Morning Mashup 11/27


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5 Truths About Thanksgiving – “Thanksgiving is a pervasive and essential concept in Scripture. And although it is good to set aside a Thursday each November to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving, the Scriptures have more to say about giving thanks than one day a year can handle.” Joseph Scheumann offers five biblical truths about thanksgiving.

Should the Church Get Out of the Marriage Business? – It is tempting for Christians to bypass the marriage debate entirely by opting out of the “marriage business.” Andrew Walker writes that it isn’t just the church who would suffer from an exit from the marriage debate, but society as a whole.

The Least of These: Who Are They? – My friend Jonathan Woodyard (M.Div student at Bethlehem College and Seminary) has written a short, yet helpful post on the identity of the “least of these” in Matthew 25. This is a passage countless people go to this time of year, in particular, as a basis for caring for the poor and needy. Woodyard shows how appealing to this passage to universally care for the needy is “right theology coming from the wrong text.”

Can You Be a Sold-Out Christian in the Suburbs? – While I have not personally experienced these feelings, there are those who say that “ordinary” Christianity is undermined by books like David Platt’s Radical. Even though I think these concerns are often over-exaggerated and misunderstand the purpose of Platt’s book, I also understand that these concerns are valid when they cause Christians to question their devotion to Christ because they live an ordinary life. Owen Strachan has written an excellent post that addresses this issue as he shows that “ordinary” Christians can and should be completely sold-out to Christ.

A Deeper Look at What the Bible Says About the Bible – The Bible makes many claims about itself. Matt Smethurst examines what it says.

What You Should Know About the HHS Contraceptive-Abortifacient Mandate – Joe Carter offers some must-knows about the HHS Contraceptive-Abortifacient Mandate.

The inner thought world determines the outward action. —Francis Schaeffer

 

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