Morning Mashup 10/20

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Sunday nights provide me with a unique opportunity. I will without fail be doing four things simultaneously: (1) Shaping up a paper due for class at 11:55 pm, (2) Watching both The Walking Dead and Sunday Night Football, (3) Watching my wife and our dog take a long, long nap, and, finally, (4) Work on the Morning Mashup post for Monday.

This all made for an exceptionally interesting night, especially when Gareth was gnawing on Bob’s leg at the end of TWD. Not sure I have recovered from that yet. But as intrigued as I was throughout the night, I kept this in mind as I prepared this edition of Morning Mashup. I hope you find these articles interesting, encouraging, challenging, informing, edifying, or all the above. But seriously…those Terminus folks are MESSED UP!


Peyton Manning Breaks Brett Favre’s All-Time TD Record – Last night, Peyton Manning set the NFL record for career touchdown passes. He threw four TD passes against the 49ers in an all out shellacking. So, here’s to the greatest quarterback in NFL history. Yeah, I said it.

Hillsong Shifts on Homosexuality – When asked to clarify their stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, Hillsong pastor, Brian Houston, was anything but clear. He essentially gave a non-answer and this article from Andrew Walker shows why evangelicals should be concerned.

Hillsong (kind of) Clarifies Statement on Gay Marriage – While Houston affirms traditionally held Christian views on homosexuality, he remains unclear. I don’t see this statement as invalidating Walker’s above article.

How Boko Haram’s Murders and Kidnappings are Changing Nigeria’s Churches – “Leading Nigerian evangelical says Christians won’t abandon the North.”

Why I’m Not Afraid of Ebola – Inspiring words from a doctor who is a Christian.

One of the Oldest Known Synagogues Seized by ISIS – “Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists not only threaten the current Middle East according to antiquities officials in Iraq and Syria, the terror group threatens to erase 5,000 years of history and relics in upper Mesopotamia, including one of the earliest Jewish synagogues.”

The Better Half: SEC Wives – This brief feature on the lives of the wives of SEC football coaches is unique and interesting. However, there is a saddening effect inherent with their lifestyles.

The Mid-Degree Crisis and Value of Work During Seminary – This was timely in my life. I am a theology student who works. I received much-needed encouragement from Phillip Bethancourt in this post.

Book Review of “The Bible Tells Me So” – Don’t miss this important review of Peter Enns’ controversial book.

Marriage on the Edge of Eternity – Francis Chan: “Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next.”

5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline – Tim Challies: “There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes.”

The One Key Component to Good Writing – Barnabas Piper with some helpful advice for all of my fellow writers out there.

As long as we let the Word be our only armor we can look confidently into the future. –Deitrich Bonhoeffer

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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