifying podcasts that are well worth your time.

If you have not dipped your toes into the pool of podcasts, I would encourage you to jump on in! The water’s fine! In podcasts, I believe you will find superior satisfaction to TV, as well as a therapeutic and edifying listening experience. To help you get started in the world of podcasts, I want to list some of my favorites. This list does not include all of the podcasts I listen to, but instead lists out my absolute favorites. I listen to each of these podcasts every day new episodes are released.

1. Doctrine and Devotion

I would say this is currently my favorite podcast. They deal with biblical, theological, cultural, and ecclesial issues from a Reformed Baptist perspective. Joe Thorn is lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois. He is a gifted preacher, teacher, and author who brings tons of experience, wisdom, and knowledge to D&D. His co-host, Jimmy Fowler, is an elder-candidate at Redeemer Fellowship. Jimmy also brings great insight to the show. I love the way Joe and Jimmy bring together humor, candor, humility, and conviction. I highly recommend giving these guys a listen.

2. Word Matters

Hosted by Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax, Word Matters deals with biblical and theological dilemmas. I’ve never come away from a Word Matters podcast without learning something. It is an incredibly insightful and practical podcast. At times it can be a little heady, but it’s solid content. If you love tough questions, Word Matters is for you!

3. The Briefing

Al Mohler is one of the most important evangelical voices of the 21st century. His podcast is a daily commentary on news and events from a Christian worldview. Mohler can at times soar high above our heads, but his comments on current events helps Christians better funnel what is happening in the world through a Christian worldview.

4. Ask Pastor John

Questions answered by John Piper. It doesn’t get better than this. What I love about the way Piper responds to each question is the way he processes. Even if I end up disagreeing with his conclusion, I always learn something along the way. The clarity and intentionality with which he speaks is edifying and refreshing in itself.

5. Renewing Your Mind

R.C. Sproul’s Renewing Your Mind examines biblical and theological issues. Sproul is always exegetically careful and theologically insightful.

I listen to many other podcasts, especially sports podcasts and Serial. But among the Christian podcasts I listen to, these five stand out from the pack.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? How have they helped you learn and grow?


Mathew Gilbert (B.A. Boyce College) is Associate Pastor for Children and Preschool at The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo, MS. He is the author of Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (Westbow Press, 2016). He is an M.Div student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathew is married to his high school sweetheart, Erica. Mathew and Erica live in Tupelo with their son, Jude. You can follow him on Twitter @mat_gilbert.

Morning Mashup 09/16

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A mashup of articles for your information, edification, entertainment, and enjoyment.


A Call for Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration – Thabiti Anyabwile observes and exposes the reality that most opponents of mass incarceration offer little hope by simply stating the problem. He writes, “Black families affected by mass incarceration need hope that’s stronger than the vicissitudes of this life, built on better promises than social policy can offer. Inner-city communities need hope that places its members’ happiness beyond the reach of their enemies. Vulnerable families need hope stronger than the death that’s so frequently dealt out in its homes and hamlets.”

Dear Mama of Littles – A beautiful article for my wife and all other “Mamas of littles.”

Technology and the Truth about the Viability of the Unborn – Dan Darling: “Either technology will force us to face the truth about abortion, or it will force us to admit we know what we are doing: taking innocent human life.”

The Art of Conferencing – As a children’s pastor, I highly recommend this historically proven method of discipleship in the home.

Why We Must Recover the Master of Divinity Degree – Jason Allen of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ushers a resounding call for the recovery of a robust and thorough Master of Divinity Degree. His closing spoke to me: “The call to the ministry is indeed the most glorious calling known to man. All whom God has called must be optimally prepared to serve him. Don’t settle for the quickest or easiest degree; aim for being maximally prepared for a lifetime of faithful ministry. Completing the Master of Divinity degree does not ensure a faithful ministry, but it does best position one for it. If at all possible, don’t settle for anything less.”

20 Funny and Strange Things Church Members Say – Pastors and staff were informally polled on Twitter by Thom Rainer to come up with this list. Surely you’ve never said any of these things, right?

Is Suicide and Unforgivable Sin that Will Send You to Hell? – An interesting approach to a sensitive question.

Co-Founder of Subway Restaurant Chain Dies at 67 – Within this NY Times piece is an interesting story about the beginnings of Subway.

Why Can’t Novak Djokovic Get Some Respect? – The title is a bit misleading. Djokovic has tons of respect, but he’s definitely not the darling of men’s tennis quite yet. Our love affair with Federer still rages on. This is odd and unfortunate because Djokovic is insanely talented, a ten-fold Grand Slam champion, and a seemingly likable dude.

Jesus is the first and last person in history to be told that obedience would bring a curse. –Tim Keller

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