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

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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